We have some good news coming out of Japan to share with you now, as it looks like Sony’s new PS Vita handheld is finally start to make some progress after a far from perfect start to their hopes in shifting hardware to consumers.
As expected, the Vita is still nowhere near the Nintendo 3DS on the hardware charts, but we can tell you that Sony managed to shift enough Vita units in the latest figures, to beat hardware sales managed for the original Sony PSP.
This is the first time that Sony has witnessed a Vita victory over the PSP since launch, so it could be an indication that consumers in Japan are definitely starting to warm to the company’s new handheld. The recent release of Tales of Innocence R may have had a helping hand in shifting a few Vita units, as the new RPG from Namco Bandai even managed to debut at number three in the Japanese software charts, only beating beaten by the likes of Armored Core 5 on the PS3 and Resident Evil: Revelations on the 3DS.
According to the figures released by AndriaSang, the Sony Vita shifted just under 20,000 units, or 18,942 to be exact. While the numbers may be deemed paltry compared to the 3DS with 84,789 units, the Vita still improved on their hardware sales from last week which were 15,219.
We predict that the Vita will get even stronger as well. More titles are expected to join the party when the system launches in the west on February 22nd, highly anticipated games such as Rayman Origins and Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus which will probably perform well in Japan. Then of course you have upcoming titles which could really start to eat into those 3DS figures – we’re talking about Monster Hunter for the Vita and the distant release of Final Fantasy X on Vita.
Do you think the Vita will catch up to the Nintendo 3DS over time?