At this year's E3, Sony has announced the price point for its new portable gaming device, the Playstation Vita. The company has also unveiled the 2012 release date, confirming it will miss this holiday's season.
Sony has announced that the Playstation Vita will hit the streets on 22 February 2012 in the United States, Canada, Latin America, and Europe. The Wi-Fi model will sell for a reasonable US$249.99, while the 3G/Wi-Fi model will be priced at US$299.99.
Though my initial excitement for the device was tepid, that changed after spending some time with the Vita at this year's E3. It feels good in the hand, has a gorgeous 5-inch 16:9 wide (960×544) OLED screen, dual analog sticks, and I'm interested in the potential of the rear touch pad.
President and chief executive officer of Sony Computer Entertainment America Jack Trenton said "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. With its technological prowess and social connectivity, PlayStation Vita offers an experience beyond anything available on the market. Features such as the dual analog sticks, dual cameras, and front and rear touch pad are all designed to deliver the unique, powerful gameplay experiences consumers have been asking for and enable new ways for users to connect with the world around them."