Sony launched an updated, slimmer version of the Playstation Vita on Tuesday to North America including the US, as part of a bundle with a copy of Borderlands 2. The Vita Slim had already been released in Japan last year, Europe earlier this year and Europe and has now finally made its way west.
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Bloomberg is reporting that Kazuo Hirai says the Vita won’t launch in the US and Europe until early next year, but Japan is still getting the device before Christmas. We hope this is not the case. It’s like getting coal in our stockings several months early.
Sony’s highly anticipated PlayStation Vita has finally arrived at the FCC for wireless testing and approval. The Commission’s test documents do not shed any new light on features, but the approval suggests the company is on schedule to launch the device in time for the holiday season.
Rumors have the Vita hitting stores this fall. There is an ad supposedly from Blockbuster UK that points to an October 28 date as well.
According to a British Blockbuster flyer, the PlayStation Vita will land in the United Kingdom on October 28th. This fall release date fits right into Sony’s “end of 2011″ launch window, so this may be accurate.
Of course, without official confirmation you should take this with a grain of salt for now. If this does pan out it will be a nice Halloween surprise. Hopefully it’s a treat rather than a trick.
They are very close to being SD cards, only there’s a little notch in the side, making them a proprietary form of storage. We have no idea what they will cost, but hopefully we will hear more soon. Most would have preferred SD cards, but I guess Sony felt different.
It was thought that the PlayStation Vita might be able to do video output using the multiport on the bottom, but now it is looking like that’s a big no according to the official FAQ. However, Sony exec Michael Denny said today that the PS Vita will be region-free just like the PS3. That’s some good news.
Sony has ruled out a UMD reader of any sort. No surprise there, but Sony says that it will “consider every possibility for support on bought UMD games,”. I wonder what they will do on that front. Nothing at the moment, but soon perhaps.
Sony has finally confirmed details about its NGP at E3. It is really called the PS Vita and the handheld device will sell for $250 when it arrives next year. That’s for the Wi-Fi only version. The $300 3G PlayStation Vita will arrive in partnership with AT&T sometime in this year’s holiday season.
Specs include a 5-inch OLED touchscreen, front and rear touch pads, a quad-core processor and dual analog sticks. It’s also has a camera on both the front and back sides.