Sony: PS Vita Had 'Exceptional' Sales In US

By Darryl Kaye on March 9, 2012, 9:22AM EDT
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Sony Computer Entertainment America has given a rather positive account of the North American launch for the PlayStation Vita in a recent statement.

The PS Vita released on the 22nd of February, 2012 in North American (and Europe) and Patrick Seybold, the corporate communications director for SCEA said "After months of anticipation, the US launch of PlayStation Vita saw overwhelming enthusiasm amongst gamers, resulting in exceptional hardware, software and peripheral sales."

While no sales figures were released to go alongside the statement, this will be seen as a positive step for Sony, as the PS Vita is struggling in its native Japan. It suffered from a lackluster launch, due to a poor software line-up for the region and sales have been falling ever since.

Earlier in the month, Sony revealed that over 1.2 million PS Vita consoles were now in consumer hands around the world, which attributed around 600,000 to gamers in North America and Europe.

Seybold went on to say that "Customer satisfaction rates are very high and momentum will continue as gamers get their hands on a deep line-up of blockbuster titles that take advantage of PS Vita's unique features, including cross-platform play with the PlayStation 3."

It's speculated at the PlayStation Vita managed to sell 61,000 units during its opening week in the UK, which was a significant decrease in the opening week witnessed by the PlayStation Portable, Sony's first handheld console.

If you want to check out more of our PlayStation Vita coverage, feel free to check out the latest PS Vita coverage. Brian also posted up a rather tasty review of the hardware a few days ago.

Despite its poor performance in Japan, the future does look quite bright for Sony's latest console. With games like the Final Fantasy X HD remake and Gravity Rush releasing, there's plenty to be excited about.

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