Early and unconfirmed reports from Japan suggest that Sony’s new handheld console, the PlayStation Vita, has performed well at release but has perhaps come up short of the success Sony may have hoped for.

The PlayStation Vita has not sold out according to Japanese retailers, and consumers are able to pick up a unit without having pre-ordered.

Several unconfirmed reports put the sell-through at 85 per cent for the WiFi model and 56 per cent for the 3G model.

Some Japanese users are also beginning to report technical problems with the Vita such as system freezing and unresponsive touchscreens.

The PlayStation Vita launches in New Zealand in February.