Retailers bolstering PS Vita pre-orders with fake release dates? (Play-Asia responds)

The PlayStation Vita, successor to the PlayStation Portable, will be launching in Japan December 17, 2011 with a lineup of 26 titles including the exclusive shooter/action/adventure title Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Army Corps of Hell, BlazBlue: Continuum Shift II Plus, Dark Quest, Lord of Apocalypse and more. There have also been a series of other announcements for the system including the HD re-masterings of Final Fantasy X, shooter/action/espionage hits Metal Gear Solid 1 & 2, and a yet-to-be-named Call of Duty title committed by Activision during the PlayStation Meeting 2011.

With all of the excitement pouring out of Tokyo Games Show 2011’s PlayStation Vita coverage many gamers are opening a new opportunity for this dual-joystick, high-fidelity graphics machine to enter their gaming lives. With the media and public currently scattering to determine whether or not December 31, 2011 is a “placeholder” date for the United States release date of the PlayStation Vita (which it probably is) the possibility of importing the hardware has come to the minds of many gamers on the net.

Immediately sharing this thought, the folks over at Play-Asia have already begun taking reserves for the PlayStation Vita on their website, made famous by willingness to do overseas shipping to importers. However, something is wrong with this picture.

Play-Asia is currently taking orders for the United States (see image here) with a release date listed as December 2011 whereas they are not taking reservations yet for the Japan hardware which they have listed as TBA, or To Be Announced (see image here) even though December 17, 2011 is the confirmed date of release.

GameStop is accepting pre-orders for both models of the PlayStation Vita’s United States hardware unit listing a December 31, 2011 release date (see image here) as well, in addition to this both Play-Asia and GameStop have listed a number of United States region PlayStation Vita games for December 2011 release, despite Sony’s “early 2012” statement.

To further add to the confusion, PlayStation Vita has been listed on Sony’s own website here with a December 31, 2011 release date. Considering Sony has steadily stated that they are planning to release the Vita in the US during “early 2012” could this be an attempt at retailers and possibly even Sony themselves to bolster pre-orders for the PlayStation Vita using a fake, placeholder date? Does anyone out there honestly believe Sony would release the PlayStation Vita in the United States on New Years’ Eve of 2011? Something seems fishy here and gamers who want the hardware as soon as possible will be stuck playing the waiting game until this whole mess is cleared up once and for all.

When contacted for further comment, top importers Play-Asia responded with the following statement:

“Dear Jon,

Thank you for your information. We are will check with our supplier and update the available date of our products.

For the Japanese version of PS vita, it is not ready for reservation or pre-order at this moment. The purchasing cost of Japanese version console could fluctuate a lot in the first batch of stock. We have to control the pre-order carefully. We don’t want to buy at a high cost and sell at a high price to our customer.

We are now getting more update information from the Tokyo Game Show. We will update the product information as soon as possible.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to ask.

Best regards,


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