Report: Vita Japanese launch shipments at 700,000 units

Friday, 16 December 2011 11:40 GMT By Johnny Cullen

Sony will have shipped 700,000 units of PlayStation Vita in Japan ahead of the handheld’s launch in the country tomorrow, one Japanese media outlet is saying.

Mainichi Digital, citing sources inside the company, is claiming that 500,000 units were expected for launch this weekend, but due to demand of pre-orders, Sony bolstered the number by an additional 200,000 units.

Japanese outlets Tsutaya, Yodobashi Camera and Bic Camera, having stopped taking pre-orders when they first began only to open again soon after, have said anyone can walk in and buy a unit without a pre-order.

Vita launches in the west on February 22.

Thanks, Andriasang.