Sony's plans to release a PS4/PS Vita hardware bundle have been "held up" by a problem with packaging design, according to SCEE president Jim Ryan.
Speaking to CVG at E3, Ryan confirmed that the platform holder intends to release the bundle - as suggested by retail listings this month - but said that the company is currently trying to finalise the design of the packaging it will ship in.
"Being a hardware manufacturer can be a very tedious thing," he said. "it's being held up by trying to get the bundle packaged in a way where drop tests work properly. We're just about there now.
"When you develop a consumer electronics device you have to be able to drop it in a reasonable manner and it not break. Trying to find a configuration for a Vita and PS4 bundle that is not the size of a table has proved rather difficult. But I think we're there."
Asked when the proposed Vita/PS4 bundle will finally make it to retail, Ryan said: "I'm guessing it will release at some point this year. If we're close, there's no reason for it not to."
According to the retail listing, the "Ultimate Player Edition" bundle will include a 500gb PS4, a Wi-Fi PS Vita slim, and a DualShock 4 controller for €579.99 in Europe: the same price as buying the consoles individually.