Sony Playstation Vita could launch in OctoberNew handheld may see early release

01 August 2011

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Although no official release date has been set, a leaked flyer from a major high street chain has hinted at a possible October release.

A leaked promo from rental store Blockbuster gives the dates of the Playstation Vita as the 28th of October, for both the wi-fi and 3G models. They are priced at £229.99 and £279.99 respectively. 

The PlayStation Vita, which was first announced late last year, is Sony's next generation portable console. It will replace the PlayStation Portable (aka PSP) and will compete with the Nintendo 3DS. It features two analogue sticks for finer control on 3D games, an OLED screen that promises outstanding image quality, and a touchscreen.

Official Release

There has been no confirmed date set for the European release of the handheld yet by Sony, though it has confirmed that Japan will see the console by the end of the year. The console is expected to launch with some of Sony's biggest franchises, including portable versions of Uncharted and LittleBigPlanet, although the document from Blockbuster gives no details of these.

The Vita launches after Nintendo's newest handheld, the 3DS, which became available at retail in March. The 3DS has been plagued by poor sales, and a price drop for the console was recently announced. Whenever the Vita launches, consumers are bound to see fierce competition between the two to attract gamers.

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