Vitalised: PlayStation Vita hits 1.2 million sales worldwide

Tuesday, 28th 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.”



  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.


    #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 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.


    #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.”

    #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


    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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