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Sony Officially Dates PlayStation Vita Launch for NA

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The PlayStation Vita will land in the States in February 2012 so sayeth SCEA bossman Jack Tretton. Honest.

Tuesday during the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco, SCEA President and CEO Jack Tretton said that the PlayStation Vita handheld gaming unit will finally arrive in the United States, Canada, Latin America, and Europe on February 22, 2012. The vanila Wi-Fi version will cost a hefty $249 USD whereas the Wi-Fi/3G combo model will be a dollar shy of a full $300 USD.

"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," Tretton said Tuesday in a blog. "We have more than 100 games currently in development globally that span many different genres, including Sound Shapes, Resistance: Burning Skies, Uncharted Golden Abyss, Capcom’s Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed, EA Sports’ FIFA, Activision’s Call of Duty, and numerous others that you’ll hear about in the months ahead."

As previously reported, the device will sport a 4-core ARM Cortex-A9 CPU coupled with an SGX543MP4+ GPU. It will also have a 5-inch capacitive OLED multi-touch screen (960 x 544) and a multi-touch pad mounted on the back. Other features will include 512 MB of RAM, 128 MB of VRAM, a front-facing camera, a rear-facing camera, built-in GPS, a six-axis motion sensing system and more.

"With its vibrant 5-inch OLED screen, dual analog sticks, dual cameras, and front and rear touch panel, PS Vita will deliver rich, immersive games with stunning graphics, which simply can’t be found anywhere else," Tretton said. "Now you’ll be able to play shooters and action titles on-the-go with controls that are familiar, and you won’t have to block out the gorgeous screen to interact with the games."

Back in September, Sony said that as many as 500 to 600 PlayStation Portable games will be available to purchase and download to the device via the PlayStation Network. The company is also reportedly working on a solution for current customers to bring their UMD-based games to the new portable console (which Sony failed to do for the doomed PSPgo) using some kind of "special download plan." Sony said it will reveal more information on this at a later date although it's likely to happen in December when the console lands in Japan.

In addition to serving as a portable gaming console, the PS Vita will also support apps for Facebook, foursquare, Skype and Twitter. The applications will be downloadable to PS Vita directly from the PlayStation Store at no charge. Users will be able to activate the application just by selecting the icon which will appear on the PS Vita home screen.

"With PS Vita, you can enjoy the best handheld gaming experience available and stay connected to the people and interests you care about," Tretton said. "It’s never been a better time to be a part of PlayStation Nation and I can’t wait for you to experience this revolutionary handheld system. Stay tuned for more exciting updates as we near the February 22, 2012 launch!"

In related news, Irrational Games head Ken Levine reports that Bioshock Vita is still in its "paper stage" because the studio is still heavily wrapped up in Bioshock: Infinite. Levine said that the Vita game may be outsourced if push comes to shove, but finding the right studio will be difficult if that happens.

"To keep the quality level, I wish I could say it was easy, it just tends to be more time consuming," he said. "It's just hard to find the right partners or the right people to hire. I'd rather do something that's an experiment and that's a little different and is unique for the franchise."

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    bustapr , October 19, 2011 7:09 PM
    this is actually earlier than I expected. I want some time with one before I judge, looks like some really good games at launch.
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    CaedenV , October 19, 2011 7:11 PM
    for future reference NA generally refers to "Not Applicable" not North America.
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    igot1forya , October 19, 2011 7:12 PM
    I wonder how MS will handle the Skype support once the dust settles... will they bring Skype to the 360 too?
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    theconsolegamer , October 19, 2011 7:15 PM
    PSVITA here I come
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    bustapr , October 19, 2011 7:18 PM
    CaedenVfor future reference NA generally refers to "Not Applicable" not North America.

    for future corrections N/A refers to "not applicable"
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    dalmvern , October 19, 2011 7:49 PM
    Its all about context my friends.

    "Sony Officially Dates PlayStation Vita Launch for Not Available" does not make sense in context.

