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PlayStation Vita launches in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Australasia, Canada, the US and Latin America from 22nd February 2012, Sony has announced.

The Wi-Fi-only version costs $249 / €249.99 / AUD$349.95 / NZD$449.95. The Wi-Fi plus 3G model goes for $299 / €299.99 / AUD$449.95 / NZD$549.95.

UK pricing remains unannounced. Sony is yet to confirm the European launch line-up of Vita games, or reveal which 3G service provider will handle Vita in the UK.

"Our first-party studios and army of publishing partners have been extremely hard at work to ensure that PS Vita launches with a vast library of titles that deliver unique gameplay experiences that go beyond any handheld or mobile device on the market," said Sony US boss Jack Tretton.

More than 100 games are in development for Vita, including Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Resistance: Burning Skies, Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Assassin's Creed, FIFA and Call of Duty.

Accompanying the announcement, Sony published official Vita specifications, below.
  • Platform name: PlayStation Vita
  • Model number: PCH-1000 series
  • CPU :ARM Cortex-A9 core (4 core)
  • GPU: SGX543MP4+
  • Main memory: 512MB
  • VRAM: 128MB
  • External Dimensions: Approx. 182.0 x 18.6 x 83.5mm (width x height x depth) (tentative, excludes largest projection)
  • Weight: Approx 279g (3G/Wi-Fi model)Approx 260g (Wi-Fi model)
  • Screen (Touch screen): 5 inches (16:9), 960 x 544, Approx. 16 million colours, OLED Multi touch screen (capacitive type)
  • Rear touch pad: Multi touch pad (capacitive type)
  • Cameras: Front camera, Rear camera Frame rate : [email protected]×240(QVGA), [email protected]×480(VGA)Resolution : Up to 640×480(VGA)
  • Sound: Built-in stereo speakers Built-in microphone
  • Sensors: Six-axis motion sensing system (three-axis gyroscope, three-axis accelerometer), Three axis electronic compass
  • Location: Built-in GPS (3G/Wi-Fi model only)Wi-Fi location service support
  • Keys / Switches :tongue:S button Power button Directional buttons (Up/Down/Right/Left)Action buttons (Triangle, Circle, Cross, Square)Shoulder buttons (Right/Left)Right stick, Left stick START button, SELECT button Volume buttons (+/-)
  • Wireless communications: Mobile network connectivity (3G/Wi-Fi model only)3G modem (data communication): HSDPA/HSUPA, GSM/GPRS/EDGEIEEE 802.11b/g/n (n = 1×1)(Wi-Fi) (Infrastructure mode/Ad-hoc mode)Bluetooth 2.1+EDR (A2DP/AVRCP/HSP)
  • Slots/Ports: PlayStation Vita card slot Memory card slot SIM card slot (3G/Wi-Fi model only)Multi-use port (for USB data communication, DC IN, Audio [Stereo Out / Mono In],
  • Power: Built-In Lithium-ion Battery: DC3.7V 2210mAhAC adaptor: DC 5V
  • Operating environment temperature: 5℃~35℃
  • Supported AV content format: Music-MP3 MPEG-1/2 Audio Layer 3, MP4 (MPEG-4 AAC), WAVE (Linear PCM)Videos-MPEG-4 Simple Profile (AAC), H.264/MPEG-4 AVC High/Main/Baseline Profile(AAC)Photos-JPEG (Exif 2.2.1), TIFF, BMP, GIF, PNG
449 AUD for Wi-Fi + 3G model? Well Sony, the least you could do is wear a condom if you want to f*** me! That is the same cost as a PS3/360 + games bundle. I get that it can do a lot, but really? Didn't the announcement of the PS3 and prices teach you anything?

*sigh*... I am a sucker and I will end up getting up, but damn, the cost of the PSV is going to make my pockets cry. Then again, the graphics are to be as good as early PS3 games, so as long as the developers can keep the gameplay above par, then my complaints of cost will be drowned out.

Source: http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2011-10-19-vita-eu-release-date-price-announced
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