Launch of Sony® PlayStation Vita in the U.S. and Europe delayed
Sony, which had previously declared to introduce its PlayStation Vita, handheld gaming console at the end of this year, has now delayed its release. It is now planning to launch the same product in Japan before December, this year and then in Europe and the U.S. by the end of next year. With this news, Sony will miss out on Christmas shoppers in Europe and the U.S. markets where it generated more than 40 percent of its overall revenue from its products last year.
As far as Sony PlayStation Vita is concerned, it features a 5-inch multi-touch organic light emitting diode (OLED) as the front display and a unique multi-touchpad at the back. It consists of advanced technology that uses water shaders and dynamic lighting to create slick graphics on a small gadget. Also, it features motion sensors and Six Axis sensors that let you move characters like tapping on the screen or by using a combination of the two.
It’s two analog sticks enable a wider range of game genres to be brought into the portable experience like action games, shooters and fighting games. The device also offers you a social-networking component called Near, which lets you play with your friends also on Sony PlayStation Vita. It further enables location-based gaming features such as gifting in which you can access virtual game related items like character costumes, weapons and treasures that other players are sharing.
Sony is however facing tough competition with its industry rival, Nintendo Co. who had reduced its price by 40 percent starting mid-August. Whereas, Sony PlayStation Vita will be available for purchase in the U.S. for $249, that is $80 more than the 3-D portable player of Nintendo.
But as for now Sony is not planning to lower its PS Vita price.