Shuhei Yoshida “doesn’t recommend” Importing the PS Vita From Japan, Promises Western Launch Dates “Soon”.

on September 18, 2011 6:47 PM

A few minutes ago the president of Sony Worldwide Studios Shuhei Yoshida posted on twitter that he wouldn’t recommend importing the PS Vita from Japan.

According to Yoshida-san, there can be some minor nuisances due to playing western games on Japanese consoles, like the fact that the circle and the X buttons are inverted.

He also said that dates for the western launch will be announced soon:

Here’s the full transcript straight from the horse’s mouth:

There are people who are interested in importing the Japanese version of PS Vita from outside Japan, but I personally do not recommend that.”

Then he promised to share a launch date for the western markets soon:

Sorry to make you wait a bit longer. We will update the launch dates outside Japan soon.

When asked to elaborate on the reason why he didn’t recommend it he explained:

Sorry I’m not explaining well, but from my experience owning both US and J game consoles of everything, there tend to be minor nuisances.

And then he clarified  further:

Like inconsistency between the use of x and o buttons between system software and games.

He also explained why the X and Circle buttons are in a different layout on Japanese PlayStation consoles:

¬†It’s a legacy, but in Japan circle means “yes”, cross means “no”.”

 /  Executive News Editor
Hailing from sunny (not as much as people think) Italy and long standing gamer since the age of Mattel Intellivision and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Definitely a multi-platform gamer, he still holds the old dear PC nearest to his heart, while not disregarding any console on the market. RPGs (of any nationality) and MMORPGs are his daily bread, but he enjoys almost every other genre, prominently racing simulators, action and sandbox games. He is also one of the few surviving fans of the flight simulator genre on Earth.