Sony confirms that the Vita will be region-free

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?

Hollander Cooper

Hollander Cooper was the Lead Features Editor of GamesRadar+ between 2011 and 2014. After that lengthy stint managing GR's editorial calendar he moved behind the curtain and into the video game industry itself, working as social media manager for EA and as a communications lead at Riot Games. Hollander is currently stationed at Apple as an organic social lead for the App Store and Apple Arcade.