Day-one stock of Sony's soon-to-be-released handheld console Vita is rapidly running out following a pre-order rush in Japan.

Within hours of pre-orders going on sale, two of Japan's major online retailers, Amazon Japan and Yodobashi, reported that the device was out of stock.

Japanese gaming blog Esuteru claims that many other major retailers have also sold out, including Sofmap, Bic Camera and Joshin.

Anyone hoping to import Sony's region-free device is likely to face steep prices in order to secure one.

PlayStation Vita will be launched in Japan on December 17th.