Looking to put the PlayStation Vita on your holiday wish list? Don't bother. …unless you want a really belated Christmas present.

Despite several pieces of evidence that have pointed to a holiday 2011 launch for Sony's new portable, Sony Corp. executive vice president Kaz Hirai told the Associated Press that it just won't happen. The unit won't be available in time for Christmas in the US or Europe, although it's still expected to release in Japan this year.

Hirai didn't label this news as a delay, but reaffirmed Sony's desire to come prepared to other regions with "solid game software offerings" for the Vita's launch. He wasn't specific in regards to dates but as for pricing, he was quite decisive: after Nintendo opted to slash the price of its 3DS portable, people wondered if a price cut for the Vita would also come before launch. But Hirai says no way:

"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 Wi-Fi-only version of the Vita will hold a $249 price tag in the US and the more advanced 3G-enabled version will run you $299. For a frame of reference, depending on the Nintendo 3DS version you want, the device will cost between $169 and $249 as of August 12. But the bottom line is that we can't expect the PlayStation Vita this year, so it's time to focus on other things. …like, games.

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Cesar_ser_4
Cesar_ser_4
9 years ago

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO, I wanted my vita this yearrrrrr damn you Microsofttttttttttt


Last edited by Cesar_ser_4 on 8/4/2011 10:49:50 AM

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
9 years ago

I just have to ask…what does Microsoft have to do with this?

Cpt_Geez
Cpt_Geez
9 years ago

I wanted the vita this year too but with all the games coming out in November im cool on it coming out next year. Its way too many games coming out in the 4th quarter.

Cesar_ser_4
Cesar_ser_4
9 years ago

@Mr. Dutka
Nothing, just felt like blaming someone. But hey since you guys are tight with Sony. Maybe you can sneak us some units for a giveaway this year???

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

Blame Canada, that always works…

Beamboom
Beamboom
9 years ago

LOL!!

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

What, no blaming Nintendo this time? 😉

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
9 years ago

Heh…we wouldn't get it too long before retailers. But you never know.

gumbi
gumbi
9 years ago

@Highlander… Hah!

With our beady little eyes, and flapping heads so full of lies!

I swear buddy, it's not our fault eh.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

I'll blame Nintendo… somehow.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

Gumbi,

Indeed, Canada-ians and their foreign ways. I guess I could have been more specific and blamed Quebec but I value my life…

😉

.

.

Note: I AM joking about Canada and Quebec.

Underdog15
Underdog15
9 years ago

We Canadian's don't mind taking blame. We take everything that's awful about America and make it awesome.

No healthcare? Take it to Canada, and ***AWESOMED*** you got health care. Shitty housing market? Take it to Canada, and ***AWESOMED*** you got a solid economy. Got watery beer? take it to Canada and ***AWESOMED*** well… we just know how to drink… and we drink quality… so…. ***AWESOMED*** Having a hard time getting fans out to your NHL game? Phoenix Coyotes "don't buy a ticket night" another HUGE success? Take it to Canada, and ***AWESOMED***. Sarah Palin doin' weird shit down there? Take her to Canada and ***AWESOMED*** we feed her to a polar bear. Tea Party pissing you off? Take it to Tim Hortons and ***AWESOMED*** we'll caffinate some sense into that sh!t in no time.

See? Canada… solving the south's problems since 1867!


Last edited by Underdog15 on 8/4/2011 8:39:12 PM

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

Waiting 6 months to see a specialist is anything but awesome.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

Yeah Jaw, that's tight. My Mother in law agrees completely She hates it and wishes she could go somewhere else…like Canada, she lives in Tennessee and hates having to wait for specialists. Just another of the Joys of TennCare…

Excelsior1
Excelsior1
9 years ago

i think it is a mistake to let nintendo go unchallenged this holiday season in a region where the sony brand has struggled.

GuyverLT
GuyverLT
9 years ago

Not really dude you have to look at all the games coming out for the consoles this holiday season, think about how much money people will be throwing around for games like Uncharted 3, MW3, BF3, BatmanAC, Resistance3, Gears3, Forza4, and more. They're aren't to many people out there that can afford more than two of these games let alone all these games AND then get the PSVita on top of it, some may be able to but most won't, it's just unrealistic to think that can happen. I'd say they did they right thing by waiting until sometime next year when they have a STRONGER line-up of launch titles.


Last edited by GuyverLT on 8/4/2011 11:28:52 AM

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

Debbie Downer Strikes again.

