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Vita to launch on February 22 in the US, UK, Canada, and Latin America

We were crushed when we heard that the PlayStation Vita wouldn't be releasing in the US in 2011. Crushed. Sure, Sony had never said it would be hitting US shores this year, but we sort of assumed that it would. Thankfully, even though we won't be unwrapping Sony's handheld for Christmas, we won't be waiting much longer: today, CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment, Jack Tretton, announced the official release date for the United States, Canada, Latin America, and Europe: February 22, 2011.

Now that we know the date and the price (the Wi-Fi version is $249.99, while the 3G version runs $50 higher at $299.99), all that's left is learning about the launch lineup. There are dozens of awesome looking games in development for the handheld, and, as we learned with the Nintendo 3DS, having an impressive stable of games available at launch is extremely important. In the past, systems could float with only a handful of interesting games, but in an industry diluted with high-quality games, pushing out hardware just isn't enough anymore. Sony knows this, and wrote on the PlayStation blog that it's "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."

So, are you ready to pick up the Vita, or are you going to wait to make sure that Sony doesn't make the same mistakes Nintendo made this handheld generation?

Oct 18, 2011

13 comments

  • ultimatepunchrod - October 19, 2011 7:13 a.m.

    yes! i cant wait. i thought it would be march but this is awesome.
  • NG14916 - October 19, 2011 3:29 a.m.

    Hopefully Disgaea 3 will keep me occupied until more RPGs come out for it.
  • taokaka - October 19, 2011 12:35 a.m.

    NNNOOOOOOO!!!! if only it was delayed a week to the 29th then it would come out on the anniversary of my preorder.
  • WinkedUp Lozza - October 19, 2011 12:16 a.m.

    At the same price as the 120GB ps3 currently (In australia, anyway), I think the pricing is a little harsh - yes, the features are woth the price, but I don't think that the cost will attract as many buyers as it could
  • ncurry2 - October 18, 2011 6:25 p.m.

    With the 3g model, is there like a data plan that you have to pay for as well? How much does that cost a month?
  • indyplayer313 - October 18, 2011 5:03 p.m.

    Cool, I was hoping that it'd come out a bit later than that, but if it has at least 3-4 must buy titles on launch, I'm sold. All I have for my 3DS is OoT.
  • GR HollanderCooper - October 18, 2011 4:58 p.m.

    THAT'S TWO DAYS BEFORE MY BIRTHDAY. INTERNET, YOU KNOW WHAT TO DO.
  • PimplesInYourAsstista - October 18, 2011 5:23 p.m.

    Send you a novelty, Vita-shaped birthday card?
  • TheCakeIsaPie - October 18, 2011 5:28 p.m.

    Yes, with $250 inside it.
  • MsSmith - October 18, 2011 6:12 p.m.

    Send you a psp-go?
  • therawski - October 19, 2011 9:39 a.m.

    UMD?
  • awinnerisjew - October 19, 2011 11:37 p.m.

    It's ON my birthday. So...you know....dibs.

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