PS Vita release date outed? - UK Retail Radar

Shopto.net offers PlayStation Vita preorders for release on November 4; Sony denies releasing any information to retailers.

Two weeks ago, Sony confirmed that the next-generation PlayStation Portable was to be called the PlayStation Vita and that it would "successively launch in [the] global market starting [at] the end of 2011." While Sony did not confirm which region (or regions) would see the handheld this year, UK retailer Shopto.net seems to be betting Europe is among them.

Shopto.net showing a November 4 release date for the PS Vita.

It has posted a release date of November 4, as shown in inset screenshot and has claimed that that date is "from Sony," rather than simply a placeholder. Responding to this claim, Sony told GameSpot UK that "no one has communicated any release dates to retail partners. That date is not official as we [Sony Computer Entertainment UK] haven't announced anything yet."

Shopto has, however, also listed a rather unlikely looking range of Vita launch titles, including Uncharted: Golden Abyss, BioShock, Little Big Planet, Killzone, Resistance, Ruin, ModNation Racers, and Street Fighter X Tekken, which are all also being offered for preorder for the same date as the new console. The retailer has said that the above software will have a recommended price of £39.99 ($65); the Wi-Fi and 3G versions of the handheld have recommended retail prices of £229.00 ($370) and £279.99 ($451), respectively. The two units will retail for $250 and $300--before sales tax--respectively in the United States.

Check out GameSpot's full rundown of the Vita for more on what to expect from the handheld. Hands-on footage of the Vita can also be viewed through GameSpot's Tonight on the Spot broadcast.

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yixingtpot
yixingtpot

Sony makes machines to play real hardcore games, it's just sad how XBROKE and Nintardo have dumbed the HD gen down to DVD level and kept Sony from moving gaming onto bigger and better things overall. Even regarding the PSP, it's sad that the Wii and gimmicks prevail over substance... Kinect is another example, $150 3 second lag crippled web camera for morons to leap around in front of a TV to, so sad. I've got my Vita preordered and I'm buying the 3DTV bundle, i want Sony around... without them it's a wasteland of XBROKENintardo garbage.

Sigil-otaku
Sigil-otaku

@Poncho_Hachacha I hope they do stay around PSP prices, I was just basing my post on the Shop To prices from the link but this seemed to happen (again in the UK) with the 3DS where games seemed to be console prices but then went down to handheld game prices before release though so I'll wait and see.

Poncho_Hachacha
Poncho_Hachacha

@Sigil-otaku Actually the production costs were said to be closer to psp costs than ps3 so Vita games will probably be somewhere in the same $40-$50 range the psp used.

Jurassic85
Jurassic85

@Firham_of_Jomah I agree with you that the Vita will probably be better than the 3DS, but your example about the gamecube is ridiculous. You thought that SSBM was the only game worth playing for that system? The GC had a huge library of great games, sounds like you missed out. As for the 3DS (which I do not own btw) even though people are buying it for Zelda OoT now, they know that Mario, Mario Kart, Star Fox 64, Kid Icarus, etc are coming. They don't plan on playing the same game for 5-6 years as you implied.

atopp399
atopp399

Vita = updated PSP and we all know how that turned out over here in the states. Also, if the Vita can run games with PS3 graphic and cost $250 then why isn't the PS3 about $50 by now?

I am sure every time a good game(Zelda 3DS this week) or news release about the 3DS comes out we will get Vita "Leaks" with Sony denying they released any of leaks and how they don't comment on speculation.

grbolivar
grbolivar

@dreamgod247 Excuse me but no Mario Kart is gonna stop be from buying a PSVita, the reverse is more probable....

jamyskis
jamyskis

Interesting is also that Amazon Germany is listing 250 euros for the non-3G and 300 euros for the 3G version. However - there's no release date listed and they've offered a price guarantee whereby price changes will be reflected in the amount payable. In other words, they don't have a frickin' clue how much it's going to be and just want to get people pre-ordering.

dreamgod247
dreamgod247

Once again sony is using thier heads by releasing the Vita on Nov 4 rather than later on in the month. You got too many big games coming out in Nov, Call of Duty, Assassin Creed, Skyrim, Uncharted 3 and don't forget the 3DS big games, Super Mario and Mario Kart. Those games can make gamers not want to buy a Vita. But it's coming out before those games, you might gamers getting a Vita unstead. You can either get all those games or a Vita, tough choice.

al_atreesy
al_atreesy

PSVITA is shaping up to be the best handheld ever, it's a day-one buy for sure, every time I imagine playing PS3-like games with very close experience and controls, it always makes me really excited and thrilled to have such a device.I'd love to play Uncharted, Tekken ,Call of Duty ,(or any similar great multiplayer shooter,imagine a game like Battlefield 3 for this thing :D) and many other great games which are totally possible to be developed on the system. I hope PSVITA is at least twice as successful as the original PSP. I'll be buying it no doubt and looking forward to many great games and content available for it.

