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Vitalised: PlayStation Vita hits 1.2 million sales worldwide

Tuesday, 28 February 2012 13:14 GMT By Johnny Cullen

Sony has sold over 1.2 million PlayStation Vita units worldwide following the device’s debut last December in Japan and its western debut last week, the firm said today.

Sales at retail and PSN for Vita games has hit over 2 million. It follows successful UK debuts of launch games in yesterday’s UK charts, including Uncharted and FIFA.

Regions included as part of the figures were Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea, PAL regions, Europe, North America, Singapore and North and Latin America. Vita launched in western regions last week.

“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 SCEI president Andy House.

“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.”

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31 Comments

  1. Christopher Jack

    Any idea anyone on how this compares to the 3DS’ first week Western sales?

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Goffee

    Not bad in these troubled times (would you launch a pure luxury item in this market?) but less than two games per console isn’t a great attach rate, and since over 50% of sales were for Uncharted and FIFA, I fear for the minnows (excluding digital sales of course).

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Goffee

    #1 I think its a bit down on the 3DS in America, but up on it in Europe. Call it evens! Actually, having checked, the 3DS was up 100,000 ish after week one

    #3 3 years ago
  4. daytripper

    who cares, i’m sure both will have a good run long term in the market.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Psychotext

    @4: It’s certainly the long term that’s important. 3DS is a good example of that… reasonable start, then it died on its arse, then they gave it a massive price cut and now it’s performing very strongly indeed.

    Though with the 3DS there’s every chance that they’ve damaged it’s long term prospects as they’ve lost a lot of the ability they had to price cut in the future.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Moonwalker1982

    Good news, and well deserved too. What an awesome little machine it is.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. typeface

    These numbers are sold to customers btw and not just shipped (so they’ve definitely done 1.2M). If they maintain momentum it’ll do alright, need to release more core-focussed titles, bundles and a price cut at the end of the first year.

    I’m definitely picking up a lot of people on Near in London. Way more than I did on streetpass (but that’s no measure of anything).

    @5 There’s long term sales issues for the 3DS of course and they’re also starting to focus on niche titles for year 2 as opposed to universal titles. I like fire emblem and all but I don’t see it as a system seller though Pokemon Black and White 2 could’ve improved 3DS sales but instead it’s on the DS which has pretty much died at sales right now. There’s definitely a lack of focus. It should’ve been core/niche titles in year 1 and more mass-market titles from the end of year 1 to year 2 (The Mario titles are decent start but there’s really not a lot announced for the 3DS this year as yet (then again we have 10 months and e3 to go). It’s performing strongly in Japan, if software sales are any indicator, it’s iffy in PAL land (but that might be due to the economy).

    Regardless both devices seem to be on track to sell respectably, though I doubt anyone should expect DS numbers, PSP numbers seem close to reachable. It seems like the devices will go on to do 60-65M LTD at best.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. Christopher Jack

    Well what I do know is that the DS is inches away from stealing the ‘best selling console’ title away from the PS2. Although I doubt the chances of Ninty’s Wii ever stealing best home console from it.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. LOLshock94

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW no fucking way has that picture not been photoshopped because the vita is the the longest thing ever….even longer then my dick bro, but in all fairness it has the same problem as the ps3 controller that its to light, and if you drop it its pretty much broke.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. Moonwalker1982

    The PS3 is light? Wow…mine is very very heavy. And the Vita actually has a nice weigth to it, not too much, not too little.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. LOLshock94

    @10 i meant controller

    #11 3 years ago
  12. Joe Musashi

    PRO TIP: Don’t drop your expensive high tech gadgets. They break.

    JM

    #12 3 years ago
  13. LOLshock94

    @12 i dropped my original xbox down the stairs after 2 hours of having it and that shit works bro

    #13 3 years ago
  14. absolutezero

    Thats because it just fell through the stairs amirite? OH HO HOOOOOO

    Seriously the Vita feels far more solid than the PSP which always felt as if you could rip it apart if you exerted to much strength while playing.

    #14 3 years ago
  15. DSB

    I imagine that if you tried to throw the original Xbox down the stairs, all it would do is break the stairs.

    I’m pretty sure it was encased in some kind of meteorite.

    #15 3 years ago
  16. KrazyKraut

    good news…i think..i hope. Because the line up now sucks.And it would be nice to see, when Sony would make some Vita offers in the name of PSN Plus. But however, the vita is the better PS3. And I like it.

