Sony must be pretty happy right now.
The PS Vita had a healthy launch in Japan, selling 325,000 units in its first few days, but it took no time at all for those sales numbers to turn dismal. But that was just one country, and according to a Sony press release this morning, in the past six days since its release in the Americas, Europe, and PAL territories, the numbers have turned much happier.
“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 Andrew House, President and Group CEO, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc, in a statement included with the press release. “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.”
The big question with the Vita is whether or not Mr. House is correct and the market really is interested in a take-your-console-with-you experience like the one the Vita provides. For many, it doesn’t seem like the device is doing much that an iPhone or Android cannot. And 1.2 million units is impressive, but let’s not be too hasty and count out the possibility of numbers dropping like they did in Japan.
But for now? 1.2 million units is not bad at all. As a wise man once said, “I punch those numbers into my calculator, it makes a happy face.”