Hope you’re ready to settle in and wait a while before getting your hands on Sony‘s successor to the PSP, because it ain’t arriving until next year. Christmas this year will be conspicuously “next-gen handheld” free, despite earlier statements from Sony that the PSV would be on sale this holiday season. Except in Japan.
A report from Bloomberg states that for unknown reasons, Sony’s plan for the PS Vita launch has changed. This December, Japan will be the first to get the new handheld gaming console, but Europe and North America must wait until an unspecified date in 2012. Sony must have a really good reason — perhaps a hardware component manufacturer’s inability to meet demand — to miss out on all those holiday sales.
The PS Vita is planned for a $249 price point, offering significant advances over the PSP, including both a touchscreen and rear touch controls, dual analog sticks, built-in wifi and 3G, souped-up hardware specs, and a brand new game storage medium. The device was one of a few new devices heralded at this year’s E3 for its innovations and advances in the handheld market.