Sony PS Vita To Land Stateside in 2012

August 4, 2011, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Oh No! That’s a blow, all right. And we have been sitting on edge to grab this bad boy. It seems the Vita roll-out will begin this year, but it won’t be reaching Stateside or Europe until we have celebrated the New Year.

Kaz Hirai, the man behind the PlayStation, said that only Japan will be treated to the console this year. And the announcement can’t be pointed to as a release window, as no specific dates were revealed.

The Nintendo 3DS made news a short while back with its price slash maneuver.

We packed so much into the device and made it very affordable,” Hirai said. “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.”

That’s the boss’s reply to the question whether the Vita will be going through a similar cut.

The company could have made good market sales if the console was out during the holiday season. But they apparently want to put up a good offering with robust game software, so they are taking their time doing it.

Two versions of the Vita will make their way into markets: the WiFi only version and a version that includes a cell phone service. The former model will be costing $249 in the US and 24,980 yen in Japan, while the latter carries a price tag of $299 in the US and 29,980 yen in Japan.

The gaming industry’s famous for its procrastinating character, but it’s still a bummer to not look forward to a good holiday special.

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