Tretton casts doubt over PS Vita worldwide release this calendar year

Tuesday, 7th June 2011 22:07 GMT By Johnny Cullen

SCEA president Jack Tretton has said that PS Vita will ship this fiscal year worldwide, casting doubt over a Holiday 2011 ship.

When asked by Geoff Keighley during a GTTV E3 live stream if the handheld formerly known as NGP would ship this year globally, Tretton said “yes,” referring it’ll be out in major regions by the end of Sony’s financial year, March 31, 2012.

This points towards the theory that some regions won’t get the handheld this year, but he didn’t get specific as to who would get it by the end of calendar year 2011.

Tretton’s comments add confusion to a situation where it was confirmed last night by SCE boss Kaz Hirai that Vita would launch worldwide “holiday season this year.”

It’s not the first time similar comments have been made by Tretton: he said a global launch for the machine this year was unlikely right after Vita was unveiled back in January.

In the same interview with Keighley, Tretton hinted at exclusivity issues with Rockstar’s Agent.

Ta, EG.



  1. spiderLAW

    asshole move and statement basically.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Lounds

    I’d rather here:

    Japan nov release
    NA – March
    EU – MAY

    Lets be releastic sony

    #2 4 years ago
  3. El_MUERkO

    I think Sony would love to get it out everywhere on day one, but lets be realistic.

    Japan is still recovering from the tsunami & Sony are still tweaking the consoles industrial design so it hasn’t gone into mass production yet.

    Once it does how many of these will they have to make? How many of these would they need for just to satisfy the Japanese? If there’s a Monster Hunter being release at launch they’ll probably flog millions of them.

    Also a delay means more launch games for western gamers making the launch period more exciting and avoiding the ‘oh you’ve played all the launch games, well now wait eight months for something else’ for the consumer.

    I’d love a worldwide same day launch but I’ll not wind up the pitching arm if we’re a few months behind.

    /preorders import from asia


    #3 4 years ago
  4. PapaJustify

    Fine with me. This holiday season is packed with awesome titles. I gonna be broke anyway. So let’s get the new handheld next year.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Blerk

    Ouch! Keighley got some real stingers out of poor old Jack in this interview, for sure!

    #5 4 years ago

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