PS Vita Worldwide Sales Reach 1.8 Million Units, Sony Predicts Sales of Around 10 Million This Year

Earlier this morning in an earnings call, Sony CEO Kaz Hirai announced that sales numbers for the PlayStation Vita have reached 1.8 million worldwide as of March 2012.

According to Eurogamer, Hirai shared the news by saying, “About Vita, the last year, [we sold] 1.8 million units for US, Japan, Asia and Europe.” He went on to share an optimistic take on these results, by adding that “as a starting phase, I think it was a good start.”

While current sales numbers of the Vita probably don’t have Hirai jumping up and down in jubilation, 1.8 million units is nothing to scoff at either. Compared to the 3DS, it is trailing considerably, but Nintendo’s handheld has had a decent head start to gain traction and build out its game library.

Sony expects there to be 16 million PSP and Vita sales this financial year (April 2012 – March 2013), with an analyst suggesting that 6 million of the sales would go to the PSP (leaving 10 million for Vita), a figure Hirai agreed with.

There’s no denying that Sony needs to continue to expand the Vita’s lineup of games, as quality software is the key to the platform’s success – even Nintendo’s Miyamoto said as much. Luckily, it is fair to reason that Sony’s E3 press conference will be loaded with PlayStation Vita content, so buckle up gamers, June is bound to be one heck of a ride.