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PSP outselling Vita 2:1, new Sony data reveals

Sony confirms to CVG latest Vita global sales total of 2.2 million units

PSP sold more than twice as many units as Vita managed during Sony's most recent financial quarter, new data shows.

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The contrasting performances of the two handheld systems were revealed today when Sony confirmed to CVG that worldwide Vita sales stood at 2.2 million units as of June 30, 2012.

The figure was originally provided to website PlayFront by PlayStation Germany's Uwe Bassendowski, although the article didn't specify a cut-off date for the sales.

Prior to the confirmation of 2.2 million Vita sales, the system's last publicly announced sales total was 1.8 million as of the end of Sony's financial year which concluded March 31.

The new calculations means that the PS Vita sold about 400,000 units worldwide during April, May and June.

When combined with separate Sony data, it shows that the PSP is outselling Vita globally by a ratio greater than 2:1.

In August, Sony told investors that combined Vita and PSP sales reached 1.4 million units during the three months in question. Therefore PSP accounted for about one million of the total, or 71 per cent of Sony's handheld unit sales.

In a new interview with CVG, PlayStation Europe CEO Jim Ryan said "we still have a significant PSP business in many markets, which is something that tends to be forgotten".

Earlier this month Sony Computer Entertainment UK boss Fergal Gara said the company "would love" to be selling more Vitas, while SCEA chief Jack Tretton labelled Vita sales "acceptable".

Yet Sony still has high hopes for its acclaimed handheld. Ryan told CVG that a strong Christmas line-up, complete with Call of Duty Black Ops Declassified and Assassin's Creed Liberation, is expected to reinvigorate the retail performance of the new device.

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