Sony released global sales numbers for the new PS Vita console.
Sony launched the new PS Vita in North America and Europe last week. Today Sony said that the overall PS Vita sales have reached over 1.2 million units. The PS Vita launched initially on December 17, 2011 in Japan followed by Hong Kong, Taiwan and South Korea. Sony says that the PS Vita sales exceeded expectations.
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"PS Vita was designed to deliver the ultimate portable entertainment experience, and we couldn’t be more thrilled with the reaction we’re seeing from consumers and the pace at which PS Vita is selling," said Andrew House, President and Group CEO, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
"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."
Sony has set their expectations pretty low for the PS Vita. I am surprised that they managed to sell over a million, but apparently there are 1 million hard-core Sony PlayStation fans out there.
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I am pretty sure that the PS Vita will never reach mass market sales numbers. The smartphone has become for most people the portable game console of choice.