Nintendo may be planning on making the most of Christmas shopping with the pre-Christmas release of its new Wii bundles, but it seems that Sony has no intention of getting a chunk of people’s Christmas bonuses unless you are in Japan.
Sony has announced that while the PlayStation Vita will be released in Japan on December 17, it won’t be until 2 months later that we’ll be seeing the first units shipped out in the UK. With the release date for Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Australasia set in February 22, Sony doesn’t even give us a chance to use Valentine’s Day as an excuse for buying the Vita; not that PlayStation gamers need much of an excuse.
The PlayStation Vita will come in two versions – a Wi-Fi only version and an always-on 3G version. Both versions are already available for pre-order with the 3G version priced at £279.99 and the Wi-Fi only version priced at £229.99.
The PlayStation Vita will come with built-in apps including Skype, Twitter, foursquare, Facebook, a video and music player, photo viewer, web browser, and special connectivity apps called Friends, Party, PSN message, and Near. Getting new games to play on the handheld will also be really convenient since most games will be available for download, with only bigger titles to be released on card.
And compared with your old PSP, expect even better graphics quad-core ARM cortex processor and a display screen (5-inch 16 million colour 960×544 OLED capacitive touchscreen display) that can do all that power justice.