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No worldwide launch for PlayStation Vita in 2011

Back in April, we posted that Sony was planning a staggered launch of the then-mysterious NGP. Now that the handheld has been officially re-labelled the PlayStation Vita, it's been confirmed that there will be no worldwide launch in 2011.

Sony's shiny NGP

PlayStation Vita

We were originally told that the delay had something to do with the tsunami and earthquake which hit Japan in March, and that the new technology would be launched in one region - the US, Japan or Europe - and one region only before the end of the year.

Later, Sony clarified the matter, saying that this was the plan all along - and now, as the end of the year draws ever-closer, it looks like the company's sticking to its guns.

2011 will see PlayStation Vita released in Japan, and nowhere else.

Gamers had crossed their fingers the handheld would receive an early launch - or a retail price drop - to combat the recent moves by Nintendo, but Sony is standing firm, taking the time to create a proper library of games for the gadget on launch.

...if you are a crazy obsessive fan who can't wait until an unspecified date in 2012 to get your grubby, non-Japanese paws all over the dual touchscreens, there's light at the end of the tunnel. The PlayStation Vita appears to not be region-locked, so if you've got the cash, there may be an overseas purchase in your future.

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