Whilst us poor folk in the western world have to make do with boring 3DS consoles for Christmas that have already been available for nine months and dull as dishwater big titles like Uncharted: Drakes Deception and Elder Scrolls: Skyrim, our chums over in the land of the rising sun get to spend their holidays with a shiny new PlayStation Vita.
OK so I’m sure we will have more than enough to keep us entertained really (and don’t shoot me for calling Uncharted 3 dull – I’m looking forward to playing it, honestly!), but wouldn’t you kill to be tucking into some Golden Abyss with your turkey sandwiches and copious intake of alcohol?
The handheld launched in Japan on Saturday, prompting the kind of queues that we have seen on several occasions before outside games stores the day of a big release. At Tsutaya store in Shibuya, Andy House the president of SCE, and Kaz Hirai, executive deputy president of Sony both turned up to make the event go with a swing and to meet the Vita’s first customer.
All reports indicate that sales of the console have been buoyant, with an estimated 700,000 units shipped to stores to satisfy demand. In fact this figure was reportedly increased over the initial allocation of 500,000 after pre-order demand for the Vita kept growing.
It is unknown how many units will ship for the US and European launch, but it seems certainly at this early stage that Sony has got a sure-fire a hit on it’s hands.
[source link=”http://andriasang.com/comze0/vita_shipments/”]Mainichi Digital, via Andriasang[/source]