    #16 3 years ago
  17. Eregol

    @8 Is it really fair to give the DS that accolade though?
    Granted the PS2 had a redesign from phat to slim in the latter half of it’s life, but it still did all the stuff it’s previous iteration did with no extra bells or whistles. But with the DS you have:
    The original,
    DS Lite,
    DSi,
    DSi XL,
    and now the 3DS.
    The DSi can play software that the DS Lite can’t and same goes for the 3DS. So, with so many changes being made to the console, can all it’s sales really be kept under the one Umbrella of DS?
    I’m not sure it can, and as such it doesn’t deserve to take the title of best selling console ever.

    #17 3 years ago
  18. Sini

    In a perfect world, 3ds would be bombing and this handheld with much better specs and overall design would be getting all the 3rd party games.

    #18 3 years ago
  19. Moonwalker1982

    @ 16

    The launch really ain’t too bad at all, and compared to the 3DS launch, it’s MUCH better. An Uncharted game at launch? Quite special really, Wipeout? Damn fine game, Shinobido 2? No killer game, but fun nonetheless. And plenty of great PSN games too.

    Gravity Rush is on the horizon, another classic no doubt. If Sony keeps this up, the future is quite bright for Vita.

    #19 3 years ago
  20. Eregol

    @19 Looking at the coming months there isn’t a lot coming out.
    Street Fighter X Tekken in March and Disgaea and Mortal Kombat in April, then finally Gravity Rush in May. That’s a bit of a dearth of content.

    Software needs to start coming out to support the good start, as at the moment it’s going to stagnate pretty quickly.

    #20 3 years ago
  21. Gama_888

    1.2million Doesnt sound too great.

    considering about 600k of those are japan?

    #21 3 years ago
  22. Moonwalker1982

    @ 20

    True, but i don’t mind it much. I will be fine with Shinobido 2, Escape Plan, Mutant blobs, eventually Uncharted and Wipeout. On top of that many console games and it’s all fine. I don’t rush through my games, i take it easy…and then it lasts alot longer.

    I hope and expect that Sony will anounce some great stuff during E3. Bioshock is also coming for Vita, hoping to see something of that soon.

    #22 3 years ago
  23. Joe Musashi

    @13 Sounds to me like you don’t know how to look after stuff. Look after your stuff and it’ll continue to work. Simple.

    JM

    #23 3 years ago
  24. Psychotext

    If I recall correctly, didn’t Pat say that Vita got off to a very strong start in the UK? This story was just posted and I was wondering if it’s legit or not:

    “Sales of Sony’s PS Vita console got off to a “disappointing” start in the UK, it has been confirmed.

    Week one Chart-Track figures reveal that Sony’s new handheld device sold “around one quarter” of the number of the 185,000 PSP units shifted in the UK during its first week on sale back in September 2005.

    Although exact data has not been publicly announced by either Chart-Track or Sony, industry sources have confirmed that the figure is “just over half” of the 89,000 sold by the Nintendo 3DS in its first week almost a year ago.”

    http://www.pocketgamer.biz/r/PG.Biz/PlayStation+Vita/news.asp?c=38346

    #24 3 years ago
  25. Dragon246

    @Psychotext, you forgot 70000 preorders there. Also nothing has been verified.
    Nothing can be said on the basis of one week of sales. What matters is where vita stands 6 months- 1 year from now as it would dictate 3rd party support for it.
    I seriously hope it does as I brought it day one.

    #25 3 years ago
  26. Psychotext

    It’s not my article, and in the UK pre-orders don’t always = sales. Most places don’t even require a deposit for a pre-order.

    I’m just wondering how it lines up with what Pat saw.

    #26 3 years ago
  27. Ireland Michael

    What a flop.

    Complete failure.

    Sent to die.

    Etc. Etc.

    #27 3 years ago
  28. hiuspaa

    @2,

    The amount of games sold could be a reflection of the fact, that at least here in Finland, you can only get Sony’s own games from the shops..

    Out of Ubisoft’s games, like ten copies of Rayman was shipped here, which makes me sad, since I was planning on getting it at release.

    #28 3 years ago
  29. Lounds

    I dropped my PSP-1001 in the sea and it still works.

