PS Vita Delayed In Europe and America Early 2012

By On 5th August, 2011

There is guaranteed to be a few gloomy faces this Christmas when the number one item on many peoples Christmas list, The Playstation Vita, is not in our stockings!

Last week we heard the release date for the vita was on the 28th of October off a leaked flyer from retailer Blockbuster. But this week Sony Entertainment CEO Kaz Hirari stomped out that rumour and was quoted saying the release of the PS Vita in Europe and America has been delayed until 2012 but people in Japan will get there hands on it in time for Christmas. Sony had previously promised a global roll out of the vita all in time for christmas and the delay is likely to cause a big profit loss for a company recently suffering $172 million worth of damages.

Nintendo will be thrilled with the news as the 3DS is now the only 8th generation console to be out in time for Christmas. Although failing to reach initial sale targets, the recent price drop and upcoming release of some totally epic games including a new Mario Kart, Luigi’s Mansion, Star Fox 3DS and Mario World should put Nintendo in front of the other big guns.

Its not just Nintendo competing with Sony this year though, Apple have sold over 200 million devices and Android have sold more than 100 million devices both of which are capable of playing plenty of fantastic games. Many critics believe that the era of handheld gaming devices is coming to a close with the 3DS and Vita being the last. The Vita has a hefty price tag of £280 for the 3G model and Harai stated “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.” Despite the growing pressures demanding a price cut. The Vita will go on sale in Japan at the end of this year although an exact date is still yet to have been given.

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Tom Stowe

I am deputy editor for console deals, this means i get to play tons of games, write reviews, news and post just about anything! I play most genre of games, mainly on PC! Feel free to add me on steam or follow me on twitter!