E3 week is usually a bit of a downer for Vita fans, so it’s nice to come across a positive success story for once when it comes to the system. According to this thread on NeoGAF, it is reported that the Vita has actually sold quite well in Spain, with around 600,000 systems sold. To put this into perspective with other systems, the PS4 has sold 700,000 and that is outselling the XBOX One by 9 to 1, according to the CEO of PlayStation Spain. Rather impressive performance at those numbers, compared to those systems.
In an interview published on the website of Spanish Newspaper Elpais, James Armstrong talked a little about the Vita’s performance in Spain. The CEO of PlayStation Spain spoke with pride about some of the titles that have performed well, like the Invizimals series and name checked Looney Tunes Galactic Sports – which was developed by Virtual Toys in Spain. He also mentioned that there are two Disney titles coming to the Vita, both of which are unconfirmed at this time.
When questioned about the lack of Vita at E3, Armstrong noted that the system provides PlayStation Spain with an “interesting income” and that they will continue to invest in the handheld. He states that the Vita shifts around 150,000 consoles per year with the total amount at 600,000. Armstrong also speaks honestly about mistakes made with the system and missing games for the wider audience, and that not enough has been done with pricing or promotion. All of these are valid points.
What is your reaction to the news? It’s quite refreshing to see a prominent figure showing that they are on a similar wavelength with the fans, and it’s fantastic to see that at least in one region the Vita performs well.