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The PlayStation Vita UK launch won’t be until next year according to Sony Computer Entertainment CEO, Kazuo Hirai. He told reporters in Tokyo that the new handheld will hit Japan in December with the US and European launches following in early 2012.

It’s disappointing news, especially as just this week we had our hopes raised by that Blockbuster leaflet which suggested the PlayStation Vita would launch here in October.

It seems odd that Sony is willing to let the PlayStation Vita miss out on Christmas lists in the Europe and the US since 40% of its revenue came from those markets last year. Still the revelation is bound to put smiles on the faces of Nintendo execs who have been struggling to sell the Nintendo 3DS.

Wondering whether the PlayStation Vita will be worth the wait? Check out our PlayStation Vita guide.

Out TBC | £229.99 | Sony (via Bloomberg)

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