    #29 3 years ago
  30. Dannybuoy

    There’s some serious trollage going on

    #30 3 years ago
  31. typeface

    This must be painful for those concerned if pocketgamer is just spouting nonsense to be honest. Considering even Parfitt’s come out and said that the numbers seen today are rubbish.

    Shame that Sony probably will just keep quiet about it lest it brings forth future bullying by rogues to give out numbers. I’m sure however that outside of the public whoever needs to know is aware of the numbers and that’s good I suppose.

    #31 3 years ago

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    Azure Striker Gunvolt is getting a sequel. Azure Striker Gunvolt developer Inti Creates has confirmed that the sidescroller has been popular enough to warrant a second instalment. The sequel will also be released on 3DS, the team said on Facebook. Very little information is available at present, unfortunately. “As time goes on we will have […]

  • Life is Strange Episode 2 not delayed, says developer

    Life is Strange developer Dontnod Entertainment has said the second episode is on track for release this month. I guess it would know. Life is Strange Episode 2 has been expected on March 13, but late last week Square Enix told Destructoid it had been delayed. Dontnod has since denied this report, describing it as […]

  • First SteamVR game reveal is Job Simulator

    Job Simulator is the first game to be announced specifically for SteamVR, Valve’s virtual reality tech. Shoot Many Robots and Aaaaa! For the Awesome! developer Owlchemy Labs is the first team to put its hand up and say it’s worked with SteamVR. In a blog post, the studio unveiled Job Simulator, which will be playable […]

  • HTC, Valve partner for Vive VR headset

    The first SteamVR announce is a headset a manufactured by HTC, the Taiwanese mobile company revealed over the weekend. Valve told us last week it planned to unveil virtual reality hardware at GDC, calling it “SteamVR” at the time. Now HTC has pre-empted Valve by revealing Vive, a headset developed thanks to a collaboration between […]

  • Watch the Evolve Chappie Challenge tomorrow on Twitch

    Sony Pictures Entertainment, 2K and Turtle Rock Studios have announced a tournament being hosted by ESL, which will see Evolve players take on newest movie robot, Chappie. The ESL has teamed up with Twitch for the live 4 on 1 competitive event, and you can watch as it all unfolds tomorrow, March 1 at 3pm […]

  • If you’re attending PAX East, stop and have a look at Necropolis

    We haven’t heard much on Harebrained Schemes’ latest since it was announced in November, but today, the team has seen fit to release some interesting gifs of its a new project, Necropolis. Necropolis is a third-person action rogue-like with procedurally generated which can be “re-rolled mid-playthrough” and is headed to Linux, Mac and PC sometime […]

  • Dragon’s Dogma Online really is lovely, as these screenshots prove

    More Dragon’s Dogma Online screenshots have been released, and this batch is just as lovely as the last gallery we posted. Since this game will likely never leave Japan, the images are a bit of a salt rub for fans of the IP, but hopefully another entry in the series will be released at some […]

  • Action-RPG Death’s Gambit has a classic-Castlevania feel to it

    How would you like to become an agent of Death and rid the world of immortals? Then Death’s Gambit may just be the game for you. Announced by LA-based studio White Rabbit, the action-RPG with platforming elements tasks players with fighting gigantic enemies on an alien, medieval planet. Players will also encounter formidable beasts, knights, […]

  • Modder adds offline co-op into Resident Evil: Revelations 2

    PC users lamenting the lack of local, offline co-op in Resident Evil: Revelations 2 will be pleased to know a modder has remedied the omission. The mod, created by FluffyQuack, adds offline co-op mode to Episode 1 but the only caveat is players will need to use gamepads instead of mouse and keyboard (via Gamespot). […]

  • Number of Steam accounts with Dota 2 installed hits over 42 million

    Dota 2 has seen its installation rate jump 85% year-over-year, resulting in the MOBA now having close to 43 million installations worldwide. The figures were published via a report from video game research and consulting firm EEDAR, which studied Steam accounts daily to better understand the service’s player behavior and title performance. According to statistics […]

  • Nintendo issuing Eon Ticket codes for Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire

    Nintendo is handing out an Eon Ticket to Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire owners which will allow them to visit the Southern Island. Once a player arrives, depending on which version of the game they own, Pokemon Latios and Latias are able to be caught. The Eon Ticket was originally issued via StreetPass, but […]

  • Here’s a couple The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt screenshots to brighten your day

