PlayStation Vita launching 2012 in US, Europe

Sony has confirmed that its snazzy new handheld won't launch in the US and Europe until early 2012, though it's still set to hit Japan before the end of this year.

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Sony's PlayStation Vita won't be launching in the US and Europe this year, company executive VP Kazuo Hirai has confirmed. Sony had previously said that the snazzy handheld would launch in 2011, but insists that it never said this would be a worldwide launch.

The PlayStation Vita, formerly codenamed the NGP (Next Generation Portable), will launch in Japan by the end of this year, then come to the US and Europe in early 2012.

According to Hirai, this is less of a delay and more Sony wanting to have a solid software lineup in place. Here's (most of) the Vita games known to be in development so far.

The Vita was originally on track to cost the same as Nintendo's new handheld, the 3DS, but Nintendo is unexpectedly and drastically cutting the price by $80 to $169.99 next week. However, Sony has no intention to follow Nintendo's lead, and is sticking at $249.99 for the Wi-Fi-only model and $299.99 for the flashy 3G-enabled system.

"We packed so much into the device and made it very affordable," Hirai said according to an AP report. "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."

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    August 4, 2011 6:00 AM

    Alice O'Connor posted a new article, PlayStation Vita launching 2012 in US, Europe.

    Sony has confirmed that its snazzy new handheld won't launch in the US and Europe until early 2012, though it's still set to hit Japan before the end of this year.

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      August 4, 2011 6:08 AM

      That's no fun :( Hopefully it's super early 2012.

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      August 4, 2011 6:59 AM

      I was really hoping to have a Vita this year, but I guess this will leave more time for the billions of other stuff that comes out this holiday.

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      August 4, 2011 7:06 AM

      Fine by me, give me some time to recover from christmas spending.

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      August 4, 2011 7:26 AM

      It doesn't seem to make much sense to put out two Uncharted titles at the same time either, even if they are on different platforms. As an EU buyer I didn't expect it until next year anyway. Shame about those Christmas US sales though eh Sony?

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      August 4, 2011 2:17 PM

      That sucks I'm sure that means march/April. I just hope it's not too close to the WiiU launch. Man I really wanted it this year so I could trade in my psp for a upgrade:)

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      August 4, 2011 2:40 PM

      this seems like a mistake. it'll give nintendo time to regather and take the handheld market.

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      August 4, 2011 4:20 PM

      I think the Vita will still beat the 3DS as long as it has a strong launch line up. I personally wont get the 3DS till KH3D, and by then there will probably be another price drop.

      What I think will help the Vita the most, is that its major selling point, the OLED screen, can be advertised. If you see a 3DS commercial they need to put "2D images of a 3D display" or something at the bottom of the screen.

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        August 4, 2011 5:37 PM

        Vita at $250 vs. 3DS at $170 makes it tough for Sony. And isn't the Vita incompatable with the PSP disk games?

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      August 4, 2011 5:33 PM

      riiiiidge raaaaaaaaaaaaaaaceeeeeer

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      August 4, 2011 5:40 PM

      the buttons are to small, theyre like ds lite buttons instead of psp buttons. this will be an issue