Sony has set the release date of its next-generation handheld console, PlayStation Vita. Starting December 17, Sony will release the PlayStation Vita console in Japan, which will be followed by other regions. The date confirms Hirai’s previous statement that said “end of 2011” date is applicable only for Japan and UK and US will get it in 2012.
Sony will complement the hardware launch with 26 games and will provide 3G plans from NTT DOCOMO.
PlayStation Vita will be pitted against the surging dominance of equally powerful mobile devices like iPhone, iPod touch and high-end Galaxy devices. To rehash, PlayStation Vita will feature a powerful quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor, PowerVR SGX543MP4+ GPU, 5-inch OLED display, rear touchpad, front and rear-facing camera, Wi-Fi, 3G, GPS and more.
The PS Vita will cost 24,980 yen ($325) for the Wi-Fi-only model and 29,980 yen ($390) for the 3G + Wi-Fi variant.