PlayStation Vita launching in NA February 28?

Sony's blog said to slip word on US release date for upcoming handheld, but supporting evidence is sorely lacking.

Source: Gaming blog Just Push Start.

What we heard: At last week's Tokyo Game Show, Sony Computer Entertainment confirmed a December 17 release date for the PlayStation Vita in Japan. The system's North American release date may have arrived in a decidedly less high-profile manner today.

Yes, the PS Vita is due in early 2012. No, the PS Vita hasn't been locked in for February 28.

Just Push Start's report indicates the PS Vita will be available in the US on February 28. The information reportedly comes from a PlayStation Blog post that was apparently set live for a few minutes before being pulled.

Unfortunately, JPS doesn't provide much by way of compelling evidence to support its report. The site notes that it "didn't get a chance to take a screen capture of the article," as Sony pulled the post "with their quick reflexes." Also noteworthy, the purported post failed to surface in any RSS feeds for the PlayStation Blog and a telltale Google cache of the page is nonexistent.

Weirdly, in its report of the incident that cites JPS, the news section of UK retailer Shop To claims to have secured the text of Sony's errant post. On top of being unclear where Shop To found the text, its veracity can be further called into question due to its smattering of typos and clumsy verbiage.

"Dear Playstation Nation, It is my pleasure to announce that PS Vita will be launching in North America on February 28, 2012," the post reportedly states. "As it was announced during E3, PS Vita will in two different models: Wifi Only for $249.99 and Wifi+3G for $299.99. This portable powerhouse will take you beyond your imaginations and put you in the ultimate hand held experience."

The official story: Sony was uncharacteristically quick to swat this one away as mere rumor. "We have yet to announce the date for Vita in the US or Europe. Any other suggestions are typical speculation and rumors," a representative told GameSpot.

Bogus or not bogus: Yes, Sony does expect to launch the PS Vita in North America in early 2012. And though the time frame here fits, this report is looking almost certainly bogus.

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Wormkid_64
Wormkid_64

As I've said before,I have a 3DS that I like a lot,but I've got my eye on you,Vita...... @Oldboy08 Were you trying to say "suck-uhs" or..........o.0

EPaul
EPaul

Off by six days not bad

Oldboy08
Oldboy08

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Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

Knowing my luck Playstation Vita will launch Dec 17th 2012. Sony says early 2012. But I am patient So by the time PSvita does launch here there will be lots of games. Sony and crew have the time to get the key PSvita titles ready.

blackace
blackace

2shadowhunter0 said: @blackace yes it is you can play digital games on it and they are working a way so you can play umd games on it has well. *********************************************************** Well, I look foward to the UMD attachment for the PSVita. Or at least vouchers that lets us download our older UMD games.

SDickerson26
SDickerson26

I pre-ordered the PS Vita, and I received an email directly from Sony saying that my order has been delayed until the 15th of February...leading me to believe that the 15th of February is the release date. This is totally unofficial, but it sounds on-par.

Cartr1dgeBased
Cartr1dgeBased

just push start has already updated their blog saying it's a fake.

monson21502
monson21502

great timing alot of extra cash out at that time of year... but i think ied rather wait for wii u for about the same price....

Yajarobi
Yajarobi

@atopp399 omg hilarious lol

metalkitten
metalkitten

there is no reason to release a console when they probably dont have any games translated yet - they dont wanna make the usual mistake all consoles do and release it with barely no games and i dunno why this article was even put up since its totally bogus

itchyflop
itchyflop

why don't they release it December world wide ready for Xmas and make a fortune ?????

anwar1998
anwar1998

to me,i just hope it will be released... :P

otanikun
otanikun

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Jessica_M_C
Jessica_M_C

@FusionRain Not really. I actualy do have a PSPgo, and used MediaGo, and nearly all UMD titles made prior to the PSPgo launch do not have a corresponding PSN download version. (and import only titles such as Project Diva 2nd and GundamvsGundam Next+ are outright unavailable due to Sony region locking the PSN) Even many games made after the PSPgo was released didn't have PSN versions (KH Birth by Sleep, for example) The UMD attachment or voucher program or whatever Sony promised to give UMD owners was broken, as they could not convince game developers and themselves to convert UMD versions and upload them onto the PSN. Many also, claimed they did not want a digital version fearing greater piracy, which is a joke, and also that (in the case of Square-Enix for example) the DRM was so severe that it would make a digital version imposable. Another lol to that. ISOs anyone?

jhpeter
jhpeter

i will get one after the earlie price cut like 3DS, Uncharted is the only title that worth, it s not enough .

jhpeter
jhpeter

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berto64
berto64

make it February 7th and it will sell well and it will be the day after my birthday:D but most importantly we can have everyone ready to play it;)

rarson
rarson

Sony is not releasing it sooner because they don't have enough volume to do so. Duh. I have no idea why you guys keep asking about that. Welcome to the world of video games. Expect delays.

