No PS Vita in the US or Europe until 2012

So much for striking while the iron’s hot...

Joey Davidsonby Joey Davidson

PS Vita

Leading off with a blacksmithing cliché is, honestly, one of the highlights of my editorial day. Of course, hearing the Sony’s well-hyped handheld, the PS Vita, isn’t coming to the United States or Europe until 2012 is probably the highlight of Nintendo’s day.

The Associated Press ran a story this morning that indicated that the PSP’s successor will not make it to full, worldwide release status until after Christmas this year. The PS Vita will only release in Japan during 2011, the rest of the world will see the system later; but, when that is has not been announced.

Sony Corp. Executive Vice President Kazuo Hirai offered up a quote regarding the 3DS’ price drop and the fact that the PS Vita will stay at $250.

"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."

Nintendo’s stumbling right now. Why wouldn’t Sony pull out all the stops to make a worldwide 2011 release happen? Certainly, releasing the system outside of Japan during the biggest buying time of the year would have done wonders to vault the PS Vita past the 3DS. Now, under the new price tag, consumers probably consider the 3DS pretty attractive, especially in light of the fact that the system has no competition from Sony.