Sony: 1.2 million PlayStation Vita handhelds sold worldwide

The Japanese electronics maker gets a boost from pre-orders and early buyers after a launch in the U.S. and Europe

Sony said it has sold 1.2 million units of its new Vita handheld game console worldwide as of Sunday, after a boost from the device's launch in the U.S. and Europe last week.

The latest figure is a significant jump from the 500,000 units that Sony said it had sold in early January, when sales were limited to Japan, Hong Kong and Taiwan. But it includes a large one-time increase from pre-orders in the latest launches, so a major test will be how well sales hold up in the coming months.

The Vita is Sony's largest launch in recent history, the latest addition to its storied PlayStation franchise, in a rare product category where the company has few direct competitors. Games for tablets and smartphones are however an increasing threat. In Japan, sales also started extremely strong after the Dec. 17 launch date, then weakened significantly in the following weeks.

Sony said it has sold 2 million software titles for the Vita, meaning users are still buying less than two games per device on an average, though the company said over 70 new titles are currently in the development pipeline.

Executives including incoming CEO Kazuo Hirai have repeatedly said they are happy with the pace of sales and will take the long view with the Vita. The PlayStation Portable, the Vita's predecessor, is still a strong seller nearly eight years after its launch.

The paperback-sized Vita packs impressive hardware, including a bright five-inch OLED (organic light-emitting diode) screen, front and rear touch control, and a four-core processor. It also has a custom-built operating system, making it a rare device for Sony in that the company has complete control of both hardware and software.

Rival Nintendo saw sales sag badly after its newest handheld, the 3DS, launched last year, but has since spurred interest in the device by slashing prices and releasing a barrage of software titles.

Sony and Nintendo are facing deep fiscal losses as they hawk their latest consoles.

Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Jay Alabaster

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Essentials

Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop

Learn more >

Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive

Learn more >

Mobile

Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive 

Learn more >

Exec

Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards 

Learn more >

HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450

Learn more >

Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive 

Learn more >

Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones

Learn more >

Budget

Back To Business Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Kathy Cassidy

STYLISTIC Q702

First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni

STYLISTIC Q572

For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?