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Playstation Vita delayed in US and Europe

Playstation Vita delayed in US and Europe

We'll have to wait until early 2012 to play with one of these in Europe.

The last we heard about Sony’s forthcoming handheld console was when the Playstation Vita was priced and Sony said the console would be on sale in Autumn 2011. However, Sony's executive vice president Kazuo Hirai has now stated that the device won’t be on sale in the US and Europe until 2012.

According to the Associated Press, Hirai said that the device would be available in Japan before the end of the year, but that the US and Europe would have to wait until early next year. Hirai reportedly didn't give a reason for the delay, but did say that Sony wanted to have a solid selection of games to launch with the new hardware.

However, Hirai did confirm that the price of the Vita won’t be affected by the recent news of Nintendo’s 3DS price cut: ‘We packed so much into the device and made it very affordable,' Hirai told reporters at Sony's HQ in Tokyo. '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 3DS is expected to drop to US$170 while the WiFi-only version of the Vita is set to cost US$250, while the phone-enabled version will cost US$300.

The Vita's specs list includes a quad-core ARM A9 CPU, a SGX543MP4+ GPU, a 5in capacitive multi-touch display, a multi-touch pad on the back, twin cameras and built-in GPS.

Are you disappointed by the news, or are you so eager to play with the Vita that you’re booking a late-December flight to Tokyo right now? Let us know in the forum.

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RichCreedy 5th August 2011, 16:32 Quote
it does look kind of interesting, but not sure i will buy one, unless i become a lottery winner of course,

game has uk prices as £229.99 for wifi and £279.99 for wifi+3g
Showerhead 5th August 2011, 18:17 Quote
Looks like they are away to make the same mistake they did with the PS3 with the vita. While it may have all the fancy features people primarily want to by it for gaming on the move, and if nintendo offer a way to do it for £100 cheaper i think that is the option most people will go for.
ChaosDefinesOrder 5th August 2011, 20:01 Quote
I think they're delaying the release outside of Japan because they're diverting all their stock to satisfy Japanese predicted sales and pre-orders first. Didn't they do the same with the PS3?
Canon 5th August 2011, 20:03 Quote
oh no...what will we do until then? The humanity....
derpooch 5th August 2011, 21:00 Quote
I don't know if I want one or not, smart-phones are just developing so fast...
SlowMotionSuicide 5th August 2011, 22:17 Quote
And games for smartphones costs like 0.79EUR, which will really be the death of these systems. Nintendo won't fare much better.
bradders2125 6th August 2011, 01:22 Quote
Looks like lots of kids will be getting a 3DS for xmas instead of a Vita. Smart move Sony.
TWeaK 6th August 2011, 01:36 Quote
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Originally Posted by The Article
the phone-enabled version will cost US$300

Is that a Vita that can also be used as a phone, or one that uses the 3G network for internet access (like the 3G Kindle)?
jrs77 6th August 2011, 02:11 Quote
Why? Why not simply buy a Xperia Play instead?
Woodspoon 6th August 2011, 02:43 Quote
reminds me of the Nokia N-guage and that didn't work out too well
Woollster00 6th August 2011, 13:02 Quote
Because the Xperia Play sucks ass.
Eggy 6th August 2011, 17:18 Quote
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Originally Posted by bradders2125
Looks like lots of kids will be getting a 3DS for xmas instead of a Vita. Smart move Sony.
Those kids aren't really the target audience me thinks.

3ds really has no games and fails miserably because of it. But the delay can't be helped anyway I guess, the earth quake and aftermath has probably put a serious dent in the production schedule.
Toploaded 8th August 2011, 00:30 Quote
Shame I'll have to wait longer I guess, but so glad it's coming out.
Pieface 8th August 2011, 00:53 Quote
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Originally Posted by Eggy
Those kids aren't really the target audience me thinks.

3ds really has no games and fails miserably because of it. But the delay can't be helped anyway I guess, the earth quake and aftermath has probably put a serious dent in the production schedule.

Like the DS failed by the lack of games? Now look at it :/
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