The PlayStation Vita’s early Japanese sales have been a big point of discussion across the Internet since the system’s launch in December. Like the Nintendo 3DS before it, some seem to keen to use the stumbling sales to push their own narrative: that the system is unwanted in a smart-phone dominated world.

But Sony itself does not foresee any problems for the PlayStation Vita. In fact, chief financial officer Masaru Kato reckons the device has got off to a decent start.

He said during the firm’s financial call this week:

The company has not publicly announced the units of shipping and sales, [but] at the appropriate time, we would do so.

But as far as sell-through, three weeks have passed and our sell-through is 500,000. This was announced on the 10th of January. So as a start, I think we had a very – a good start.

Including software and hardware, we are carrying out the sales promotions and we do it to boost the sales, and we do not think we have any problems.

Critics would argue that while the launch sales were impressive, the device has slumped in recent weeks. They would be correct – but it’s not panic time just yet. Let’s see how the system fares when anticipated titles such as Gravity Rush start showing up before bowing down to our new smart-phone overlords.