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Can’t wait until next year to get your hands on Sony’s upcoming PlayStation Vita? Well, you might not have to – as long as you’re cool with spending a few hundred dollars and playing games that are entirely in Japanese. According to the Twitter account of Shuhei Yoshida, president of Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios, the system is going to be region-free, meaning you can pick one up from Japan when it launches on December 17 and still play games on it when they are released in your home country.
But it means good things for more than just those looking to import the console early. The system will be able to play games from other regions, too, which means when the newest game in the obscure, underground Japanese RPG you’re obsessed with comes out you can play it even if the developer doesn’t feel like translating it for an American release. Awesome, right?
While we’re happy to hear it, we have to admit that it’s a bit strange that this wouldn’t come out in a more… official way. This is big news for Sony, and earns them brownie points with the most hardcore of gamers. We’re not saying they had to send out a press release or hold a media conference, but having the president of SCE Worldwide Studios send an reply on Twitter saying “Yes, it is” might be the most unofficial/unprofessional way of making the announcement. What a strange world we live in...
So, is anyone planning on picking up a Japanese Vita when it comes out this year, or is everyone cool with waiting until TBD 2012 to get it in America?