A new rumor suggests that the Asian launch date for the all new Sony made PlayStation Vita handheld is set for November 12, with the Western markets set to get access to it during the month of March 2012.
The rumors come from a French site called GamaLive, which says that it has a source inside the headquarters of Sony.
The source says that Japan and Hong Kong will be getting the new device on November 12 or close to that date and it seems that various media outlets all over the world will also get their handhelds during that month.
Sony is also said to be keen on getting the Vita out in the West during March, before the end of the current fiscal year, so that it can incorporate good launch sales into its financial results.
The information offered by the source inside Sony is pretty close, apart from the clear Asian launch date, to what the company itself has said about Vita, claiming that it will be out before the end of 2011 on the Japanese market and in early 2012 in the rest of the world.
It's not clear whether the launch in Japan and in Honk Kong means that gamers in other parts of the world can order their own devices from abroad.
Sony has already said that the device will not be region locked but retailers might not be prepared to sell to those abroad if there's a significant demand from local markets.
Sony is positioning the PlayStation Vita as a device for the hardcore gaming crowd, those who are interested in getting good looking games and a lot of control options in a mobile package.
The new device will have an OLED screen, a touch screen on the back of the device as well as more traditional controls, with roughly half the computing power of the PlayStation 3.