One thing that was very obviously missing from Sony financial statement last night were the sales figures for the PlayStation Vita - launched in Japan on December 17th 2011. Well, CEO Kaz Hirai has sort of cleared this up.
"The last (financial) year (which ended March 31 2012), 1.8 million units (of Vita were sold) for US, Japan, Asia and Europe. And as a starting phase, I think it was a good start", he told investors and analysts.
GamaSutra helpfully points out that, "The company previously said that the handheld had sold 1.2 million units worldwide by the end of February, meaning that it sold 600,000 units worldwide during March."
Hirai, however, is sure that the device can do better if Sony gets the software sorted out. He states that, "We have to reinforce the software area in order to improve the business, that is the basic line. And vis a vis Vita, at this moment, there is no decline or lack of motivation as a portable platform. And also, in order to connect with the Network, this is a very important product indeed for us, and therefore we still have a very high motivation to develop this further. There is no change. And services and software must be strengthened."
He continued, in this translation, "In other words, the collaborative approach is very important, so is third-party. And from first party studios, the titles will be presented one after the other, so please look at them and give your evaluation based on them."