PS Vita’s Western Launch Set for February 22, 2012

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Due out in Japan later this year, Sony’s PSP successor, the PlayStation Vita, finally has an official launch date in western markets, including the U.S., Europe, Canada and Latin America. In those regions, the PS Vita will be available at retail starting February 22, 2012 (two days before my birthday, so guess what I’ll be getting?), the Wi-Fi model priced at $249.99 / euro 249.99 and the 3G/Wi-Fi model slightly pricier at $299.99 / euro 299.99. Only the Wi-Fi model will be available in Latin America, according to today’s press release.

“PlayStation Vita will redefine traditional boundaries of gaming and blur the lines between entertainment and reality. Its launch will serve as a pivotal point in the history of portable gaming and create a new fan base of PlayStation gamers for generations to come,” said Jack Tretton, president and chief executive officer, SCEA. “With its technological prowess and social connectivity, PlayStation Vita offers an experience beyond anything available on the market. Features such as the dual analog sticks, dual cameras, and front and rear touch pad are all designed to deliver the unique, powerful gameplay experiences consumers have been asking for and enable new ways for users to connect with the world around them.”

Additional details about the launch, such as game pricing and launch lineup, are still to come, but Sony is touting that over 100 PS Vita games are already in development, including major franchise installments from Uncharted, Resistance, Call of Duty and Assassin’s Creed. Of course, we also know about tons of other games that are on the way, including Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Street Fighter X Tekken, LittleBigPlanet, ModNation Racers, Super Monkey Ball, Rayman Origins, Army Corps of Hell, Katamari Damacy, Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath, Little Deviants, Virtua Tennis 4, Dragon’s Crown and, well, the list goes on and on. Actually, if you scroll down to the related links below, you’ll find plenty of media and info on many of the Vita games developers have cooking away.

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