It is almost 400 days since Kazuo Hirai took to the stage in Tokyo to announce what was at the time called the Sony Next Generation Portable (NGP) which would later become the PlayStation Vita. And while Japanese gamers have had their hands on the Vita for a while now, the wait for UK gamers is finally over and tomorrow morning, 22 February, the PS Vita will go on sale across the country.
As well as UK gamers getting their first taste of the quad-core gaming action, customers in the US, Canada, Australasia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America will also be queuing up to get their hands on the PS Vita.
The PS Vita will be available in two versions, a Wi-Fi only model which will come with a RRP of £229.99 while a 3G model will cost you £279.99. However it seems as if retailers are willing to under-cut the competition to entice customers into their stores.
As the excitement ramps up ahead of launch, supermarket chain Asda has slashed the price on the Wi-Fi only model to just £197, breaking that important £200 barrier for the first time. Asda has also cut the price of the 3G model to just £259.
Even online retailer Amazon has dropped the price of the PS Vita, offering it on pre-order at £209.99 for the Wi-Fi only model and £269.99 for the Wi-Fi 3G model – a saving of £20 in each case.
Indeed, such is the anticipation ahead of tomorrow’s launch, that 14 of the 20 places on Amazon’s UK PC and video games pre-order chart are taken up by the PS Vita, games and accessories. Top of the pile sits the 8GB proprietary memory card from Sony which will set you back £27.99.
“The release of a console is always big news and the buzz created around the new technology and enhanced gameplay has ensured that the PlayStation Vita is a bestseller in our charts before it has even been released,” said Liz Hosmer, manager of video games at Amazon.co.uk Ltd.
Will you be queuing up to grab a PS Vita tomorrow morning or will you be looking elsewhere for your mobile gaming needs, like the Nintendo 3DS? Let us know what you think in the comments below.