It was a possibility all along that Sony’s PlayStation Vita would only arrive in Japan before the end of 2011, and now that appears to be the case. The 2011 estimate was for the beginning of a “phased global rollout,” and these rollouts always start in Japan.
Of course, there’s a chance that the handheld won’t even be available for holiday release in Japan, but Kaz Hirai, Sony’s Executive Vice President, said today that the Vita will go on sale by the end of the year in Japan, with North America and Europe getting it in early 2012.
Hirai also noted that Sony wanted to be prepared with good game offerings at launch, which may or may not have been a dig at the 3DS. I’m going to think that it was.
He responded to questions on a price cut for the device by saying that “[t]here is no need to lower the price just because somebody else that happens to be in the video game business decided that they were going to lower their price.”