Sony has announced that the PlayStation Vita release will miss the 2011 holiday season in the UK and the US, with the new handheld gaming console arriving “early next year.” According to Kazuo Hirai, Sony Corporation’s executive vice president, the new handheld will only be launched in Japan in time for the Christmas season, to be followed by the rest of the world in early 2012.
It was reported that Sony’s upcoming PlayStation Vita will be released in the UK on October 28th, but Hirai said that the company doesn’t see it as a delay. Sony will use the time to be prepare solid game titles for the device’s launch.
While the PS Vita still doesn’t have a specific release date, Hirai was firm on Sony’s stance regarding its price. “We packed so much into the device and made it very affordable,” he told reporters in Tokyo. “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,” denying Nintendo’s 3DS price cut had any impact on the company’s pricing for the Vita.
Yesterday, the PS Vita was spotted passing through the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which led to talks that the device might be released in autumn.