Sony has suffered a ropey launch of its much vaunted PlayStation Vita handheld games console – despite shifting around 321,000 units at its Japanese debut.
This was some 50,000 fewer than Nintendo’s 3DS console managed to shift on its launch with Sony also facing criticism from some users over software glitches which caused devices to crash and touchscreens to become unresponsive.
This forced Sony to issue a public apology via its Japanese website alongside a swift software upgrade.
Both the 3DS and Vita face an increasingly competitive market in which they face increasing challenges from smartphones and tablets, but analysts believe Vita’s feature laden offering could give the device long term appeal amongst consumers.
The PlayStation Vita will be released in Europe on February 22.