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PS Vita Confirmed For 2012 Outside Japan

October fail.

Thinking you might get your hands on PS Vita this year?  Well, you might – but only from Japan.

Sony’s Kaz Hirai has confirmed that the follow up to the PSP will only see the light of day this year in its native territory, everywhere else will be “early 2012″.

“Sony Corp. Executive Vice President Kazuo Hirai said Thursday the PlayStation Vita will go on sale by the end of the year in Japan, and early next year in the U.S. and Europe,” states MSN Money.

“Hirai did not characterize the timing as a delay, but said Sony wants to be prepared with solid game software offerings timed with the hardware launches.”

He also states that the company doesn’t see any reason to drop the price despite Nintendo’s struggling 3DS.

“There is no need to lower the price just because somebody else that happens to be in the video game business decided that they were going to lower their price,” he said.

We’ll see…

Source: MSN, via VG247.

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50 Comments
  1. tonyyeb
    Member
    Since: Aug 2010

    Not a surprise really. Shame they will miss the holiday season though, could miss out quite a bit.

    Comment posted on 04/08/2011 at 10:32.
    • Samiro05
      Member
      Since: May 2010

      Sony tend to miss the holiday season quite a lot though here, (Europe).

      { I just checked Playstation wiki to confirm my release dates for EU and found out some interesting info about how some people got shot and robbed for the PS3 when it was released :/ }

      Comment posted on 04/08/2011 at 10:39.
      • BLAGGER
        Member
        Since: Jan 2010

        There is also a really bizarre story about one store who held a musical chairs contest as they didn’t have enough stock…rumor has it that one guy in a rush for the chair missed and ran into a lamp-post! No PS3 but a free black eye! Think I read this in Game TM back in March 07 if I remember…

        Comment posted on 04/08/2011 at 11:12.
  2. Origami Killer
    Member
    Since: May 2010

    ahh stupid that they miss out December and Christmas, but also a good move as there are a lot of top quality games coming out late this year so it may not sell as well as they wanted it too

    Comment posted on 04/08/2011 at 10:35.
  3. McProley
    Member
    Since: Aug 2011

    Boo! Hiss! cant say im surprised. doesnt stop me being gutted though *sad face*

    Comment posted on 04/08/2011 at 10:35.
    • Youles
      Member
      Since: Feb 2011

      Yeah, but there’s the PS headset and 3DTV to buy…more time to save!

      Comment posted on 04/08/2011 at 10:51.
      • McProley
        Member
        Since: Aug 2011

        this is true

        Comment posted on 04/08/2011 at 10:52.
  4. Samiro05
    Member
    Since: May 2010

    This is sort of a relief as I know I would not have bought it during the onslaught of coming months’ games.

    Comment posted on 04/08/2011 at 10:40.
  5. Jim H [Teabags]
    Member
    Since: Nov 2009

    Might import it if the price is right. That, and if games/features are region free.

    Comment posted on 04/08/2011 at 10:43.
  6. embryo69
    Member
    Since: Nov 2009

    This is rediculous. It has no chance if it can’t make it for Xmas launch. I think everyone will like the Vita but when it comes to parting with £200 plus, people will decide not to buy.

    Comment posted on 04/08/2011 at 10:49.
    • Jim H [Teabags]
      Member
      Since: Nov 2009

      Agreed. Skipping the launch window really put a hurting on the 3DS, and could explain why it’s having such a hard time at the moment. If the Vita launches in January it will still have a chance methinks, but any later and Sony have missed a golden opportunity.

      Comment posted on 04/08/2011 at 10:54.
      • PoorPaddy89
        Member
        Since: Aug 2009

        My money’s on a March release.

        Comment posted on 04/08/2011 at 10:57.
      • cam the man
        Member
        Since: May 2009

        My money is on April.
        Start of the financial year, all units sold at launch will bolster the first year’s figures.

        Comment posted on 04/08/2011 at 11:53.
      • HelixSundown
        Member
        Since: Aug 2011

        The launch window has NOTHING to do with the 3DS’s current state.

        Comment posted on 04/08/2011 at 12:42.
  7. PoorPaddy89
    Member
    Since: Aug 2009

    Solid game software? How about some METAL GEAR solid game software? Eh? Eh? Oh.

    Comment posted on 04/08/2011 at 10:52.
  8. gaffers101
    Member
    Since: Oct 2008

    That’s not so bad. I’ll trade my PSP-3000 in before Christmas and hope to get the maximum value for it that way.

    Comment posted on 04/08/2011 at 10:52.
  9. jonny_bolton
    Chooses The Impossible
    Since: Oct 2008

    At least this gives me more time to save the pennies.

    Comment posted on 04/08/2011 at 10:54.
  10. Winkle
    Member
    Since: Nov 2009

    That’s it Christmas cancelled!!! Throws toys out of pram.

    Comment posted on 04/08/2011 at 10:55.

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