PlayStation Vita out early next year

Sony's PlayStation Vita (image: Sony)

News has emerged that the much-awaited PlayStation Vita hand-held console will only go on sale in Europe, the US and the rest of the Asian territories by early next year.

In the video game industry, South Africa falls under the UK so it can also be expected around that time.

Gamers living in Japan, Hong Kong and Taiwan might just get it in time for Christmas, as Sony executive Kaz Hirai confirmed that those territories will see a released before the end of the year.

As for the gap in release dates, “apparently Hirai did not characterise the timing as a delay. He said Sony wants to be prepared with solid game software offerings timed with the hardware launches,” Eurogamer wrote.

Although there is no details on the price yet, Hirai was quick to add that they won’t lower the price because of the recently slashing of Nintendo 3DS prices.

“We packed so much into the device and made it very affordable,” Hirai said. “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.”

Charlie Fripp – Consumer Tech editor