Ganer’s everywhere are anticipating Sony’s upcoming handlheld – the Playstation Vita. Well, no need to wonder about when it will finally be released to North America and Europe because Sony has just announced that the handheld would be released outside of Japan on February 22nd, 2012.
The Vita will be available in two SKUs; the $299 3G model, or settle for the $249 Wi-Fi only model. At launch, the Vita is going to be limited to the Crystal Black color model that Sony has been showing off ever since it’s inception, so do not get your hopes up for a variety of colors right away. Both models will also unclude the standard USB cable, AC adapter, and a power cord.
The Vita will include a variety of social networking features, including Skype, Twitter and Facebook. If social networking is not your thing, you can look forward to the Vita’s impressive line up of titles, including the recently-revealed Modnation Racers: Road Trip.
This comes as good news to Playstation fans worldwide as now they will not need to consider importing the Vita – a move Sony World Wide Studios President Shuhei Yoshida doesn’t reccommend, mostly due to the discrepancies between Japanese and North American games.
Sony claims that the Vita will be able to keep up and challenge the dominace that smartphones are currently holding on the handheld industry. Now that we officially of a release date, we will see if Sony’s system is up to the challenge. Let’s not kid ourselves here, the Vita will absolutely be one of the most impressive handhelds to date, but whether it can lure more casual gamers away from Angry Birds, well, that remains to be seen.