PlayStation Vita arriving October 28 in UK?

Advertisement from Blockbuster's European arm indicates Sony's new portable arriving in region close to Halloween.

Source: A Blockbuster UK flier obtained by gaming website IGN.

What we heard: Sony has maintained since E3 2011 that it would begin its phased release of the PlayStation Vita beginning this fall. Last week, a press release from 505 Games seemingly confirmed that the portable would arrive in the US this year. Now, a new retailer advertisement from Blockbuster's UK arm indicates that Europe will get the PS Vita this year as well.

Blockbuster believes the Vita is arriving in October.

An advertisement obtained by IGN from the Dish Network-owned rental company Blockbuster says the Wi-Fi-only version of the PS Vita and the 3G-capable version will ship on October 28. Though the flier appears authentic, Blockbuster's official UK website does not have a release date pegged for the system.

When the PS Vita does launch, it will be released in a troubled time for portable gaming devices. Just last week Nintendo announced its plan to slash the 3DS's price by one-third from $250 to $170 beginning on August 12 following disappointing launch sales of the device.

Additionally, Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli thinks the PS Vita perhaps will struggle when it does launch. Last month he said, "The Vita is an absolutely fantastic platform, but it will have a hard time, and it might be too late."

The official word: A Sony representative told GameSpot, "We don't comment on rumors or speculation."

Bogus or not bogus: Looking not bogus that the PS Vita will launch this fall. However, given the above speculation and that another European retailer says the PS Vita will ship in November, it's hard to say when exactly the system will arrive.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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Santesyu
Santesyu

bring it baby, bring this home to pappa!

jhpeter
jhpeter

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jhpeter
jhpeter

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coruscant
coruscant

I'm buying the Vita, my first handheld since the GBA, no matter what the price. I hope it arrives here in the UK this year, I can't wait to get my hands on it!

Grim_Reaper007
Grim_Reaper007

@EVIL346 HELL YEAH CAPS LOCK! IT'S LIKE SHOUTING... ON THE INTERNET

Bog101
Bog101

@VERTIGO47 Dont get me wrong i break out the gameboy sp every now and then but the iPhone 4 is just such a killer device. I couldnt live without mine

coolguyhero
coolguyhero

hmm battery issue? according to various game websites sources the battery life will be 6 to 7 hours and for playing this an portable device ,it is used when u go outside or waiting somewhere or when u r traveling u cant keep ps3 with u secondly about the games when unchantred released u played also 2 and now 3 also then why will u not play on vita if it is an new story dont forget there are many new new franchise also coming bioshock vita,cod vita etc.

Mik_b
Mik_b

Yes Sony Yes, the sooner the better just make sure uncharted and MNR are there at launch and I'll be happy.

maxordw
maxordw

is the vita region locked?

phoenix729
phoenix729

@shadowhunter0 Well, obviously. I loved MHFU but gamespot thought it was mediocre (6.5), everyones opinion is different. But did anyone think wipeout pure was a stunning masterpiece? Or modnation racers? Maybe the do, maybe I'm wrong but thats not the impression i get

pizzamuncher
pizzamuncher

@CorruptGamerGX Okay, sorry, maybe I jumped the gun there. But still, some of those don't even show up when you search Playstation Vita on Gamespot. So its not exactly common knowledge. Regardless, hopefully most of those are launch titles.

shadowhunter0
shadowhunter0

@phoenix729 just because you think those games are mediocre doesn't mean everyone will think that

phoenix729
phoenix729

@burgeg I don't mean mediocre in the true sense of the word, they won't be bad but they aren't going to be stunning either. Like the 3DS launch titles, there were good games in there but without a stellar title beside them, they just look....mediocre. All three titles you mentioned already appear on the psp and they're just very ordinary, perfectly playable but don't leave a lasting impression. I loved 2097 but when I played pure on the psp it didn't light my fire in the same way. Gravity looks cool, a bit too japan-y for my liking though. Did you notice in the first gameplay trailer that she is standing on the wall but her hair and scarf are still attracted to the ground, whats going on there?!

SadPSPAddict
SadPSPAddict

@EVIL346 - I'm glad you can see into the future and save me some money. However for people who travel a lot and spend night after night in hotels clearly a new, more powerful handheld would be a good thing!!!!!

shadowhunter0
shadowhunter0

@phoenix729 first off both uncharted and LBP aren't going to be ramakes they are entirely new games and second with the vita you can play those games on the go plus there are tons of more great games announce for it I just don't want to list them because I sure somebody already has and I can't wait to play ruin on both the ps3 and vita

EVIL346
EVIL346

WHAT A WASTE OF MONEY IT WILL PROBABLY END UP LIKE MY PSP ENDED UP IN A DRAWER DOING NOTHING WHO WANTS TO PLAY A DEVICE SO SMALL WHEN YOU CAN PLAY ON YOUR PS3 AT HOME ON A BIG SCREEN. THEN ITS THE BATTERY ISSUE IT WON'T LAST SO CARRY YOUR CHARGER WITH IT ALL THE TIME WHAT TYPE OF PORTABLE DEVICE IS THIS WHEN YOU NEED THE CHARGER WITH YOU OR 4 PACKS OF BATTERIES TO KEEP PLAYING

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

Well the UK people are lucky if October 28th is their launch date. Here we are supposed to get PSvita on November 4th 2011. Lucky UK people.

