PlayStation Vita Coming to the U.S. Early 2012; No Price Cut in the Works
With all the recent rumors in the past weeks it turns out that the next portable system from Sony will not be heading to the U.S. until the new year. Some were hopeful that Sony would be bringing the PlayStation Vita to the U.S. and Europe during the holiday season this year but today Kazuo Hirai, Sony Corp. Executive Vice President, said it will not go on sale until early 2012.
He did not give a specific release date for when the portable system will be available in Japan but he did say it will be go on sale by the end of the year. For us in the States we won’t be seeing the Vita until early 2012. The reasoning is they want to make sure they have “solid game software” to offer perspective buyers to coincide with the launch.
When asked about rival Nintendo decision to drastically cut prices of its new 3DS portable system so quickly, Hirai stated that Sony will not be changing the price point anytime soon. .
“We packed so much into the device and made it very affordable,” Hirai told reporters at Sony’s Tokyo headquarters. “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 PlayStation Vita will cost $249 in the U.S., for its Wi-Fi-only version, and $299 in the U.S. for the 3G version.
Looks like those who were hoping for a earlier release will have to continue to wait. And with no date set in stone, we might not be seeing the Vita until March or April. That’s still considered “early” 2012 right? At least they are waiting for a solid lineup before they release the Vita cause in my opinion that’s the reason the 3DS got off to a slow start.
[Source: MSN Money]