If you had been expecting the highly anticipated PlayStation Vita or ‘PSP2′ as it’s more commonly known to drop at sometime this year in the US and Europe, you’re going to be in for a shock. We now know that this won’t be happening, as Sony has confirmed that only Japan will see a release in 2011.
We say you may be shocked, but actually Sony never seemed that confident on a 2011 western release in the first place. That doesn’t rule out the possibility of owning a Vita in the US or UK in 2011 though, as you could always take out the import option.
For those of you who are eager to be one of the first to own a Vita at whatever cost, you can import your Vita to Europe or the US from Japan although prices are obviously going to be much higher than Sony’s confirmed prices for the WiFi and 3G models. Prices right now are locked down at 24,980 Yen and 29,980 Yen for the WiFi and WiFi+3G versions, compared to the US prices which are $249 and $299 respectively.
Sony has already confirmed that the PlayStation Vita will be region free, meaning that you can play software titles from any country, although those wishing to import may be met with titles that only have Japanese as a primary language, so it’s a risky step for sure. On the plus side, the PlayStation Vita is capable of a lot more than just games, so those importing will have the first opportunity to use some of the other features on the system, such as the touchscreen-based LiveArea User Interface, the social media integration, getting to grips with cameras on the device, and of course checking out the included web browser.
As a die-hard PSP fan, are you tempted to pay higher than usual to import the PlayStation Vita so you have it before everyone else? Signs are pointing towards a March release for the US and UK, so it may be more worthwhile for gamers to just stick it out a few more months.