    "Sony Officially Dates PlayStation Vita Launch for North America" makes perfect sense so that is how I read it.
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    hoof_hearted , October 19, 2011 8:06 PM
    It stands for North Atlantic. You have to swim for them
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    NuclearShadow , October 19, 2011 9:12 PM
    It's amazing to see the specs on it, it is hard to believe that handheld is more powerful than many of the PC's I have had and if you really think about it wasn't really that long ago. I may grab the $250 version it may be a bit pricey but at-least it has a few solid launch titles.

    Also to end this silly debate everyone knows that "NA" stands for NuclearShadow's Awesome. The title of the article clearly means. "Sony Officially Dates PlayStation Vita Launch for NuclearShadow (who is) Awesome. So yes, Sony is going to release it to me first the rest of you have to wait.
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    Lunarion , October 19, 2011 9:13 PM
    That's pretty good stats. Better than the tablets for that price range.
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    AbdullahG , October 19, 2011 9:16 PM
    Going strong with my Gameboy Color :D , though I might consider this as a new handheld when I travel. Handheld are really become an interest for me.
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    bustapr , October 19, 2011 9:16 PM
    LunarionThat's pretty good stats. Better than the tablets for that price range.

    for gaming its actually better than every tablet out now, BUTTONS!
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    Branden , October 19, 2011 9:32 PM
    i love that i can port all my fav PS1 games onto my PSP, if i can port my PS2 games onto the Vita then i might just get it too.
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    spectrewind , October 19, 2011 10:33 PM
    bustaprfor future corrections N/A refers to "not applicable"



    I took it as Not applicable. As do many people. I see it written that way a lot on legal and medical documentation where using a slash fails input validation on a computer. (nurses, doctors, lawyers, FDA inspectors). NA is quite common.

    North America is a proper noun. Proper to spell it out.
    It's pure laziness of the author to title it that way. Not a first for THG. Definitely not a first for Kevin Parish to screw up a headline.
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    enforcer22 , October 19, 2011 11:49 PM
    spectrewindI took it as Not applicable. As do many people. I see it written that way a lot on legal and medical documentation where using a slash fails input validation on a computer. (nurses, doctors, lawyers, FDA inspectors). NA is quite common.North America is a proper noun. Proper to spell it out.It's pure laziness of the author to title it that way. Not a first for THG. Definitely not a first for Kevin Parish to screw up a headline.


    Yeah then there is common sense. It wasnt hard to understand what was meant with the context it was used. Unless you have a giant stick up your ass that is.
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    Camikazi , October 20, 2011 1:08 AM
    spectrewindI took it as Not applicable. As do many people. I see it written that way a lot on legal and medical documentation where using a slash fails input validation on a computer. (nurses, doctors, lawyers, FDA inspectors). NA is quite common.North America is a proper noun. Proper to spell it out.It's pure laziness of the author to title it that way. Not a first for THG. Definitely not a first for Kevin Parish to screw up a headline.

    So you read without taking into account the context of what you are reading? Cause if you did that you would EASILY see that Not Applicable made absolutely no sense what so ever in that sentence. You are not supposed to just read you are supposed to understand what you are reading, which you seem to not do.
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    fb39ca4 , October 20, 2011 2:36 AM
    This is awesome-touchscreen+physical controls. Great for FPS games.
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    eddieroolz , October 20, 2011 3:57 AM
    Its a shame that the console will be missing the Christmas season in NA.
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    kin3000 , October 20, 2011 12:45 PM
    eddieroolzIts a shame that the console will be missing the Christmas season in NA.


    Yeah, it will only make it before the season in JP, but NA, EU, and LA will have to wait until next year.
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    Lyrick , October 20, 2011 1:18 PM
    brandeni love that i can port all my fav PS1 games onto my PSP, if i can port my PS2 games onto the Vita then i might just get it too.


    Actually as it stands now and through at least Vita's launch, you can't even play the PSOne games you currently have purchased through the Playstation store on the Vita.

    Sony's Yoshida confirms no PSOne Classics at launch
    http://twitter.com/#!/yosp/status/124947863494078465

    rumors surrounding this involve Sony playing with the idea that PS1 game purchases will have to occur through the Android/Vita Playstation Suite. Forcing you to repurchase your content.
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