Excelsior1
Excelsior1
9 years ago

that is just great . on a site where 99.9% of the people are mature. we have one person that goes around calling me names everytime i express an opinion. it's totally uncalled for. all i was saying is wish sony had a system to challenge nintendo this holiday season becuase i think nintendo is vulnerable now. i don't see what is so down about that.

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

Why the hell does it matter so much? First place this and first place that…Who CARES?! They are different systems, catering to different markets. Why can't you just gave fun with games instead of worrying about who's in first place all the damn time? It's trivial nonsense. They are both great and successful companies. I wish success for BOTH! You whine about Sony always being behind, as if it's the end all be all if Sony. Give me a break Debbie.

And you wonder why I pick on you?

Excelsior1
Excelsior1
9 years ago

i never said it mattered so much. if i am debbie downer then you are n4g nutcase. please stop picking on me. i am asking nicely as a mature member of psxe. at least stop with the snide disrespectful name calling and stalking please.

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

Not stalking, when you make nonsensical comments on a site where anyone can reply, don't act so surprised, or claim victimhood when you get called out.

Excelsior1
Excelsior1
9 years ago

what's sad is it is one person calling me out, and being disrespectful. you. i asked nicely more than for you stop calling me names and picking on me. you won't so from now on you are n4g nutcase to me.

Temjin001
Temjin001
9 years ago

Little Debbie golden delights are my favorite =p

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

LOL! Me too. They are nice and sweet, unlike bitter and petulant Debbie Downers.

XD

Temjin001
Temjin001
9 years ago

Excelsior, text chat 101,
Don't let personal attacks keep you on the defensive. Choosing to block the jab wastes precious energy. Instead, absorb the remark with a comment that makes lite of the insult then redirect and reposition the debate with a more carefully planned rebuttal 😉
Gotta shift the momentum! Jawknee is winding u on the easy stuff =p

Go get em champ!

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

Well that's easy for you Temji, you actually bring substance. Your comments are a joy to read 99% of the time. Excelsior just whines then plays the victim when I call him out on his whining and it's always the same stuff! It's predictable at this point. Everyone is entitled to their opinion but how many times must we read the same opinion over and over before anyone is allowed to ask if they have anything new to say? Just askin…;)

Internet banter aside, if I really wanted to insult him or hurt his feelings there is a lot worse things that could be said than Debbie Downer. Hell, my friends and I give one another a much harder time when we disagree. I'm playing softball right now.

Beamboom
Beamboom
9 years ago

Why do you behave like that, Jawk? He's clearly uncomfortable with your disrespectful behaviour. Why not just stop when you see that. What do you gain from keep going like this? You want to see tears? Would that be a victory to you?

Do you think that you entertain the rest of us? Is that what motivates you? Do you think you add something valuable to this comment field? Do you think we should all behave like you do? Is this how you would prefer to be treated?

Or do you just not care? Thinking it aint your problem anyways, noone is treating you bad so why should you care how he feel?
After all, he's not… You?


Last edited by Beamboom on 8/4/2011 2:39:11 PM

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

Oh coming from you, that is grand. LOL!

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

Politics! – More comfortable than this.

SayWord
SayWord
9 years ago

Lmao! Jawknee your the best man. Who gets offended by being called a debbie downer? Hahah

Temjin001
Temjin001
9 years ago

Thanks, Jawk 😉

Beamboom, While I think much of what you said has significance, I don't think PSXe is necessarily a Kinder Care where we all gotta be pampered and stuff. We're dudes who spend time here because we like playing games. I don't think this casual talk should be taken too seriously. Which includes, and Is not limited to, calling someone Debbie Downer =)

Claire C
Claire C
9 years ago

I use to know a girl named Debbie…

…I wouldn't necessarily call her a downer

=>.>=

Killa Tequilla
Killa Tequilla
9 years ago

Jawk & I had some great times back in my early PSX days…

Ahhh good times, good times.

Beamboom
Beamboom
9 years ago

@Temjin, no we are no kinder care but there wasn't much that was adult about that behaviour.
When someone so *clearly* express uncomfort, regardless of it being reasonable or not, then I'd call it normal adult behaviour to stop and not just go on and on and on! Why behave like that? What's wrong with showing some empathy?


Last edited by Beamboom on 8/5/2011 6:20:00 AM

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

Ah Ben, you must have got the press release from Sony or something. I saw this coming up on the news trackers and just emailed yo a tip on this.

Well, sad news for anyone waiting to buy this thing. I wanted it before 2012!

Reading between the lines, does it sound to you like they are dela…er…timing the launch to ensure that the launch games are ready?


Last edited by TheHighlander on 8/4/2011 11:24:38 AM

Cesar_ser_4
Cesar_ser_4
9 years ago

Yeah me too, I just didn't want to believe it… but I'd much rather have the certainty that I will get it next year than to have a "limited launch" this year.

