The PlayStation Vita was announced this year at E3 and some users were able to place their orders while at E3. Those people that ordered the Vita at E3 received an email from Sony that states that the Vita will ship in January 2012. This could only mean that the Vita will launch around December 31st of 2011 and miss the Christmas holiday.
The estimated delivery date if you pre-order is January 4th. Shame it won’t be under the tree this year.