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Sony ups initial PS Vita shipment to 700k in Japan

Adds an additional 200,000 units due to pre-order demand

Sony has shipped around 700,000 PlayStation Vita units to retailers ahead of the system's Japanese launch tomorrow.

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That's according to Mainichi Digital (via Andriasang), which says Sony originally planned an initial shipment of 500,000 units, but added another 200,000 units due to pre-order demand.

Many retailers have reportedly said consumers will be able to purchase a Vita on launch day without a pre-order.

It'll be very interesting to see how the system performs in its first week on the market, as 3DS has been the top-selling console in Japan every week since in mid-August price cut.

Vita launches in west on February 22 with at least 12 first-party games.

Before then, UK gamers will be able to go hands-on with Vita at a series of events to be held over the next few months.

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[ SOURCE: Andriasang ]

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