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Rumor: PlayStation Vita Has January 12 US Launch Date

It's a tried-and-true way of getting attention: pretend you have a leaked date for something big.

Therefore, we urge you to take this with a grain of salt. But according to an "inside source," the highly anticipated PlayStation Vita will release earlier than expected in North America: January 12.

The video below doesn't prove that date; it's just a slick, in-depth ad for Sony's new handheld, but it's worth discussing if you haven't seen it. As for the date, it's a Thursday and it's only about a month after the unit hits store shelves in Japan. We suppose it's possible, but probable? Maybe not.

Usually, "reliable sources" ask you not to divulge the information. That's one problem. The other problem is that when lesser-known sites make such reports, the logical question arises: why exactly would an inside source, who has no desire to give that information to bigger sources, give it to you? Yeah, we're skeptical but what if it's true?

The Vita in January? Would that even be a good idea? To release a relatively expensive piece of hardware during the holiday hangover month? When everyone's credit cards are burning up and nobody wants to see the bill from December?

Tags: playstation vita, vita launch date, vita release date, vita us release date

10/17/2011 10:27:17 AM Ben Dutka

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Comments (12 posts)

StubbornScorpio
Monday, October 17, 2011 @ 11:10:04 AM
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Thursday is an odd day for sure, but if I remember correctly the PS3 launched on a Friday or Saturday back in '06.

As much as I want Vita ASAP, I doubt I would buy it as soon as January. The holiday money-spending crux will have me crippled through to February (probably....).

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Highlander
Monday, October 17, 2011 @ 12:10:37 PM
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Jan 12th, 22nd, 28th or 31st, I am going to be there with my pre-ordered Vita. I'd rather that they get6 it here sooner, not later, but regardless, I'm there.

January isn't a terrible idea, one of the possible positives is that it's the start of tax rebate season in the US...

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Stabs88
Monday, October 17, 2011 @ 6:22:55 PM

Already pre-ordered..(well half money down) but i am for sure ok with this date. bday/christmas money...ChaChinG, Super excited an can not wait! Altho its gonna be tough to wanna not bring it to my classes = P

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Fabi
Monday, October 17, 2011 @ 1:19:52 PM
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I would be lined up to get one even if it came out January 1st. I cannot wait to get my hands on it.

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thj_1980
Monday, October 17, 2011 @ 1:42:33 PM
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NO March 31st PLEASE!!!

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Slacker
Monday, October 17, 2011 @ 2:09:51 PM
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I'd like it to launch before the middle of February when my son has his birthday. :)

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Lawless SXE
Monday, October 17, 2011 @ 2:21:33 PM
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The initial launch date doesn't really matter. It'll sell by legs, but I don't think January 12 would be right. My guess would be sometime in February, but maybe Sony want to get it as close to a simultaneous launch as possible, to ride high off any good impressions coming out of Japan.

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bebestorm
Monday, October 17, 2011 @ 3:12:41 PM
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Im thinking it will release march or april.

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Oyashiro
Monday, October 17, 2011 @ 3:46:09 PM
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When ever it comes out... I will be there.

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Serakek
Monday, October 17, 2011 @ 4:21:12 PM
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I think it would be great to have it release in January. Sure it's no longer Christmas, but you got kids and adults getting gift cards for the holidays and just burning a hole in their pockets. I'll be getting it day one trading in my old PSP and DSi XL.

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BikerSaint
Tuesday, October 18, 2011 @ 1:27:59 AM
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Already pre-ordered!

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smileys_007
Tuesday, October 18, 2011 @ 6:26:00 AM
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I am not in a rush in buying the Vita. I'll probably wait for FFX HD to be released before buying a PS Vita..

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