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PS Vita sells 1.2M units worldwide
PS Vita sells 1.2M units worldwide
February 28, 2012 | By Mike Rose

February 28, 2012 | By Mike Rose
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Sony's PlayStation Vita has sold over 1.2 million units worldwide, following its launch in the U.S. and Europe last week.

The device surpassed this figure as of February 22, having already launched in Japan last December, thanks to "strong demand" said Sony in a statement.

The company also revealed that over 2 million software units have been sold at retail and via the PlayStation Network combined.

It should be noted that these are sales of units to customers, rather than shipping numbers to retailers.

Andrew House, president of Sony Computer Entertainment, said of the news, "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."

He added that there is "clear demand" for the device, and that the company plans to sustain sales momentum by working closely with third-party developers.


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David Galindo
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Sold thru? Those seem like solid numbers then. Congrats Sony, hope the momentum continues!

evan c
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Does 1.2 million include Japanese sales? So Eur and NA combined sales is around 500 to 600k?

Mike Sneath
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Sounds good....... I guess? Compared to Android Phones its not. Isn't something like 300 K per day for Android phones being activated? Just one week of Android phones overtakes these numbers.

Doug Poston
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While it isn't as bad as comparing "apples to oranges", there is a big difference between dedicated handhelds and smartphones/tablets.

For example, how many of those 300,000 Android devices are used to purchase a $40 game?

Robert Boyd
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So maybe 600k in Japan, 300k in North America, 250k in Europe, and 50k everywhere else. Not great but not terribly either. Hopefully, sales don't drop off too quickly.

Mike Sneath
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Congrats Sony. Sounds good....... I guess but Compared to Android Phones its not. I think its something like 300 K per day for Android phones being activated? I know that is a phone and not a hand held but it still continues to be a trend that many people are turning to their phones for handheld entertainment. Best thing I ever did was buy my kids an Apple Itouch as games are dirt cheap or even free for that matter. I still find it hard to see how the Vita will succeed in the long run but we'll see.

Harry Fields
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So if I sell a copy of a title to every owner in every region, I'll gross ~40 mil. Minus Sony and Distribution tax and you're left with... a very underwhelming number given the A) cost of development on the platform and B) fact that you're not going to sell to even half of the owners each region.

Unless this thing reaches ~20 million units sold worldwide this year, I think it's safe to say development resources will go towards the platforms that will sell, even if in a different segment (WiiU).

Doug Poston
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As much as I hope Nintendo will "catch lightning in a bottle" again with the WiiU, I don't think it will be a slam dunk that they'll move 20 million units in a year.

If you want a platform with pure numbers, try iOS or Android.

Robert Boyd
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One thing that is rather interesting is that the attach rate is much higher than the 3DS was at launch. On average, each Vita owner is buying 1.66 games, whereas the 3DS, that number was 0.95.

Fiore Iantosca
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3DS had less launch games, and even less of them were worthy of owning IMO.

Just now is where we are seeing good 3DS coming out.

Joe Zachery
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Sony is also adding the digital download version of the game to the overall software sells. Where you can only buy 3DS games at retailers.

Camilo R
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Is their C# SDK open yet, so we can code for the device like we can do for 360 and XNA?

k s
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Sony isn't that kind of company.

Harry Fields
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You don't remember Net Yaroze? =D

Rey Samonte
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No, it's still in closed beta...but it does exist. ;)

Kris Steele
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I've got a close beta but I haven't had too much time to try it out. But it's out there, no idea when it will be publicly available.

Kris Steele
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I've got a close beta but I haven't had too much time to try it out. But it's out there, no idea when it will be publicly available.

Joe Zachery
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Overall not bad for a system that cost 250 plus, but still not impressive. The 1.2 is the total numbers of Vitas sold/shipped in the world. Including 578,812 Vita's sold in Japan since Feb 19th

I'd guestimate that number to be around 625,000 sold for Japan plus the rest of Asia. Might be more but I think that's a fair estimate, I don't want to over estimate.

so... 1,200,000 - 625,000 = 575,00

575,000 for both North America and Europe, or about 287,500 for each region.

Those aren't terrible numbers, but remember people said the 440,000 the 3DS sold in the US for was bad... and Nintendo was DOOMED.

It has also has been on the market 2 months and 1 day longer than the 3DS at it's launch worldwide.

Duvelle Jones
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Their are two things that I am questioning at the moment, the first is sale-thru... but I am not expecting that number.
The other is timing, this seems good so far but this is only the first week of sales since the Vita's release in other markets (and to compare to the Japan release, the first two days[which ended that week] went very well... and then.... it's not been roses since.). And they have yet to do a brakedown of those numbers by region. I would wait on the NPD's on this one... see if they match Sony's numbers. And revisit this after a month on the market.

Still, sounds good...

Jason Wendlandt
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I think the PSV is pretty sweet, but I promised myself I wouldn't buy one until there was actually a game out the would make it worthwhile.

People keep saying that the release line-up is solid, but not a single one attracts me... Uncharted comes close, but that's it.

Omar Gonzalez
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I'm enjoying mine a lot, I hope it does well in the long run.

Eric Geer
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Have you tested streaming PS3 titles to the Vita? That's the only thing that would be a win this early in the game for me. Playin some killer RPGs on the run would be nice, a la ME, Dark Souls, Skyrim, etc.

kevin Koos
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Looks like Vita is off to a great but how much of that expense comes at the ps3? In total its clearly a win for Sony but wonder how much game and unit sales go down for ps3.


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