It saddens us to have to tell you this, but you won't be playing a PS Vita by this holiday season after all, unless you live in Japan. Sony's officially delaying the PS Vita until early 2012 in the U.S. and Europe in order to provide a steady flow of solid game titles to accompany the western launches.
Sony's Executive Deputy President Kazuo "Riiiidgeeee Raaaacer" Hirai, broke the news earlier this morning and needless to say, we feel like we've been strung along with the "oh no, it's still on track for a holiday 2011 launch" statement by Sony's big wigs for the last few months.
Hirai also said Sony has no plans to slash its $250 (Wi-Fi model) price to match Nintendo's recent 3DS price cut strategy when the quad-core, dual-analog, touchscreen and rear touch pad device with the impressive five-inch OLED display launches next year. Hirai deflected questions on pricing the Vita to match the 3DS by simply reminding the media that the PS Vita packs a lot of features that gamers have demanded in a portable handheld.
While we're still recovering from the shock that we won't actually get to own one of these by Christmas time this year, we think Sony's making the right move. It just needs to look at the abysmal games available at the 3DS's launch and not do what Nintendo did.
We'll take the PS Vita launching a few months later than expected with some stellar games like Uncharted: Golden Abyss and Resistance over ponying up for the system, and letting it collect dust for a few months after the first "oohs" and "ahhs" have passed. Although the PS Vita is basically an multimedia machine, it's foremost feature is gaming.
If the PS3 has taught Sony anything, it's that, great games move lots of systems. So long as Sony makes the delay worth the wait, western gamers will come around.