The ShopTo.net's website with a 4 November release date. Sadly, this date is probably more speculation than official launch.
We'd love to think the Vita is coming so soon -- we can't wait to slide our sticky, cake-covered fingers on that rear touch panel. Sony told our friends over at GameSpot UK, however, "No one has communicated any release dates to retail partners. That date is not official as we haven't announced anything yet."
It seems probable that ShopTo has put a speculative launch date on the Vita in order to attract more attention and pre-orders. It's a cunning tactic -- the Vita is going to be a hot product when it eventually arrives in stores, and its estimated price of £225 for the Wi-Fi only model is pretty reasonable for such a big-screened, capable gadget.
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Still, we do expect the Vita to be in stores in time for Christmas, so it could be that ShopTo isn't too far off the mark. It is unlikely, however, that we'll be seeing it before it lands in the US.
For more info on the Vita, check outand keep your eyes peeled for a full hands-on soon.