Excelsior1
Excelsior1
9 years ago

sounds like a delay to me despite what they are saying. now the 3ds can benefit with a price cut, and going unchallenged this holiday season. it's a shame too becuase i sensed nintendo was vulnerable. this just gives them more time to bolster the 3ds lineup. nintendo is thrilled to hear this.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

Excelsior, just like the PSP and DS, or the PS3 and the Wii, I don't believe that the 3Ds and PS Vita are aimed at the same markets. There is some overlap for sure, but the devices are really aimed at complimentary rather than competing markets and demographics.

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

How is this a delay when they never announced an official release date to begin with Debbie D.?

Excelsior1
Excelsior1
9 years ago

@highlander

that may be trure, but i thought sony had a real oppurtunity to cut into nintendo's marketshare here. the 3ds has struggled. maybe, some of the gamers that were not very excited by 3ds at first would have considerd a vita. the devices are both handheld gaming machines so i do consider them direct competitiors even though nintendo targets a younger demographic. i do not think the ps3 and wii analogy is valid since the controls on those machines were so different. nintendo really created it's own market there. so yeah ps3 and wii not really direct competitors. i think the 3ds and vita are even if nintendo tends to get the younger demographic.

Excelsior1
Excelsior1
9 years ago

@jawk

stop it with the stupid name calling and grow up. notice that highlander implied delay there too. i never said delay. i said it sounds like one.


Last edited by Excelsior1 on 8/4/2011 12:02:09 PM

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

Relax Debbie. Sony never said it was coming out this year, doesn't "sound" like a delay at all. That's just your Negative Nancy kicking in. Breathe, the sun will rise tomorrow, Sony will sell more PS3's and the Vita will be out next year. Calm the Debbie Downer inside your heart. All is well. 😉

Excelsior1
Excelsior1
9 years ago

stop calling me debbie. it is immature and uncalled for. calm the snide immature name calling in your heart and grow the hell up. what a bunch of childish comments that are better suited for n4g forums than the psxe community. i've got some insanse stalker following me around calling me names. no one else does that here.


Last edited by Excelsior1 on 8/4/2011 12:18:34 PM

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

Excelsior,

That opportunity still exists, the 3DS as a product hasn't changed because of it's price drop. There maybe more games available (for 3DS when Vita launches), but the product hasn't been a roaring success. Even if it's sales begin to recover with the price cut, that's driven by the price cut and not the product at this stage in it's life.

The key things for Vita were/are price and software. Vita has a very good price – especially when considering what you get for your money. This finalization of the launch to early 2012 in NA and EU appears to me to allow the line up of games to solidify too, so at launch vita will have both of the things it needs to succeed – a good price, and good software.

The placing of the Vita in early 2012 in NA and EU does two other things of note. First of all, there's no way we will see a PS4 during 2012 unless it's a really early prototype with no chance of launch until 2013 a the earliest. 2012 belongs to Vita. Secondly, I honestly don't think that Sony will cut the price of the PS3 to $249 or less until Vita has launched and had at very least a full quarter. If they did, it would clearly invite unfavorable price comparisons between PS3 and Vita, which I am certain Sony does not want.

I think we'll see the Vita drop in early 2012 at $2490, and then at E3, the Vita will drop to $199.99 and $249.99 (3G version), and the PS3 will drop to $249.99 then. At least that's my expectation because I don't think that anyone seriously wants to have a mobile console selling for the same as the full home console, and even though Sony were expected to drop their price this year to $249.99, they may hold back until E3, and in the meantime rely on increased bundling to maintain the SKU price while offering greater value.

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

LOL!

Excelsior1
Excelsior1
9 years ago

please note that highlander gives an intelligent response well suited for the psxe communtity. jawk just does a bunch of childish name calling. he must be a n4g member. i guess i could retrurn the favor and call him n4g nut, but that would not be represtentive of the psxe community.
if i am debbie then jawk is n4g nutcase.


Last edited by Excelsior1 on 8/4/2011 12:40:43 PM

Claire C
Claire C
9 years ago

The more attention you give, the more they do. I'm only sayin. :O

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
9 years ago

No press release but I caught the AP article.

Thanks, though.

Eld
Eld
9 years ago

I wonder, could this make it easier for MS to plan new xbox launch?

Excelsior1
Excelsior1
9 years ago

@claire

it's not they. it is one n4g nutcase following me around. i have had enough of it. debbie downer sounds like something from a charlie brown episode. it is clidish and very disrespecetful.