The PlayStation Vita will be region free and will be unlocked across all regions. The news was confirmed on Twitter by President of Sony Worldwide Studios, Shuhei Yoshida. This seems to confirm what Sony’s Michael Denny said back in June that the Vita would be region free “to the best of his knowledge”. This means that any PlayStation Vita will be able to play games from anywhere, so you could import the console from Japan where it launches December 17th and when it finally launches here in the U.S. all the games would play.
But there is a catch, it seems that while the PlayStation Vita is region free, Yoshida doesn’t “recommend” importing it. Yoshida said that there isn’t anything wrong with importing it, but noted that there will be minor “nuisances” or inconsistencies, such as the X and O buttons being swapped. This may not seem like that big of an issue but trust us those buttons being swapped can totally mess your game up. To try to calm the masses who are already trying to lock up their import orders, Yoshida said that Sony “will update the launch dates outside of Japan soon”.
While I really want to get my hands on the Vita ASAP I think I am going to take Yoshida’s advice on this one and wait. The X and O button swap is big for me and those “little nuisances” could turn out to be more than just that. But that’s just me, knowing what you just found out are any of you still planning to import it?