Sony has confirmed that the PlayStaion Vita, its quad-core handheld console, won’t be available to European or US gamers until the end of February.
This will mean that the PS Vita will go on sale a full 13 months after it was first announced in January of this year. Of course the Vita will be available to Japanese gamers from 17 December but that won’t be any consolation to those in Europe and the US who won’t find the powerful handheld console under their Christmas trees.
The news was announced by Sony Computer Entertainment’s President and CEO, Jack Tretton at the Web 2.0 Summit currently taking place in San Francisco.
The PS Vita will cost £229.99 in the UK for the Wi-Fi only version, with the 3G model setting you back £279.99. As well as being released in the Europe and the US on 22 Febraury, the handheld console will also go on sale in Canada, Australasia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America.
While the Japanese gamers will get a choice of 26 games at launch (including Uncharted, Ridge Racer, F1 2011, and Dynasty Warriors), that figure should be a lot bigger by the time the worldwide launch takes place. The final launch line-up for the UK and elsewhere has yet to be announce but Sony has said that over 100 titles are currently in development for the console.
"Our first-party studios and army of publishing partners have been extremely hard at work to ensure that PS Vita launches with a vast library of titles that deliver unique gameplay experiences that go beyond any handheld or mobile device on the market," Tretton said in a blog post following the announcement.
"We have more than 100 games currently in development globally that span many different genres, including Sound Shapes, Resistance: Burning Skies, Uncharted Golden Abyss, Capcom’s Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed, EA Sports’ FIFA, Activision’s Call of Duty, and numerous others that you’ll hear about in the months ahead."
The 3DS is currently priced around £80 less than the PS Vita, however this is as a result of poor initial sales of the Nintendo console and if the PS Vita lives up to its promise, Sony could regain the handheld gaming crown.