    Two images for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt have surfaced on the game’s Facebook page. Grabbed by Gamekyo, the images show Gerlat and Vesemir chatting with a fellow, and the other shows Geralt riding up to some ruins where some people have been hanged. CD Projekt Red will make an appearance at PAX East next […]

  • Hyrule Warriors Boss Pack DLC contains unlockable character – potential spoilers

    While you already know the next DLC for Hyrule Warriors will allow you to play as the gigantic beast Ganon, there’s a rather humorous unlockable character contained in it as well. Potential spoilers follow below. When the DLC arrived in Japan February 26, YouTuber moccos-tan IsedelicaAs posted a video of the unlockable character, which is […]

  • Star Trek Online players gather on Vulcan to pay respects to Leonard Nimoy

    Star Trek Online players paid tribute to Leonard Nimoy yesterday by gathering around a fountain on Vulcan, the home planet of Spock in the Star Trek series. According to a post by barnacle999 on reddit, when he logged into the MMO “there were around 20 full instances and several partial,” culminating in around 1000 players […]

  • Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin gameplay video shows invasion of The Forlorn

    A new Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin gameplay video has been released, and provides the viewer with a look at the NPC invader system. Watch below as The Forlorn hunts down the player through the game with “with deadly skill and tenacity.” He even teams up with other enemies, making your fight […]

  • Visual upgrade for Wasteland 2, improved modding tools in the works

    A visual upgrade and improved mod tools are in the works for Wasteland 2, according to a blog post from inXile Entertainment. The upgrades will come about as the game’s codebase is migrated from Unity 4.5 to Unity 5. “A major benefit of moving to Unity 5 is that 5 will include many of the […]

  • Battlefield Hardline brings “Hollywood crime drama” to single-player campaign

    In the fifth developer diary for Battlefield Hardline, the team discusses how it’s bringing “Hollywood crime drama” to the shooter’s single-player campaign. The video was released a couple of days ago, so apologies are in order if this has been posted already, but I promise I searched the site and never found it. Visceral Games […]

  • Masquerada: Songs and Shadows is a pause for tactics isometric RPG coming in 2016

    Masquerada: Songs and Shadows is a 2.5D isometric RPG, built in the vein of Baldur’s Gate and Dragon Age in the works at Withing Hour Studios. The game allows the player to pause combat to plan party tactics. “Set in the Venetian-inspired fantasy city of Ombre where rare masks are the key to casting magic, […]

  • Underworld Ascendant surpasses Kickstarter goal

    Underworld Ascendant which was launched on Kickstarter earlier this month, has met its  $600,000 funding goal. With six days left 10,786 backers pledged $610,541 In light of being funded, the team has also switched up the stretch goals as bit, as you can see in the image below. The studio, OtherSide Entertainment, is fronted by Paul Neurath, […]

  • Latest Evolve patch fixes progress and save game data loss on Xbox One

    A patch for Evolve has been released on Xbox One which fixes lost progress and save game data users had reported. The patch also fixes an issue with shadows and flashlight, makes incremental improvements to matchmaking, invites, and rejoining, and there were progressions balance changes. “The issue with lost progress and saved games was mostly […]

  • Online servers for Ridge Racer Unbounded shut down in Europe

    Online functionality for Ridge Racer Unbounded is no longer available, Namco Bandai Europe has announced. Solo mode and the track editor are still playable, minus the sharing options. Ridge Racer Unbounded was released on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in March 2013. Thanks, MCV.

  • OlliOlli will be a cross-buy title on 3DS and Wii U

    Curve Digital has announced OlliOlli will be a cross-buy title when it releases on 3DS and Wii U. The Roll7 title will be the first third-party title to offer the functionality on the systems. OllliOlli will be released on the eShop March 5 The game launches on Nintendo’s eShop on March 5th, followed by Xbox […]

  • Darkbeast electrifies latest Bloodborne video

    The latest Bloodborne video shows off another monster in the game. This one is Darkbeast and he’s full of electricity. The video is the last of IGN’s month-long coverage of the title.