burgeg
burgeg

@phoenix729 - Did you honestly just call Littlebigplanet, Modnation Racers and Wipeout mediocre? Really? If anything, Uncharted is the least appealing of the games I just mentioned imo. But hey maybe those games aren't your thing I guess. Still, whether you like those games personally or not, it's a bit ridiculous to call those games mediocre. Personally I'm most interested in the other game I mentioned. The fantastic new ip called Gravity. Check out the gameplay on youtube. Looks really cool and original. I won't say it's a guaranteed stellar launch title like the others I mentioned because those other games are proven franchises, but if the gameplay so far is any indication it's going to be the sleeper hit of the launch lineup.

powerkiller
powerkiller

meh I'll get this years later because it doesn't have backwards compatibility with UMDs

phoenix729
phoenix729

@grbolivar Its also, worryingly, more expensive then a ps3 @burgeg Really only uncharted is going to be bringing in the crowds. The others are faily mediocre titles, similiar to most of the 3DS launch titls (in quality, not content). However, one game is better then no games! And that screen is going to be unbelievable, just thinking about MH on it is a glorious prospect

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

Clever stuff... Just in time to make all the little kiddies want one for christmas cus their friends have one. I'll be waiting until next year unfortunately, got to save my money for November. Expensive month!!

burgeg
burgeg

@zaiwen - You're obviously confusing the Vita with the 3DS. You see, the Vita already has loads of great games coming on launch, and the once that aren't launch titles are in the launch window. Gravity, Uncharted Golden Abyss, Wipeout, Littebigplanet, Modnation Racers to name just a few of the surely amazing ones. Just because the 3DS had such an awful launch lineup doesn't mean the Vita will do the same. Nobody is going to complain about the lack of games for Vita at launch because *gasp* it actually does have games worth playing at launch!

gamerasi
gamerasi

I hope this news is true

Arch-l
Arch-l

uk i check gamestop out and their computers say 31 of dec... for us

cameio
cameio

Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli AND 3DS can go to HELL i want my PS Vita this year PLEASE SONY T_T

McBoogerballz
McBoogerballz

@CorruptGamerGX dragons crown you say??????? you only need one name

CorruptGamerGX
CorruptGamerGX

@pizzamuncher Your point? I can play Zelda: Ocarina of Time and Star Fox 64 on Wii for 1/4th the price. Announced titles for Vita are Uncharted: Golden Abyss, LittleBigPlanet, Sound Shapes, Gravity Daze, Little Deviants, Ruin, Reality Fighters, Broken, ModNation Racers, WipEout 2048, Dragon's Crown, Hot Shots Golf, Super Stardust Delta and I can keep going on. Stop living under a rock.

pizzamuncher
pizzamuncher

@shadowhunter0 I didn't know there were games announced for PSV. Except LBP and Uncharted. Both of which I can play on PS3.

zaiwen
zaiwen

All u day1 purchasers will end up whining "gimme more good games, there's not worth playin in the launch lineup" ... U want a launch vita? Go ahead be my guest, just dont cry here on GS like a sissy complainin the vita wont have decent games at launch

HaloPimp978
HaloPimp978

Day one purchase, my guess the release worldwide is between October and November.

FusionRain
FusionRain

I thought the Vita has a world wide release.

foxfacer2d2
foxfacer2d2

Im getting a ps3, pspvita and 3ds. wow it is a gaming marathon

shadowhunter0
shadowhunter0

@phoenix729 unlike the 3ds the vita doesn't suck or have crappy games in which allot of them are remake the vita has great games announce for it and it is ps3 on the go well worth that price and but is this way you can play a with ps3 graphics anywhere you want

grbolivar
grbolivar

@phoenix729 Do you realize this thing is more like a portable PS3? The price tag is very generous to be honest... gosh!

PumpkinBoogie
PumpkinBoogie

Man, oh man, do I only wish that would be the release date (as that would be my b-day, baby!! lol). Of course, I don't live in the UK so that would kinda blow, though....:( (...hmm, unless I import it)

soulless4now
soulless4now

I'm guessing the NA release will either before it or behind.

PeterDuck
PeterDuck

oookay, what about the games that are supposed to come out? do they come out in December?

phoenix729
phoenix729

If nintendo can't shift a £180 handheld, sony are in serious trouble when they try to sell a £280 handheld! Seriously, that's a riduculous asking price. The handheld gaming market really is in trouble though, for that price I could buy a top end smart phone and play games at a fraction of the price. At least nintendo have some fairly dependable sellers (mario, zelda etc) that have wide appeal and, crucially, you won't find anywhere else. Sony really only caters to the harcore market, the kind of people not really into handheld gaming in my experience. For comparison, when the Vita launches it will sell at $460 compared to $195 for the 3DS (UK prices converted). You have to be a serious Sony nut to think thats a good deal.

phoenix729
phoenix729

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monson21502
monson21502

i cant wait to buy ps vita. 250 bucks is a great price for a hand held from sony. im gonna trade in my 360 slim and ps3 slim so i can get it cheaper. then i can play games anywhere in my house instead of on my 40` hdtv

Toplinkar
Toplinkar

@endorbr full gaming experiences like Angry birds. LOL, u made my day! XD Agreed, tablets, smartphones, vita and 3DS are all different beasts, I hope all of them do well. Gamers win in that scenario. XD

shadowhunter0
shadowhunter0

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endorbr
endorbr

For the love of... Stop comparing the 3DS and the Vita. The only thing they have in common is that they are both handhelds. They aren't even really targeted at the same market. And tablet PCs and smartphones are not true competition for the Vita either. You don't buy tablet PCs or smartphones to play games. You play games on them but who would honestly buy one thinking: "This thing is gonna be awesome for games?" And trying to compare the "full" gaming experience *sarcasm* of such great titles as Angry Birds and Bejeweled to something like Uncharted: Golden Abyss... really.

Crossel777
Crossel777

Sorry but, the 3DS doesn't stand a chance against the Vita.