CES ’12: Sony Conference Roundup

A few interesting gaming tidbits come out of Sony’s show.

Erik Norrisby Erik Norris


Last night, Sony held their company press conference on the first day of the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show. Unfortunately, the show was relatively light on gaming news — that’s right, no surprise reveal of the PlayStation 4. However, there were a few interesting tidbits revealed that are worth mentioning here for you guys/gals.

Firstly, let’s talk sales figures. To date, the PlayStation Vita, which launched in Japan late last year, has sold 500,000 units as of January 5th. That’s an average of 25,000 Vitas sold per day. Since the Vita’s launch, the handheld has seen dwindling numbers with each passing week; however, Sony’s current figures make the future of the handheld sound a bit brighter.

Speaking of the PS Vita, Sony executive Kaz Hirai revealed that a Netflix App is planned for the device when it launches outside Japan. According to Hirai, the Netflix monkeys are currently working on the App to have it ready for day one (hopefully). Sony is also planning a Music Unlimited App for the Vita for launch, but let’s be serious, that’s not nearly as cool as having Troll 2 available for instant watching on the go with your brand-spankin’-new Vita.

Sadly, that about does it for the Sony press conference at CES. Sony announced a few other tech goodies, but they don’t really apply to the gaming world. At least not yet. So what do you think of the Vita getting Netflix? Does that excite you or leave you cold? Let us know in the comments below.