Pachter: Vita Sold 325,000 In February
Bear in mind that these are not official NPD numbers, but predictions for those official numbers. Still, he's probably not far off.
Michael Pachter has issued his monthly expectations, and although he anticipates a continued decline in hardware and software sales, he says the new PlayStation Vita sold a very healthy 325,000 systems between the February 15 debut of the First Edition bundle and the end of the NPD period. That is significantly higher than Pachter's expectations for the 3DS, which comes in at 240,000.
This would result in a 24% rise in hardware sales compared to January, but it'd still be a 15% decline in the year-over-year comparison. The analyst also expects an 8% decline in software, with the top slots going to Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning (around 400,000 units sold), Zumba Fitness Rush, Twisted Metal and UFC Undisputed 3. It's unlikely we'll see any Vita titles on the list; the thing is pretty darn new, after all. Obviously, we'll have to keep an eye on how the Vita fares for the rest of the year; we still say software will be the primary sales driver.
3/5/2012 8:36:54 PM John Shepard