NPD sales for Vita software.... Do they matter?

#1flame030191Posted 9/13/2013 3:36:43 PM
It's well known that Sony doesn't share sales information, so the digitally purchased games never have sales figures given to anyone, including NPD. This isn't too big of a problem for PS3 as many of the games on it are physical only or the physical versions have some sort of bonus features that the digital does not, leading to a bigger response to the physical copy instead.

However, all Vita games are available digitally, and most are a few bucks cheaper digitally as well, almost always granting the same bonus items. There's also a lot more pro-digital customers who own a Vita it seems.

So when NPD releases the sales numbers of a newly released game, does it truly matter? If so, why?
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#2NnamzPosted 9/13/2013 4:49:38 PM
NPD for software hasn't been relevant for a very long time for 2 reasons:

#1. They stopped tracking individual SKU's for games. Tracking the performance of multiplatform titles on different platforms is impossible now, which is annoying.

#2. They don't account for digital sales, which is an extremely high % of portable games purchased. It's too big of a slice not to include.
#3StrikeNinja24Posted 9/13/2013 4:52:54 PM
Because Sony needs to start releasing some numbers or they will continue to face the scrutiny of not doing so.

You dont hide good news in business.
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