The PlayStation Vita has sold a whopping 2.2 million devices worldwide as of the 30th of June, Sony has announced. The German gaming website, Playfront, first reported this statistic, but had not provided a date. Later on in a follow-up to Joystiq, an SCEE rep replied saying, “The latest figures we’ve released for the PlayStation Vita (as of June 30th) are 2.2 million sales worldwide.”
2.2 million? Talk about a popular handheld device! I guess that handheld gaming isn’t dead, at least not yet. I wonder what else Sony has under their sleeves though. Heck, Nintendo might even have something after all of the mixed emotions on the Nintendo 3DS. That aside though, we should put all of this into perspective. Prior to this announcement, the last confirmed sales statistics for the Vita were announced at 1.8 million at the end of March of this year.
This means only 400,000 Vitas were sold worldwide during the second quarter. Which is odd, basing off of how powerful the system actually is. At its most recent quarterly earnings report that covered the period from April to June, Sony had said that both the Vita and PSP together sold 1.4 million units. That means that one million of those devices were PSPs. That said, the seven year old handheld device sold roughly around 2.5 times that of its successor. That’s kind of scary, actually. Maybe the PlayStation Vita isn’t doing so well? So, when it comes down to it, that means that there were only 1.2 million PlayStation Vita’s sold. Still, that’s quite a lot. I kind of wonder if it has to deal with the popularity of the Android devices, eh?
Despite these cringing facts, Sony Worldwide Studios boss, Shuhei Yoshida, stated that the PlayStation Vita will not be dropping in price anytime this year. He continued to say that the engineers are still looking into ways to possibly decrease the cost of manufacturing the unit, so those with a lower income are able to afford a lower price. Hopefully that does not mean they’ll be dumbing down the hardware at all.
Earlier this month, Sony’s Jack Tretton said that the Vita sales were “acceptable,” but also seemed hopeful at its future with some upcoming holiday release such as PlayStation All Stars: Battle Royale, Assassins Creed 3: Liberation and Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified. Hopefully Tretton is right and we’ll see a sales spike as these titles release during the upcoming holiday season. The PlayStation Vita is by far, one of the best handheld consoles I’ve seen, and I was actually surprised that their were even 1.2 million purchases of the device. Handheld gaming isn’t dead yet for Sony, I guess. As for Nintendo though? Hopefully they’ll be doing something to boost their popularity with them as the Nintendo 3DS felt like a failure when it came to sales figures.
Have you purchased yourself a PlayStation Vita yet? It’d be interesting to get one actually, some of the games coming out for it are looking pretty darn interesting, actually.