PS Vita’s Japan launch was originally December 3

The long-ass press conference I attended in Tokyo last month told us that the PlayStation Vita would officially launch in Japan on December 17, but today we’ve learned that the original date was going to be December 3. 

In an interview in Weekly Famitsu, Sony president Hiroshi Kawano revealed that the system was originally planned for a December 3 release. How cute: 12/3. But they later decided to move it out to December 17 to make sure that they had enough stock for launch. 

We don’t know the official numbers for launch availability, but the word is that there will be 500,000 of the 3G units available at launch. Andriasang reminds us that this is the number Kawano mentioned to Reuters during TGS last month. No promises on that.

I’m wondering about the number of launch non-3G models, which are better for importers, as we can’t use Japan’s cell network here anyway.

Dale North