Slipknotfan11
Slipknotfan11

You Cant Even Compete the PSVIta to the 3DS... Vita B*TC* Slaps it... =P

Firham_of_Jomah
Firham_of_Jomah

@sulaymanqazi "thumbs up if you are tired of Nintendo 3D$ fanboys are talking about how they got a 3D$ just for Zelda: Ocarina of Time. is that the only game they will play for the next 5-6 years?" Lol. That's exactly what I did with my Gamecube and Smash Bros. The only other game I feel is worth owning (back then and still to this day) is Eternal Darkness. Still don't own a copy though... Not sure if that's much of a fanboy thing to do. They would buy up everything made by the big N (Steel Diver for ex.) and say they are the best games under the sun. And then come on here shouting off, haha. PSV for the win this round!!! **Forgot to mention the price point is dead on. $250.00 is more than reasonable for such a piece of hardware....here's hoping they continue making excellent games to back it up (once the system is out and it already has some boss games that is).**

soulless4now
soulless4now

If it's true, then Sony should be in store for a nice holiday season.

thribs
thribs

Price seems a little high compared to US prices but I believe they will go down before shipping date.

Flint247
Flint247

Coming from a 3DS owner, I actually want Sony to succeed with the PS Vita. The system is looking great. Sony has been taking a lot of hits this year and they need a great comeback. I am not going to take sides and see which one is "better" because there is no way to determine that; it's all in a person's interests. While the DS had more sales than PSP, some people still prefer the PSP for certain games and features. I hope both Nintendo and Sony develop amazing games for their handhelds. It's too early to say the 3DS isn't great, it just launched. So let's just wait and see how both turn out.

ledzep26
ledzep26

its awesome and all but portables get beat to hell pretty fast, even if you take care of them like a child, touch pads getting chiped and a crack touched screen= 300 black brick, but if they last and are durable, id gladly buy it

ZeroX91
ZeroX91

I defiantly gonna get the vita but not at launch because they will just release an new version six months later with 1 more camera!!! and the "old" model will go down in price by 25%

Jab7604
Jab7604

I have no issue with either teh PSV or 3DS, but if i rememebr correctly when the psp battled the DS, critics where claiming death to the nintendo grip on the hand held market, it will be interesting to see how it turns out, im looking forward to both.

jocaju
jocaju

I hope this date is true. The system looks phenomenal, can't wait.

mrzero1982pt2
mrzero1982pt2

PSVita: it only does everything... THE 3ds NEVER WILL BE ABLE TO DO!!!! i can not wait! i am putting 50 down this week at gamestop! i got the first PSP at launch... well, in the week 1 launch(a day after it came out) so i am not missing out on another one!!!!!

megagene
megagene

Sony! PLEASE TAKE MY MONEY!

Fantasticus
Fantasticus

i can't wait for the PSV. it looks sexy as hell. it's gonna be one heck of a handheld. that's for sure

Lazerith91
Lazerith91

@sulaymanqazi "Shopto has, however, also listed a rather UNLIKELY looking range of Vita launch titles"

sulaymanqazi
sulaymanqazi

one word to the 3D$ owners. Karma... Look at who has games now.

sulaymanqazi
sulaymanqazi

PS vita vs......... "There is no competition with the Vita."

KBFloYd
KBFloYd

yes they need to release asap before the 3ds has enough time to build its great library for the holidays.

Hekynn
Hekynn

Very cool if its Nov 4th then I'm grabbing one!!

fanboyxbox
fanboyxbox

I put $50.00 down last weekend at Gamestop. They told me the release would be 12-31-11.

SilverRubik
SilverRubik

I'm expecting a lot from Vita, I might even buy it instead of PS3 or 360.

sulaymanqazi
sulaymanqazi

@tom_cat_01 Oh. tht sux. i thought europe was doing good. i just heared how my uncle in greece lost his job and i thought that was a little thing but wow. thats crazy!

skipper847
skipper847

Only kidding i might buy it but its £279 at Game for the 3G one. Looks intresting i was only jokeing waiting for the 1.5 version

tom_cat_01
tom_cat_01

@sulaymanqazi ... Ummm, the economy is most def not good in europe. The UK is barely out of recession, Greece is on the verge of massive economic collapse, as is Portugal: and Spain has some of the highest unemployment rates in the developed world.

sulaymanqazi
sulaymanqazi

thumbs up if you are tired of Nintendo 3D$ fanboys are talking about how they got a 3D$ just for Zelda: Ocarina of Time. is that the only game they will play for the next 5-6 years?

sulaymanqazi
sulaymanqazi

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sulaymanqazi
sulaymanqazi

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skipper847
skipper847

i will wailt for PSVita 1.5 to come out

MGSKojima
MGSKojima

Another reason I will be flat broke lol The Q4 of 2011 is a great time for gaming.

miltpauris
miltpauris

Awesome news. The only thing I hate is where I live. Converted to US dollars, the price of Vita is going to be 400$ (The same as Ps3 here). It sucks, because 400$ is average monthly salary.

Sigil-otaku
Sigil-otaku

Too bad the games are as expensive as console ones, that's quite a big put off when the system also uses storage cards of some sort to store games that will need even more buying to be able to store some of them. I'm beginning to wonder if the price of the NGP will creep up a little because of those 2 factors. Most games can be bought as physical media though I guess.

Sigil-otaku
Sigil-otaku

@axlroselm Why do you miss it? The game is still coming right? It'll be on PS3 anyway though.

lilrobda1
lilrobda1

They did say at the end of the year, so this date is no surprise.

Kimo_88
Kimo_88

ohh man... its gonna be an expensive holiday season lol

axlroselm
axlroselm

Launch line-up is beyond awesome, i miss Dragon Crown though.