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?