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Vita to miss the 2011 U.S/Europe Release

According to Associated Press, Sony’s Executive Vice President Kazuo Hirai has now confirmed what most of us were expecting: the PlayStation Vita will launch by the end of the year in Japan… and early next year (2012 just to be extra clear) in the U.S. and European territories.

Kazuo also talked to the reporters at Sony’s Tokyo headquarters about the recently announced 3DS price cut and it’s impact on the final pricing of the Vita at launch:

“There 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.”

Just in case you want to import one for Christmas, the PlayStation vita will be available in Japan by the end of 2011 and it will cost 24,980 yen for its Wi-Fi-only version and 29,980 yen for the “Cell services included” (3G over here with AT&T) version. Those lucky enough to make the trip to Japan can try it for themselves at the Tokyo Games Show in September and see what all the fuzz is about. Oh, and the portable is expected to be region free which is always GREAT news!