Amazon got some people going today, didn't they?
Sales for the PlayStation Vita started strong in Japan but have since slid, and skeptics were already worried that bad things were in store for Sony's advanced new portable.
It didn't help when IGN realized that under Product Details for the Vita 3G model at Amazon, there was the startling "Discontinued by manufacturer" information. That incited a torrent of doomsday headlines, as you might expect. But it wasn't long before a Sony representative contacted IGN and said that despite what Amazon may think, the 3G version of the Vita has not been canceled in North America. Said the rep:
"It's not true. We'll look into this now and ask our team to connect with Amazon."
It's things like this that concern people. We have no reason to believe that Sony would discontinue one of the Vita models before the US launch even arrives, but who knows? Maybe Amazon thought they knew something…maybe they heard something… Well, whatever. For now, nothing has changed; the Vita release in February goes on as scheduled, for both the Wi-Fi-only and 3G models.