CVG has gone live with a report claiming that a retail source "close to SCE" reckons the PS Vita won't launch in the UK until January or February.
"Sony knows it's effectively gifting the festive handheld market to 3DS - but is still really confident of a success," the source is quoted as saying.
"The overall strategy is that they want the hardcore to buy first and then spread the word. It's a blow for us, but they think they can still do that in the UK without the Christmas sales boost."
There are two things to consider here.
Firstly, it's unlikely that even Sony is 100 per cent sure of its launch strategy at the moment. Nothing is yet in concrete.
Secondly, and most importantly, MCV has been lead to understand from several sources both with retail and publishing that key companies involved with the launch ARE gearing up for a pre-Christmas UK release.
But as stated, nothing is finalised as of yet. Still, MCV would recommend not ruling out a November or December launch just yet.