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PS Vita sells 1.2 million worldwide

The early PlayStation Vita launch totals are in and, according to Sony, its latest handheld console is now in the palms of over 1.2 million gamers across the globe. Today, the tech company released a formal announcement declaring its PlayStation Vita crossed the 1.2 million mark on February 26, following a successful North American launch on February 22 in North America (February 14 for First Edition Bundles), and its debut in Japan on December 17.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled with the reaction we’re seeing from consumers and the pace at which PS Vita is selling,” said SCE head Andrew House in today's statement. “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.”

House said Sony is continuing to work with 3rd party developers to expand the PS Vita's software lineup, adding, “2012 will have something for everyone across the globe.”

By contrast, Nintendo moved 3.61 million units worldwide in the two-month period between its initial Japanese launch on February 26, 2011, and the last recorded sale in April 2011. Technically, PS Vita has no way of beating that record as it's already been out in Japan for over two months, but it nonetheless is on track to matching the 3DS' beginning pace.

Read our own PS Vita predictions and analysis in our recent review, or leave your own in the comments below.

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8 comments

  • GaryTheGuidoHunter - February 29, 2012 2:25 p.m.

    Surprisingly, I feel happy for Sony. Good job with the Vita
  • nadjid-swagbear-harris - February 28, 2012 5:40 p.m.

    I HAVE A QUESTION? When I make a status on Facebook, I cant comment back on it, for example, someone comments on my status, I dont see a enter button on the virtual pad to post what i want to say? can someone help me?
  • nadjid-swagbear-harris - February 28, 2012 5:37 p.m.

    OK I have a question, when I use Facebook, I can make a status off home page, but when someone comments on that status, how do you comment back, there is no "post" or "enter" button to press in order to comment back on a status, or any status, i cant commment on any stauts, i can type what i want to say, then I see no "enter button" someone please help me???
  • Redeater - February 28, 2012 12:39 p.m.

    I really hope the Vita does well in the long run but someone should remind Sony that North America and Europe are a hell of a lot bigger then Japan. I would assume that like Japan a huge number of these people are hardcore early adopters and this might not hold steady. Remember how just recently the PSP outsold the Vita? That said give the cards or the system a price cut and slap something like Bioshock on there and count me in!(I should also include that this initially selling well and the 3ds selling like hotcakes really gives me a smug sense of satisfaction at all of those assholes who said handhelds are on the way out....I'm looking at you angry birds creator!)
  • rtype21 - February 28, 2012 11:20 a.m.

    I just hope the vita gets more support than the psp got.
  • Moondoggie1157 - February 28, 2012 11:18 a.m.

    yea it definitely is good to see Sony make a successful handheld, but I'm waiting quite a while before I get one. It's still too early to jump the gun and call it s great system. Games, games, games.
  • BladedFalcon - February 28, 2012 11:04 a.m.

    Well, glad to see it's selling well enough, but those numbers aren't nearly as high when put in perspective. And it's just starting, the trick is for the system to keep selling decently in the next months and to have a decent game line-up to match. So far, the Vita impresses me, but i really think I'll wait till the end of the year to see if it really has legs. It's still too early to tell.
  • Squander - February 28, 2012 11:02 a.m.

    keep my fingers crossed that this awesome device receives the recognition it deserves! I can hardly express how much I like my Vita, Sony did so many right things this time around

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