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PlayStation Vita hitting the US on New Year’s Eve?

We have already brought you the news that the battery life on the upcoming PS Vita would be a bit disappointing, but we then told you about the external battery that will be available for the console. The device has been given a release date of December 17th for gamers in Japan, but the rest of the world has been left wondering when it will be available. Now we have news that the PlayStation Vita could be hitting the US on New Year’s Eve.

Online retailer Amazon are listing the device to be available for December 31st, which is nothing new as we have reported this before back in June. But the difference is now that according to The Washington Post, GameStop are also listing the device for the same date. Sony originally said the Vita would be available in time for Christmas this year, now this only seems the case for Japanese consumers.

Last August Sony’s computer entertainment head, Kazuo Hirai, said the worldwide launch of the PlayStation Vita would start at the beginning of 2012. The dates listed are almost 2012 give or take a minute. Sony will be hoping the device proves to be a success unlike the much maligned Nintendo 3DS.

The new handheld console will be using proprietary memory cards that start at $25 for 4GB, or around $100 for 32GB. US gamers will have to pay $249 for the Wi-Fi version, or if it’s 3G you want it will cost $299. Sony has already announced they will partner with AT&T for 3G coverage in the country.

You would have thought Sony would have wanted the PlayStation Vita available worldwide in time for the busy holiday season. The device will be on many people’s Christmas wish lists, so they will just have to make do with an I owe you. Even though it may not reach the majority of gamers until 2012, the Vita is likely to do well.

Are you disappointed the Vita won’t be available before Christmas?

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Written by Gary Johnson

Gary has a background in engineering and passion for motorcycles, gadgets, and home cinema. In his early years, his obsession for Hi-Fi technology would see him creating the perfect setup with a good ear for sound quality. While Gary is keen to write about most topics that PR covers, his love for phones finds him reporting a lot of news about applications for iPhone, Android, and other popular operating systems

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