PS Vita Won’t Release This Year in US or Europe, No Price Cut

We’ve all been watching to see if the new PlayStation Vita would make it to stores this year anywhere outside of Japan. We had a report that it would hit Europe in October and we saw retailers list a release date for the handheld, but the Associated Press is reporting that Vita won’t release outside of Japan until next year.

Kazuo Hirai, Executive Vice President of Sony Corp, told reporters this morning in Tokyo that the handheld would launch in Japan by the end of the year, but it would not reach the US or Europe until early next year. Obviously, this isn’t a huge surprise, as no release date was ever set by Sony, and we expected delays after the massive earthquake that rocked Japan earlier this year.

Hirai also addressed the question of whether Sony would cut the price of the Vita in response to Nintendo’s recent 3DS price drop. Hirai said,

We packed so much into the device and made it very affordable. 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.

The Vita is apparently set to launch in 2012, although Hirai didn’t give any sort of date yet. As far as pricing goes, you can grab the WiFi only version at $249 and the WiFi/3G version at $299.

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