The circus is in full swing at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week, giving Sony the opportunity to stand on its solid gold soapbox and shout about the PlayStation Vita's sales numbers. Sony head of consumer products Kaz Hirai confirmed during yesterday's media briefing that the the newly released handheld, which launched in Japan on December 17, has sold more than 500,000 units as of January 5 (via Gamasutra).
That's SOLD and not SOLD THROUGH. In other words, actual consumer money has been exchanged for product more than 500,000 times. Some have been quick to point to the Vita's less-than-stellar post-launch sales reports as a sign of failure, but it appears to be picking up. The late-December Hong Kong and Taiwan releases certainly helped. There's also still the rest of the world to think about, since it won't be shipping outside of the initial launch territories until February.
The Vita comes to the U.S. on February 22, with the price set at $250 for the wi-fi model and $300 for the 3G one.