Launch sales are always paltry. The Vita was actually a surprise for a console launch, handheld or not. In fairness, it has not even been half a year and also some games had to be pushed back for unrelated reasons (Metro: Last Light, Rayman, Wonderful 101, even Pikmin I suppose). Compare the Wii U launch to the 3DS, basically. Slow start then a quick rise to power. At least, that's how I'd see it. I won't deny though that their 3rd party support has been lacking, but that's honestly in large part due to those 3rd party developers.