While the North America and Europe launches are still set for after the new year, PlayStation Vita will arrive in Japan just before Christmas on December 17th, with pre-orders starting October 15th. Service plans for the ¥29,980 3G model (about $389.80 in US currency, as of this writing — but $299 when it does launch stateside) will be provided by NTT Docomo, with pre-paid options of ¥980 for 20 hours of use and ¥4,980 for 100 hours. (Speeds are about 128kbps down / 64kbps up, if we're understanding correctly.) The first 500,000 Vita units in Japan will get a free pre-paid 100 hours. We'll let you know if we hear any new international launch details tonight, but we wouldn't suggest losing sleep over it.
PlayStation Vita release date official for Japan, NTT Docomo to provide 3G service
Launches December 17th with pre-orders starting October 15th. NTT DoCoMo is offering pre-paid plans of ¥980 for 20 hours of use and ¥4,980 for 100 hours.