Vita sells 325,000 at launch

According to Media Create, Around 325,000 units of Sony’s new handheld, PlayStation Vita, were sold in its first two days on shelves in Japan.

According to Media Create data passed on by Andriasang, just 65 per cent of Vita’s estimated launch shipment of 500,000 units was sold, though it has been claimed that Sony shipped around 700,000 units on the back of strong demand. Media Create’s figures are slightly higher than those reported yesterday by Famitsu publisher Enterbrain.

Media Create CEO Atsushi Hosokawa said: “The shipment was abundant, so it seems there were hardly any reports of inability to buy due to shortages. Regarding sold units, to be honest we would have liked to have seen it sell a bit more, but you can say that it reached a certain level of success.”

Hosokawa pinned the slow start – 3DS sold just under 375,000 unitswhen it launched in February – on price, with the cost of a system, game and accessories coming to around ¥40,000 (£328). Nor has Vita spelt the end for PSP’s success in Japan – 60,000 units of Vita’s predecessor were sold during the week.

Source – Nextgenbiz