We all know that Sony’s upcoming true successor to the PlayStation Portable (PSP), the PlayStation Vita, will be released in Japan on December 17th 2011. But did you know that it was originally planned for an earlier release? According to an interview the company had with Weekly Famitsu (a Japanese gaming site) this week, Sony had originally planned for the Vita to be in stores on December 3.

Uncertain that it would have enough hardware stock for the portable console’s release – Sony decided to push back the release date just to make sure they would have enough Vitas to go around on that day (though we know it will probably be sold out on day one anyway). It wasn’t mentioned how many Vitas will be shipped at launch, but Sony expects the first 500,000 systems to sell out quickly (perhaps due to the fact that they will be bundled with 100 hours of free 3G usage). Anybody planning to buy the PlayStation Vita on day one?

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