This might be nothing, but it appears that Sony might only be able to guarantee that their own PlayStation Vita games will be available on PSN on the same day as they release at retail.
Picked up over on NeoGAF, a recent video on the US PlayStation Blog clearly states that “first party software titles will be available on the same day via Playstation Vita game cards at retail stores and digitally via the Playstation Network.”
It’s specific enough to make us think without being clear enough to confirm otherwise, but it sounds like third party publishers will be free to choose whether or not their games release simultaneously on PSN and retail.
Here’s the video, and the comment’s at around 3.45 onwards:
Hopefully this is just an option that most publishers won’t be using – I’d much rather have all my games digitally (although I’m sure I’m in the minority with that one) just so they’re always to hand.
We’ll chase this up with SCEE in the morning.