Sales of Sony's PS Vita console got off to a "disappointing" start in the UK, it has been confirmed.
Week one Chart-Track figures reveal that Sony's new handheld device sold "around one quarter" of the number of the 185,000 PSP units shifted in the UK during its first week on sale back in September 2005.
Although exact data has not been publicly announced by either Chart-Track or Sony, industry sources have confirmed that the figure is "just over half" of the 89,000 sold by the Nintendo 3DS in its first week almost a year ago.
With pre-orders of Vita reportedly around the 70,000 mark, Sony will be hoping that the generally positive critical reception to its new device will coax cash-strapped consumers into shelling out for its next generation handheld.
The news comes hours after Sony elected to publish a global figure for Vita sales to date of 1.2 million.
With total Japanese sales confirmed as being 578,812 on February 19th, the remaining 600,000 will have been split between the remaining worldwide territories.
Figures from other Western territories have yet to emerge.
'We all saw it coming'
Meanwhile, one senior source felt that the low UK sales should not come as a surprise.
"It's disappointing, sure, but we all saw it coming," said the source.
"Realistically, I think a lot of people can see it's technically a great system, but people just don't have the cash to shell out for the same game twice. A lot will be waiting for a true system seller before taking the plunge, or, more likely, be happier continuing to pay 69p for dozens of mobile games.
"The market has changed," the source concluded.