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PS Vita launches in Japan - sales figures and firmware issues

by Steven Williamson on 20 December 2011, 09:51

Tags: Sony Computers Entertainment Europe (NYSE:SNE)

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Sony’s PlayStation Vita has gone in sale in Japan. With 700,000 units shipped in preparation for launch, Sony is hoping to make a real impact with its successor to the PlayStation Portable, which features dual analog sticks, a five inch OLED multi-touch capacitive touchscreen, and a powerful four core ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore processor.

According a report by Famitsu, Sony has sold 312,407 units in its first two days on sale in Japan, approximately half of the units shipped in preparation for launch, and a figure that falls slightly behind the performance of the Nintendo 3DS over the same period during February this year, which notched up 371,326 units.

One guy braves the queues to become the first owner of PS Vita.

Reports from a number of early adopters, however, reveals the initial batch of devices are suffering with touchscreen issues, power cuts and system crashes, problems that Sony has been quick to acknowledge. A firmware update was immediately issued soon after launch following “many inquiries” to the Vita Information Center from upset customers, and Sony now plans to issue a letter of apology to all those affected.

PS Vita launches in the UK on February 22, when we'd firmly expect any major issues to have been ironed out. Among the initial launch games are Uncharted: Golden Abyss, WipEout 2048 and the augmented reality game, Reality Fighters. In the UK the Wi-Fi only version will cost £229.99 and the 3G version is £279.99.

Source: Famitsu

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