news\ Sep 27, 2011 at 4:19 pm

PlayStation Vita Not Launching This Year After All


Back in June we reported that the PlayStation Vita would be landing during the 2011 holiday season. Amazon first indicated this by slapping a December 31 release date on the handheld, and Sony seemed to be going along with a pre-2012 launch, as well. It turns out Japan will still be getting the portable before the year's end, but North America and Europe won't.

According to the Associated Press, Sony Executive Vice President Kaz Hirai made the announcement himself. The push isn't a delay, stated Hirai. Instead, it's a calculated move designed so that gamers can get better software for the Vita when it hits shelves.

It sounds like the delay--err, calculated move--was inspired by the weak launch lineup of the 3DS, which eventually led to that system's rapidly declining sales. After witnessing the uphill climb Nintendo's been going through with their latest portable machine, it's obvious Sony wants to avoid a similar disaster. That said, Hirai clarified that the Vita will not be getting an early price cut. "We packed so much into the device and made it very affordable," expressed the Sony exec. "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."

Expect the Vita to drop in North America and Europe early in 2012. The standard Wi-Fi model will be priced at $249.99. Meanwhile the 3G version will come with a $299.99 price tag. Here's hoping we get a solid launch lineup now that the device is being pushed back.

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