PlayStation Vita may launch in US and UK territories this fall

Sony’s Kaz Hirai announced that the PlayStation Vita will launch during the holiday season this year at the company’s E3 2011 press conference. However, Hirai didn’t specify a global launch, leading many to assume that Japan would see Sony’s new handheld first. That’s what happened with the PSP, which saw a December 12, 2004 launch in Japan before arriving in North America in March the following year.

But it looks like third-party publisher 505 Games may have leaked Sony’s plans for a global launch for the Vita via a press release sent to US and UK media outlets hailing a fall 2011 launch for Supremacy MMA on the PS Vita. According to the release, Supremacy MMA “will break bones and smash faces on Sony’s next-gen portable platform, the PlayStation Vita this fall. Supremacy MMA for PS Vita will come packing exclusive content including new fighters, venues and features found only on the PS Vita, delivering all the brutality and fast arcade action of the most controversial MMA game in history on the hottest handheld of this generation.”

“Supremacy MMA takes MMA where it’s never gone before, with unprecedented brutality and arcade speed, and now  it’s headed for another new frontier as the sole MMA game to go to handheld in 2011,” added 505 Games North America president Ian Howe in the release.

Speaking to GameSpot, a representative for 505 Games said, “All of the information that we currently have available is in the press release,” suggesting that Sony does indeed have plans for a global launch or at the very least, a launch in multiple territories. However, a more recent response from 505 Games to MCV calls the global launch into question, which states that the PS Vita fall launch date highlighted in the US and UK press release is “only speculative.”

Either way, a successful launch for the PS Vita will be vital for Sony. The Japan earthquake, cyber-attacks against the PlayStation Network, and sluggish PlayStation 3 sales have not been kind to Sony’s bottom line, resulting in a 25% reduction in profit projections in the company’s Q1 2011 financial report.

Jul 28, 2011

Source: GameSpotMCV 




  • rockbottom - August 1, 2011 8:12 a.m.

    Need some money for this, anyone want to buy a 3DS. It is second-hand but it's hardly ever been used. Unfortunately.
  • Peeleman93 - July 31, 2011 6:16 a.m.

    I am soooooo psyched about this console. I loved my PSP after I hacked it and I pray that I can do the same on the PSV... Except this time I am expecting to play Jak & Daxter and other PS2 titles on this powerhouse of a handheld
  • Defguru7777 - July 29, 2011 6:08 p.m.

    Not interested. The 3DS' price drop could (emphasis COULD) really affect the Vita. I do agree Sony needs for the Vita to have a successful launch. Maybe they can change my mind, but then again, I've always been apathetic towards Sony.
  • D0CCON - July 29, 2011 4:36 p.m.

    I'm actually interested in this. Not interested enough to throw my money at it though (I'm being frugal now!)
  • UsernameLoser - July 29, 2011 12:39 p.m.

    It's coming out in late December or January. As for launch, Sony is actually not acting retarded with Uncharted and SFXT, but I'm waiting until my birthday next summer to get one, hopefully with BBCSIIP, or MK Vita.
  • Cyberninja - July 29, 2011 12:34 p.m.

    seeing as hype is the only thing PSV at the moment i will wait until it has games i cant play on my ps3 to get one, since the so called strong launch is only ports so far like another system the internet has come to love/hate.
  • FirLocke - July 29, 2011 11:51 a.m.

    PS Vita is looking to make a more promising start, at least. Uncharted and WipEout make some good launch games.
  • insertdisk - July 29, 2011 11:38 a.m.

    Nah they are just going to release the game before the PSV comes out
  • jackthemenace - July 29, 2011 10:38 a.m.

    The more and More I think about it, the more I'm starting to want a PSV. Good marketing, Sony :D
  • buminyaface - July 29, 2011 9:50 a.m.

    Resistance 3, uncharted 3, ratchet and clank all 4 one, and the PSV? Plus countless big name multiplat titles? This is gonna be a good holiday season for sony
  • hppop1 - July 29, 2011 7:20 a.m.

    Gee I hope this is not another nintendo 3ds failure remember the "remakes" oh man
  • PanaMusica - July 29, 2011 6:58 a.m.

    the little guy has commandeered the PSP - looks like papa is upgrading to the PSV
  • KielbasaNinja - July 29, 2011 6:54 a.m.

    Ooh, I sure hope Christmas comes early this year. (Excuse my shitty 007 joke.)

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