Sony PlayStation Vita: Sign Up Today, Here’s How

There will no doubt be many of you wishing for the hurried release of the new Sony PlayStation Vita gaming console. Although it was just a short while back that it was officially announced at the E3 gaming conference, many of us started to get wind of so-called release dates, but before long that was about to change. Just a matter of days ago, we brought you news that the Vita wouldn’t be making an appearance this side of Christmas with most countries barr possibly Japan, having to wait until 2012.

Reasons to its delay are not known, but with the bad news there may be a little light at the end of the tunnel as it were! According to Christopher Trout at Engadget, pre-orders of the Vita may now be made possible thanks to retailer Best Buy Canada for a price of $249.99. We know that there will be huge disappointment amongst gaming fans that were expecting to pick up the console before Christmas, perhaps even giving it as a gift for your loved one, but this may be the next best thing.

Product pages for both the WiFi-only and 3G Vita versions can be seen here, with a release date listing of around March 30th 2012. As to whether this actually takes off is anybody’s guess but it may give us reason to now smile.

So what can we tell you about the new PlayStation Vita if you haven’t been following the latest? In terms of specifications, the handheld console will include a 5-inch OLED touchscreen, dual analog sticks, front and rear camera, front and rear touchpads, microphone, built in stereo speakers, 3-axis electronic compass, 3G version will include GPS, WiFi and Bluetooth 2.1.

In an interesting article from attackofthefanboy.com, Japanese gaming magazine “Famitsu” carried out a survey of gamers and developers in relation to the Vita. Across the board, it seems that there is a huge interest for the Vita to make its entrance with some 87% of gamers interested in buying a Vita, 44.8% intending to buy it on the day of release with 54.9% with a view to the Vita being too expensive.

When the same survey of people was asked their views to the forthcoming Nintendo Wii U, the percentages were somewhat lower, 38.3% of gamers said that they had high hopes for the console whilst 33.7% said they didn’t. Some 28% were undecided with 22.5% saying that it lacked impact. Check out the rest of the findings here.

For now all we can do is wait and keep our fingers crossed, that the console may release before Christmas which is highly unlikely, in the meantime, let us know whether you will pre-order your Vita through Best Buy Canada?