Supermarket bosses have said they are pleased with the early performance of Sony’s new handheld games console.

The PlayStation Vita got off to a slow start in Japan last year but UK retailers, which began selling it on 22 February, claimed sales had been in line with expectations. The launch titles were described as one of the “strongest-ever” line-ups for a new console by one UK supermarket.

Asda, which offered the lowest UK price, at £197 for the 3G console (rsp: £229.99), said it had been pleased with how consumers had reacted.

As expected, Fifa and Uncharted have stolen the show on the software front but Asda also said 16GB memory cards, priced £37, had sold well.