Thursday, August 4, 2011

PlayStation Vita on sale early 2012 in NA/EU, Holiday 2011 in JPN

As per the AP:

Sony's next-generation portable game machine, the PlayStation Vita, won't be going on sale in the U.S. or Europe in time for Christmas — a key sales period for game console makers.

Expectations had been high the machine would be ready worldwide for the year-end holiday shopping season. Sony earlier promised a "phased global rollout" starting late this year.

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.

Well, this is rather unfortunate, however I'd much rather Sony avoid rushing anything out the door. On the flip side, this may end up causing the Vita to get off to a slow start depending on how close to the end of the holiday season it ends up launching in North America (I don't know about you, but my gaming budget gets awful tight around and after the holidays due to gifts and travel).

On a more positive note, this also may allow developers a bit of extra time to ensure the launch software is as polished as possible (not to mention allowing the 3DS some more time to grow).

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