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October 18, 2011 at 5:29 PM

Sony Vita arrives Feb. 22 in U.S.

Sony finally confirmed the release date of its new PlayStation Vita, the handheld gaming device it unveiled at the E3 conference in July. It’s going on sale in the U.S. on Feb. 22 for $250 for a Wi-Fi version and $300 for a version with 3G wireless service.

“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,” Jack Tretton, president and chief executive officer of Sony Computer Entertainment America, said in a release.

The device has a five-inch OLED multitouch screen, a quad-core ARM processor, front and rear cameras, GPS, stereo speakers and six-axis motion sensors.

Sony will begin selling the Vita in Japan on Dec. 17.

Sony announced the U.S. release date at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco. The company said more than 100 Vita games are now in production and the device will have native applications plus services such as Facebook, Twitter and Skype.

I wonder if the Skype service will be routed through Xbox Live …

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