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.

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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.
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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