I handed my Christmas list to my fiancé some time ago, and there was only one thing on it: Sony’s PlayStation Vita. However, it seems that despite how good I’ve been this year, my Christmas wishes will not be fulfilled, because only those in Japan will get the PS Vita before the end of this year.
For those of us in Europe and the U.S., we won’t get the opportunity to lay our hands on some Vita goodness until 2012. Sony’s executive vice president, Kazuo Hirai, told reporters at the company’s headquarters that despite its earlier promises of a roll-out this year, the handheld will be available in Japan only, with its worldwide roll-out scheduled for next year.
Not only does this mean that I won’t be waking up to a new PlayStation Vita come December 25, but it also gives Nintendo a huge reason to celebrate. The company’s Nintendo 3DS will undoubtedly do better during the peak holiday season without any competition from the Vita, especially after that whopping price cut that goes into effect from next Friday.
Hirai said that Sony’s decision to delay the device was in order to get key gaming titles ready for its release. He denied that this decision was influenced by the Nintendo 3DS’ recent price cut, however, it may have been influenced by the handheld’s poor sales. One of Nintendo’s reasons for the device’s slow start was that key titles were not ready for the handheld’s release — could it be that Sony doesn’t want to make the same mistake?
One thing is certain, however: Sony won’t be reducing the price to make its device more competitive.
“We packed so much into the device and made it very affordable. 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.”
Retailers in the U.K. are currently advertising the PS Vita at £229.99 for the Wi-Fi-only model, and £279.99 for the 3G capable device. In the U.S., prices start at $249 and rise to $299 respectively.
Were you hoping to pick up a Vita this Christmas, and will its delay persuade you to pick up a 3DS instead?