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No Vita launch in US or Europe this year

PlayStation Vita to launch in US and Europe in early 2012, Japan by Christmas

Sony's executive vice president Kaz Hirai has confirmed that the PlayStation Vita will not be released in the US and Europe until next calendar year.

According to a report by the Associated Press, Hirai confirmed the news to reporters at Sony's Tokyo headquarters, but suggested that the device would be on-sale in Japan by the end of the year.

The Vita was expected to launch worldwide before the Christmas shopping season, and while Hirai did not acknowledge Sony's release plans as a delay, he placed emphasis on the importance of having a strong software offering ready for the launch.

A weak launch line-up was one of the reasons cited for the poor performance of the 3DS, and Hirai insisted that Sony would not respond to Nintendo's decision to cut the price of its handheld.

"We packed so much into the device and made it very affordable," he said. "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."

The price of the PlayStation Vita is currently set at $249 (£223 / €249) for the standard Wi-Fi model, with a 3G plus Wi-Fi model available for $299 (£268 / €299).

More details are expected to be announced at Sony's Gamescom press conference, which takes place at 7pm on August 16.

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Stephen McCarthy Studying Games Technology, Kingston University10 years ago
Some how I saw this coming.
And could it kill them just to have some of the JP games over here for a better line up, a lot of people are ok with subs.
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could be a nice strategy to test it on the economically depressed japanese market first, and tailor the international release accordingly, with a boom and a bang at GDC 2012
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Stephen McCarthy Studying Games Technology, Kingston University10 years ago
I got no idea about that, most of the jp games and devices get put back for us.
I just do not see why they missing Christmas, hell it the big time of the year for games (that why we do not get a lot of games in the mid part)
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Klaus Preisinger Freelance Writing 10 years ago
The most important thing to hear for Germany will be who is going to provide the 3G and if that means the hardware is subsidized by a network carrier. I doubt T-Com or Vodafone will lower their prices for their data package and usually you get about 300 worth of hardware for a subscription to their service.

An iPad2 will cost roughly 100 once you buy it with a subscription. Buying a full price Vita with a full price subscription is suicide. Buying it with an iPad 2 you then sell on Ebay is too much of a hassle for the average customer as well.
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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys! 10 years ago
Good news in my book. I say the system should come out next year with a solid launch/launch window lineup. I'd MUCH rather see the system launch with positive reviews for the software than see it rushed out and not ready (3DS, anyone?). Worse, shipping with with games that need patching or titles that don't impress because whips were cracked to get them ready for a holiday release stinks of desperation. Sony has MORE than enough top-tier PS3 games (first and third party) to make money this holiday season. They can, of course always tease us with more and more Vita reveals as the months go on.

Missing Xmas is NO big damn deal in this era. Good games can (and SHOULD) come out ANY time of the year. Granted, you don't want to see a new system in the middle of summer, but I think Sony isn't losing any sleep over this "delay" (that's not really a delay at all if you think about it)...

I'd MUCH rather see the Vita launch like the original PlayStation and PS2, although I'm not sure how healthy the Japanese sales will be in the current economy. Still back in late '94 and up until the launch of the original PS, I was thrilled to read about the system and games (although it took me a bit longer to actually BUY my first PS)...
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Curt Sampson Sofware Developer 10 years ago
Greg, I'm not sure I agree with you. Christmas is a huge season for sales in the U.S., and now not only does Sony not have their new portable there for it, but the 3DS is now priced competitively to the Vita and will probably have a decent software lineup by that point. Will Americans (and, to a lesser degree, Europeans) have $250-$300 to fork out after all the Christmas bills come in? Almost certainly not if they already bought a 3DS.
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Hurple CEO, Zattikka Ltd.10 years ago
Stupid name - sounds like a biscuit!!! C'mon Sony!! Get it together.
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