Sony's Kaz Hirai has announced that while Sony's new mobile platform, PlayStation Vita, will be released in Japan by the end of the year, it won't make it for the holiday season in Europe and the United States, but will instead be released early next year. A bummer to all who expected to find the PSP's successor under a Christmas tree.

Hirai also said that despite the poor sales and price cut of the competing Nintendo 3DS, PSP Vita will retain the planned $250 price for the Wi-Fi version and $300 for the 3G version. He stated:

"There is no need to lower the price just because somebody else who happens to be in the video game business decided that they were going to lower their price"

Sure, Sony is a Japanese company, but given their international scope, wouldn't it be nice if they did launch it at the same time around the world?

Source: Hollywood Reporter

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