FusionRain
FusionRain

@Jessica_M_C Well not really, they said their would be someway of getting your UMD's onto that PS Media Go thing and get the titles from there. I don't know the process of it, or if it even works but I know there is allot of PSP titles for download.

mederic1985
mederic1985

I really can't figure out why Sony doesn't release it worldwide for X-mas,they would have sold so many units....I just don't get it...

gzg9jg
gzg9jg

No, 'cuz it'll come with a strap!!!

atopp399
atopp399

Will Sony give me a new Vita when I hold it the way it is shown in the picture above and it falls from my hand?

nevershoutnevea
nevershoutnevea

i cant wait for it..i hope it release on xmas ..it will be a good gift for me

Toplinkar
Toplinkar

They should release in Januray 1st. That is early 2012 and I can't wait anymore.

franzito
franzito

Whatever... I just deal with facts!

Hellavation
Hellavation

I don't know why Sony won't just give us a date already... And this publicity stunt by Sony feels like something I would read on TMZ WTF!

shadowhunter0
shadowhunter0

I think it should be release world wide on Dec. 18 or at least in the US also

quicksilver_03
quicksilver_03

Well I see this coming, but there's a solution: Why not buy PS Vita in Japan this December? Isn't that there's an English language mode set-up to choose? And they claim all games will be region free, so there you have it that is if you can't wait for NA release date.

Jessica_M_C
Jessica_M_C

@shadowhunter0 My PSPgo has UMD support too. Sony promised. Oh wait...

SadPSPAddict
SadPSPAddict

I'm expecting a Feb/March launch based on the Japanese launch date. Just wish they'd make an announcement so I can plan my finances!

shadowhunter0
shadowhunter0

@blackace yes it is you can play digital games on it and they are working a way so you can play umd games on it has well and you will still have you psp to play them on

blackace
blackace

I could wait another year or more for the PSVita. I'm in no rush. I've still have lots of PSP games to play and the PSVita isn't backwards compatible. I'll get one eventually, but definitely not anytime soon.

axl-kaiba-1991
axl-kaiba-1991

there is no way i am gonna wait that much!!!!!!.........2 months after japan?!!...and 5 months from now?!!!......Y??!!!!.....hope this is only just a trick or wrong info!.....

Santesyu
Santesyu

Most def getting this, I see big things when this game launch.

zzamaro
zzamaro

Whatever the date is, I will not be there to get it.

McBoogerballz
McBoogerballz

if it doesn't get launched on Jan 2012, I am just gonna import one with a braindead game that doesn't take extensive Japanese skill..Dynasty Warrior and etc

atopp399
atopp399

That's a long time to have to save some Christmas money... I have a feeling if they tried to release it before Christmas there would be way too large of shortage and way too few games ready. They need to not repeat the launch the 3DS had as far as games are concerned. It is too bad they are going to be launching at a time of year when people are recovering from Christmas spending. I have a feeling sales are going to reflect that. I would guess a lot of tax returns will go toward this a few months later though.

Pete5506
Pete5506

True or not, I can't wait to get one

FusionRain
FusionRain

@shadowhunter0 I here ya there man. If there is no hard evidence then it's false. Most of the time I look for the source. Too many times have I tracked down rumors to a link that was down or the website was stating "thoughts" or even rumors themselves. Some people will say anything for a story. Also Sony has stated many times that they will let people know when they know themselves. I don't think there will be an event or anything. It should just be a interview and a post on the PS Blog. I think they might just be confirming all the launch lineup for US and Europe and getting ready for Japan's release.

digitaltiger
digitaltiger

I am surprised Sony isn't releasing the Vita in NA and Europe in time to cash in on the Christmas season sales. February does seem like a bad time since many people will still be recouping from Christmas. It doesn't take a degree in business to know this, I work in retail and January and February are always very slow. If Sony was smart they would of released the Vita around the first of December, although maybe the tsunami caused the Vita to be delayed.

Spacerac
Spacerac

For what I believe is a fact, it won't any later than March. I wish it woul be January, though. Btw they're smart not to release it here near Christmas, what with the deluge of high profile games across all the systems.

JohnF111
JohnF111

I was hoping for January but i don't mind i'm broke anyway. @Spartan_418 Launching in Feb instead of April means more time on the shelf, no point letting the supplies sit in a warehouse until the next holiday season.

dre256x
dre256x

Feb 28 or Late Jan, and i'm all smiles. That would give me time to finish these upcoming ''Triple A'' games and trade in some towards it, lol...

shadowhunter0
shadowhunter0

@FusionRain yeah same here I don't believe in rumors like that one false rumor that allot of people believed it that Sony cut the ram in half and I just had a feeling that it wasn't true and I even found evidence that it wasn't but some people believed in it so much they simply overlooked it hell this guy keep on saying it was fact but yet kept on giving links that said it was a rumor and I still thinks he believes it even though Sony themselves have stated it that it was false