Feb 28, 2012

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PlayStation Vita Sells Big in US, Europe, Australia

PlayStation Vita Sells Big in US, Europe, Australia

Analysts and gamers alike have been thirsting for PlayStation Vita sales figures since Sony’s new portable launched in the United States, Europe, and Australia last week. Faced with slowing demand in Japan, the Vita was the subject of low expectations leading up to launch. According to this morning’s Sony press release, such expectations were unfounded. The PlayStation Vita has sold 1.2 million units since its Japanese launch last December, boiling US, EU, and AU first-week sales figures (including First Edition Bundles) down to approximately 620,000 Vita units between the three regions. Specific details on the numbers for each region aren’t available yet.

Furthermore, Sony has officially stated that Vita software sales exceed 2 million, including both retail and digital units. Again, no specific details about the division are available, but Sony’s report on digital sales (however vague) hopefully signals a greater openness about the digital market down the line. SCE President and Group CEO Andrew House was encouraged by these figures, stating:

The market has responded and there is clear demand for a mobile device capable of providing a revolutionary combination of rich gaming and social connectivity within a real world context.  To sustain momentum, we’re working closely with 3rd party developers and publishers to ensure the best games and franchises possible will be available on PS Vita, and our software line up for the remainder of 2012 will have something for everyone across the globe.

The official Sony count of launch titles is 25, and more than 70 games are currently in development.

Let us know what your impressions of Vita’s first-week success in the comments below, and stay tuned to Vivid Gamer for all things Vita.

[Source: Sony, Forbes]