JAPANESE ELECTRONICS FIRM Sony has said it's already sold around 1.2 million of its latest Playstation Vita handheld gaming devices.
The unit represents the firm's return to a games console line that has enjoyed no little success. However, with mobile phones increasingly being used for gaming its future did not look certain.
But the Playstation Vita has got off to a bright start, and although the firm did not break out figures for individual countries, it did say that it has sold 1.2 million worldwide, a figure that has beaten its own estimates. Software sales, games to go with the devices, stand at two million.
"PS Vita was designed to deliver the ultimate portable entertainment experience, and we couldn't be more thrilled with the reaction we're seeing from consumers and the pace at which PS Vita is selling," said Andrew House, president and group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment.
"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."
House said that the firm will try to keep up this momentum by working closely with third party developers to create a fleet of unmissable game titles.
So far less than 30 titles are available for the PS Vita, with around 70 still in development. µ