The PlayStation Vita launched in North America, Europe and Singapore on February 22nd, and Sony confirms that as of two days ago, hardware sales for the new handheld have reached 1.2 million units worldwide since it first made its big debut in Japan last November. Furthermore, total Vita software sales hit 2 million units, including digital game downloads from the PlayStation Network.
The electronics and console giant assures that its hardware sales figure is not merely a tally of units shipped to retailers, but actual handhelds sold to consumers. Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Andrew House beams in the press release:
"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. 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."
Momentum is definitely the key word here, as the new platform is still counting on strong global appeal especially given its current sales slump in Japan.
While Sony did not provide a sales breakdown by territory in its press release, lifetime-to-date Vita sales in Japan alone were estimated to be 578,812 units, leaving some 620,000 units between North America, Europe and the rest of Asia.