It's a tried-and-true way of getting attention: pretend you have a leaked date for something big.

Therefore, we urge you to take this with a grain of salt. But according to an "inside source," the highly anticipated PlayStation Vita will release earlier than expected in North America: January 12 .

The video below doesn't prove that date; it's just a slick, in-depth ad for Sony's new handheld, but it's worth discussing if you haven't seen it. As for the date, it's a Thursday and it's only about a month after the unit hits store shelves in Japan. We suppose it's possible, but probable? Maybe not.