PS Vita sells 600,000 in the west

Around 600,000 PS Vita systems have been sold since Sony's new handheld launched in the west last week.

In a press release, Sony says that total worldwide sales were over 1.2 million by February 26. According to Media Create data, Vita's lifetime Japanese sales were 578,812 on February 19, suggesting around 600,000 have been sold in Latin and North America, Europe and Australia since last Wednesday. Worldwide software sales are now in excess of two million.

While direct comparisons are impossible, it appears Vita has slightly outperformed the western launch of 3DS. When Nintendo's handheld launched last year it sold 400,000 units in the US, 113,000 in the UK, and 31,000 in Australia, a total of 544,000.

Andrew House, president and CEO of SCE, said: "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.

"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 thirdparty developers and publishers to ensure the best games and franchises possible will be available on PS Vita, and our software lineup for the remainder of 2012 will have something for everyone across the globe."