PS Vita Launch Moves 321k Units

PS Vita Launch Moves 321k Units

This past Saturday marked the Japanese launch of the PS Vita, Sony’s second handheld system, and if the sales figures are any indication, it is here to stay.

According to Japanese magazine Enterbrain, the PS Vita has sold a staggering 321,407 units in its first two days on the market. Granted, that is a little over half of the reported initial launch shipment of 500,000, but when compared to the 200,000 units moved by the PSP  in its first two days, the Vita did just fine. The system was, however, unable to best the reigning handheld champ, the 3DS, which managed to edge ahead with 371,326 units on February 26th and 27th.

Many may have written the Vita off due to the relative disinterest and lack of developer support surrounding the PSP in recent years, but it certainly seems like that abandonment was not in vein as all of those resources have clearly been placed into a system that has a chance of gaining a solid foothold within the portable gaming crowd.

These figures by no means imply that the Vita had a smooth, hassle-free launch because we all know that every system launch is really just a controlled plane crash. Everyone knows something is going to go wrong and that there is going to be pain and suffering, but the goal is reduce collateral damage and just get the thing safely on the ground.

The Vita was not without a few bugs as many users reported immediate issues with their units ranging from unresponsive touch screens to freezing systems. Apparently the adage “practice makes perfect” holds especially true for Sony as a patch – along with an apology – was issued shortly thereafter.

I guess we will see what the following weeks hold for the Vita, but if I were a betting man I would have to say that things look good, especially considering the massive list of first-party titles rolling out around launch.

The Vita will be available in North America on February 22nd, but if you fancy a go with it earlier you can always import one and just set the system settings to United States. Have fun trying to read the in-game text, though!


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