PlayStation Vita Will Debut In US And Europe On February 22

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Sony’s Playstation Vita has long been slated for a December release in Japan, but Sony has just announced at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco that their new portable will be hitting shelves stateside and in Europe on February 22.

While hardcore pocket gamers will have already committed these specs to memory, here’s a quick recap. The Vita packs (among other things) a 5-inch OLED touchscreen, a pair of dual analog sticks, an ARM Cortex A9 processor, a rear touchpad, and much much more into a body that measures in at 182.0 x 18.6 x 83.5mm

Pricewise, we’re still looking at $249 for the WiFi-only model, while an extra $50 nabs you the AT&T 3G-enabled variant. Sadly, no mention was made of data pricing, so your guess is as good as ours at this point. It’s quite possible that the Vita could adopt AT&T’s tablet data tiers, with $15 netting users 200MB and $25 yielding 2GB, but it wouldn’t surprise me at all if Vita gamers were privy to their own special data bundles.

I’m sure a handful of gamers were hoping against hope for a holiday launch window (myself included), but hey — at least now we know how much longer we have to save up our pennies. In the meantime, here’s our hands-on video from E3 to help tide you over: