Sad face. CVG is reporting that a “senior retail source very close to SCE” believes Sony’s new handheld will only get a western release in the USA before the end of the year. If all goes well, the Yanks should be getting their portable dual-analogue sticks on before the festive season. The rest of us will have to wait until next year.

According to CVG’s source: “Sony know[s] it’s effectively gifting the festive handheld market to 3DS – but is still really confident of a success. The overall strategy is that they want the hardcore to buy first and then spread the word.”

Of course, when CVG asked for clarification from Sony, they received a prompt response reminding them that no release date has been set for the PSV as yet.

The implication here is that Europe and the UK (and by extension us in South Africa seeing as we share release dates with that lot) are not hardcore enough. I think I might be offended.* Am I not hardcore enough to have a PSV for Christmas? That’s all I really wanted, aside from a flamethrower, which I can honestly say I have asked for every single year since I was about six. For some strange reason I’m still waiting for one.

Source: CVG

*Not really – but it’s a Friday afternoon and being melodramatic is fun.

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