Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studio head Shuhei Yoshida has been talking PlayStation Vita in the latest issue of Japanese games mag, Famitsu (via Andriasang), and some interesting information has come out of it.
According to Yoshida development on the hardware started in Spring 2009 with Sony aiming for both a good price and a high quality device. Interestingly one of the main features that was almost cut was the rear touch pad, which according to the magazine was originally rejected because of potential costs and doubts over it offering an enjoyable experience, however after trying it, they immediately decided to use it.
Another interesting point is that the Vita hardware may not actually be finalized. Yoshida said it’s possible there may be a few small changes, while Sony is still in discussion with third parties regarding button positioning.
Vita is due to be released before the end of March 2012.
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