Sony Delays Vita Release to U.S.

Posted on 04. Aug, 2011 by in Blog

Sony Corporation announced today that it not be releasing the Playstation Vita to U.S. or European regions before the end of 2011, missing the vital holiday shopping season.

Rumors had circulated that the latest portable gaming device could be released as early as October 2011, but Sony executive Kazuo Hirai denied that claim today.

Hirai says that the expected release date is not due to delays with product development, but rather the company’s need to ensure a strong software lineup to coincide with the launch.

Smart moves in the wake of Nintendo’s decision to offer a near 40% price slash on their 3DS, despite being on the market for less than a year. The recent foibles of the portable console could be directly linked to the lack of software.

The Vita, equipped with a 5-inch display and touch pads at the back, will be offered from $249 in the U.S., Sony said in June. That’s still $80 more than Nintendo’s 3-D portable player after the price cut.

Playstation will release the Vita to the Japanese market by the end of the year. Sony has traditionally released their products to the Japanese market prior to any other regions.