PS Vita game console gets Feb. 22, 2012 US release date

Gamers here in the US and other parts of the world who have been saving up their money to buy Sony's PS Vita portable game console now have a target date. The official Playstation blog has announced that the PS Vita will go on sale here in the US on February 22, 2012. The console will also go on sale on that same date in Canada, Latin America and Europe. Sony had previously announced that the PS Vita would be available for sale first in Japan on December 17.

As promised back in June during E3 2011, the PS Vita will be sold in two different versions; one with WiFi for $249.99 and one with both WiFi and 3G connectivity for $299.99. That version will connect to AT&T's wireless network but so far neither Sony nor AT&T have commented on the 3G pricing plans for the console. Both versions of the PS Vita will include a five inch touch screen, a back panel that can also be touched for gameplay purposes, two analog sticks, and front and rear cameras.

Sony says it already has over 100 PS Vita games in development from both Sony's own internal developers along with third party teams. PS Vita games will be sold both in retail stores as well as downloadable games on the Playstation Network. In addition to games, the console will also have a number of social networking apps for services like Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare along with the Skype Internet phone service.

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Time to save up now and I should have enough to get it the day after my birthday with birthday money included to what I've saved up. Though I hope the box will be a lot better than that on release day.

Who cares?

It's doomed for failure... Sony have a poor online service and who trusts them any more? I mean, I can't even change my PSN password via the web site.... it's in Maintenance mode. Things are still broken from the hacking months ago.

No commitment to the end user is their bigegst failing.

Spadman said,
Who cares?

It's doomed for failure... Sony have a poor online service and who trusts them any more? I mean, I can't even change my PSN password via the web site.... it's in Maintenance mode. Things are still broken from the hacking months ago.

No commitment to the end user is their bigegst failing.


You don't seem to be hating on other companies that were hacked and lost user passwords. I think someone is being a little biased.

FMH said,
How is the web-browser on this device? Does anyone know?

Not sure but I hope it is an improvement over the PSP's browser..

I'm very curious to see how this will do... It is a fascinating device but I think one thing that will hurt it is that most people who game portably now-a-days will do so on their mobile phone. It's intriguing to me nonetheless and I would get one, but I'm not quite sure how much usage I'd get out of it...

este said,
I'm very curious to see how this will do... It is a fascinating device but I think one thing that will hurt it is that most people who game portably now-a-days will do so on their mobile phone. It's intriguing to me nonetheless and I would get one, but I'm not quite sure how much usage I'd get out of it...

Yeah, I agree at this point. And for the price? I dunno...

Why couldn't they just keep the same name format? PSP instead of PS and Vita. It's a dumb name, like calling the PS3 the PS Diamondrazor or something.

AFineFrenzy said,
Why couldn't they just keep the same name format? PSP instead of PS and Vita. It's a dumb name, like calling the PS3 the PS Diamondrazor or something.

PS Vita = PSV = PS5 = the 5th Playstation device released worldwide

The Teej said,

PS Vita = PSV = PS5 = the 5th Playstation device released worldwide

They didn't do that with the original PSP so I don't see why its needed now.

SierraSonic said,
The Teej said,

PS Vita = PSV = PS5 = the 5th Playstation device released worldwide[/quote sixth... Don't forget the xperia play

Xperia Play isn't a PS device, it's a PS certified device, two completely different things.

@AFineFrenzy - I guess, I think it's more of an interesting coincidence then anything else.

Ohh, didn't realise until now that they just switched the dollar sign to a euro sign to make up the European prices. AGAIN. >_<

I'm definitely waiting a year or two before I get one of these.

MightyJordan said,
Ohh, didn't realise until now that they just switched the dollar sign to a euro sign to make up the European prices. AGAIN. >_<

I'm definitely waiting a year or two before I get one of these.

Wow, that really doesn't make much sense. I guess exchange rates don't matter to Sony...

M_Lyons10 said,

Wow, that really doesn't make much sense. I guess exchange rates don't matter to Sony...

I like the look of the PS Vita, but thankfully, I'm in no hurry to get one. I'm saving up for the iPhone 5 anyway. (Yes, the 5, not the 4S)