No Vita For US And Europe Until Next Year

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If you’re outside of Japan and don’t want to import, you’ll have to wait until next year before you can get your hands on Sony’s upcoming handheld. Sony’s Executive Vice President Kazuo Hirai (you know, good old Kaz) confirmed to Assoicated Press today that while Playstation Vita will be released in Japan by the end of the year, it will not be seen in the US and Europe until early next year. While he would not give any specifics, he did say that Sony wants to prepared with a solid software lineup when the handheld is released.

Hirai was also quick to shoot down any rumours that Vita would get a price cut in reaction to Nintendo dropping the price of their 3DS Handheld. He said that “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.”

It may be a disappointment to some hoping that Vita would have a Christmas time release worldwide but one group who certainly will be happy are Nintendo. With the 3DS price drop coming into effect this month, it gives them the rest of the year to see if their strategy pays off, especially going into the Christmas season with no equal competitor. It could be a tough climb at least in the US and Europe for Sony depending on how the 3DS fares for the rest of this year. On the bright side, it looks like Vita will be available in one part of the world by the end of this year.

Source: Associated Press

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