Sony is reporting that it has sold 2.2 million PS Vitas to date. The PS Vita was first released on December 17, 2011. Since then the PS Vita has seen a U.S. release; however, the device never really took off. Comparatively, the Nintendo 3DS passed the 5 million units sold mark in July, and has been rumored to have already passed the 6.68 million marker this month. The Nintendo 3DS was released on February 26, 2011, a full two months after the PS Vita.
I don’t know what to make of this news. The PS Vita was expected to sell very few units, less than the current numbers that are being reported. Some sources claimed the device would only sell a million devices while others expected more. Personally, I had high hopes for the device when it launched. Heck, I even bought a Vita. However, I’m extremely disappointed with how limited the game library is for the PS Vita as none of the current games appeal to my interests.
The Vita is expected to feature some a-list titles in the near future with Little Big Planet and possibly Call of Duty and Grand Theft Auto coming to the device relatively soon.
Things could change for the PS Vita, but at this point, it’s hard to argue that Sony is anything but playing second fiddle to Nintendo in the mobile gaming market. Actually, add in Apple’s iOS devices and the PS Vita is probably sitting way farther down the ladder at this point.