Well, this is just plain confusing. Just days after it was confirmed that the Vita has passed through FCC testing, comes news that it will miss a Christmas release in the US and Europe regions.
Bloomberg reports Sony chairman Kaz Hirai as saying that the Vita would launch only in Japan by the end of the year.
Given the fact that it’s main competitor, the 3DS has dropped in price by $80, and with Smartphones beginning to rule portable gaming, it is imperative that Sony puts it’s act together, and launches the system in as many areas as soon as possible. The fall/Christmas period is an especially important period for sales.
The news of this delay thus makes no sense – unless Sony is aiming to further refine the product and try to reduce costs.
Any other thoughts?