Here's some news you might care about if sales numbers are your thing. A morning press release from Sony is crowing about some strong launch figures for the PlayStation Vita, to the tune of 1.2 million units sold worldwide. The handheld launched in Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan and South Korea late last year, with other parts of the world -- including North America -- following last week, on February 22.
Sony states that the 1.2 million figure "exceeded expectations" for the Vita's launch sales, though let's remember that this is a press release. It's not like you're going to read something like "eh, could've been better." Still, the Vita is a solid piece of hardware with a reasonably strong launch library. It's good to see it catching on after the gloom & doom forecasts that grew out of declining sales in the weeks after the Japan launch.
The press release also gives big ups to the software side of the Vita launch, with more than 2 million games sold at retail and on the PlayStation Network (aren't we supposed to not be using that term anymore?). There's no indication of which games are leading the pack on the sales side, but it's a safe bet that Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 and FIFA Football are among them.
SCE president and group CEO Andrew House had this to say in a 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. 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."