  • Future Assassin’s Creed games will have greater focus on modern timeline

    Ubisoft plans to focus more on modern timelines in future Assassin’s Creed games, the company suggested during its latest community livestream. During the Twitch stream, one of the lead writers for the Assassin’s Creed series, Darby McDevitt, said the modern timeline for Brotherhood’s town of Monteriggioni could inspire future development. “That only came about because […]

  • Fruit Ninja Kinect 2 is coming to Xbox One next month

    Halfbrick has announced Fruit Ninja Kinect 2 for Xbox One will release next month. The mobile title made its way onto Xbox 360 garnering 1 million downloads as of March 2012. It has a new multiplayer mode for up to four players with Battle and Party modes along with a new progression system. An announcement […]

  • New GTA 5 PC screens – shit the bed!

    Rockstar has pumped out 15 new screens for the PC version of Grand Theft Auto 5. Don’t touch them, because they’re electric. And if you touch them, you’ll get shocked. The PC version of GTA 5 has been delayed until April 14, which both sucks and blows. BUT! There’s a new trailer coming between now […]

  • Sony Japan accidentally erases 20th Anniversary PS4 contest entries

    Sony Japan has accidentally erased all information obtained from PlayStation owners who entered to win a 20th Anniversary PlayStation 4. Those who purchased PlayStation 3, PS4, Vita or Vita TV between December 4 – January 15 were handed a calendar with a code which entered them into the contest. Somehow, all data collected from the […]

  • Hearthstone datamine suggests Blackrock Mountain expansion on the way

    Hearthstone’s next update may be based on World of Warcraft’s Molten Core raid, if datamined information posted on Hearthpwn is spot-on. According to files mined from the latest patch, three new cosmetic card backs are on the way, one of which is called Molten Core. The data suggests that pre-ordering the Blackrock Mountain expansion will […]

  • Using Battlefield Hardline single-player gadgets increases your metagame rewards

    Gadgets contained in Battlefield Hardline’s campaign mode have been detailed, and each provides the player with various ways in which to solve crimes. According to design director Scott Warner, one way to “diffuse” a conflict when confronted with criminal activity is to flash your badge and ordering the criminal to freeze. Putting your gun on […]

  • Mortal Kombat X video is all about story mode, new characters

    After promising a new Mortal Kombat X reveal “soon”, NetherRealm Studios has made good on said promise by releasing the story trailer. The video shows parts of the story mode featuring Mileena, which takes place 25 years after the events of 2011′s Mortal Kombat. Outworld has become a larger threat and new fighters joining the […]

  • Destiny’s shotgun and pulse rifle buffs mean it’s time to rethink your load-out

    Destiny’s most-ignored weapons got major boosts this week. It’s time to start thinking about how to work them into your set-up. Even if you’re used to using scout rifles and sniper rifles as a general loud-out (neither class was touched by 1.1.1), the buffs to pulse rifles and shotguns should make you rethink your contextual […]

  • Battlefield Bad Company 2: five years later, what did it do so right?

    It’s been five years since the release of Battlefield Bad Company 2. What did the much-loved entry in the franchise do for the Battlefield series? Westie’s played Battlefield Bad Company 2 for over 1,260 hours on PS3 and PC. That’s dedication. In his latest video he discusses the stand out moments from a FPS classic, […]

  • War is hell in this Zombie Army Trilogy gameplay trailer

    Here’s five minutes of headshots, shambling zombies and an undead Hitler from Rebellion’s upcoming Zombie Army Trilogy. The Sniper Elite spin-off arrives on PS4, PC and Xbox One March 6 and includes three games (obviously) and a new Horde mode.

  • Titan Souls releases on PS4, Vita, PC on April 14

    Ace indie giant-slayer Titan Souls will be released on PS4, Vita and PC on April 14. Publisher Devolver confirmed the date to Eurogamer. Those of us in Europe will have to wait until a day later for release. Titan Souls is a tough-as-nails indie game where you have one life to slay a giant enemy. […]

  • Destiny weekly update: lowdown on Inferno Crucible, Vault Transfer improvements

    Destiny’s weekly update has made some pretty significant changes – let Arekkz Gaming take you through them. Bungie has revealed the first release date for the new Inferno Crucible mode, and made it a lot easier to access your vault. You should subscribe to Arekkz Gaming. It will improve your life.

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory Feb 27, 28

    It’s Xursday again – what treats does he have for you this week? He’s in the North Tower, to the right of the Stranger’s room. Let’s take a look at the latest weapons and gear from your favourite Destiny trader. No Backup Plans [Titan Gauntlets] – 13SC ATS/8 Arachnid [Hunter Helmet] – 13SC Heart of […]