If there's one thing I can't wait to get my hands on this year (other than the iPhone 5), it's Sony's upcoming PlayStation Vita. I'm a big fan of the PSP, but I think the introduction of dual analogue sticks with the PS Vita will alone make it a huge improvement over its predecessor. Not to mention that 5-inch OLED touchscreen, those front- and rear-facing cameras and its 3G connectivity.

So when will we get our mitts on this device? Well, according to Blockbuster U.K., in about three months. A flyer sent out by the retailer — and obtained by IGN details "upcoming games releases" for the U.K. and lists the PS Vita with a release date of October 28. That's for both the Wi-Fi and 3G models.

Sony is yet to confirm a release date for the PS Vita — at least to the general public — merely confirming the device is on course for a "phased global release." That means, of course, that if Blockbuster's flyer is correct, the device could be available even sooner to those of you in the U.S.

This isn't the first time that the PS Vita has been given a release date by retailers. SlashGear reports that when some eager consumers placed orders for the Vita with Amazon back in June, they received emails that notified them the device wouldn't ship until January 2012.

Until we hear anything official from Sony, it's best to assume these release dates are very rough estimates from both Amazon and Blockbuster. However, I like to think Blockbuster's is a little more accurate. And surely Sony will be hoping to get the device out in time for the holidays?

One thing Sony has confirmed is the Vita's price tag: In the U.S. the device will launch at $249 for the Wi-Fi-only model, while the 3G capable handheld will be an extra $5o at $299. In the U.K., the Vita will launch at £229.99 for the Wi-Fi-only model, with the 3G device at £279.99.

Is the PlayStation Vita on your Christmas list this year?

[via SlashGear]