Sony this week told its internal PlayStation Portable development teams that the handheld system is still "at least a few months away" from release in Europe.
According to a source close to the platform holder, teams were ushered into a meeting and given the news despite the fact that a number of the European launch games are now finished.
UK retail sources we spoke to have apparently been given no indication when the system will launch or how much it will cost, with many now privately predicting that it will be "June at the earliest" before European gamers can get their hands on it.
Sony's major competitor in the next-generation handheld stakes, the Nintendo DS, launches across Europe today priced GBP 99 with a roster of 16 launch titles, having launched in the US and Japan last year.
PlayStation Portable, meanwhile, is only available in Japan at the moment, with a US launch scheduled for 24th March with a price tag of $249.99.
Sony said it had no comment to make this morning.