Sony has already stated that it is planning to launch its new handheld gaming console, the PlayStation Vita this year, but they have not announced a specific release date. Just recently, an “upcoming releases” flyer from Blockbuster U.K. has been leaked, which has seemingly confirmed the PlayStation Vita’s release date.
The document was forwarded to gaming news website IGN by an unnamed gamer from the U.K. It suggests that the PlayStation Vita, Sony’s replacement to its PSP (PlayStation Portable), will be launched in the U.K. on October 28th 2011. Both Wi-Fi only and 3G + Wi-Fi forms are listed in the flyer. This is slightly off the rumored November release date, though.
When Sony was asked to comment on this, all they said was the PS Vita is slated for a “phased global release” this Christmas season. It is unclear whether the PS Vita will be released in all regions before Christmas this year, or if some countries have to wait until early 2012 to get their hands on the device.
The upcoming PlayStation Vita is powered by a very powerful quad-core ARM Cortex A9 core processor and will use the SGX543MP4+ GPU. It will sport a 5-inch OLED Multi touch screen and will have a rear touch pad for more controls. The handheld gaming devicewill also have a front and rear camera and will be available in both Wi-Fi only and 3G + Wi-Fi versions.
The PlayStation Vita will have a price tag of £229.99 for the Wi-Fi only and £279.99 for the 3G + Wi-Fi version.