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Official Release Date for the Playstation Vita Announced

For fans of handheld gaming, the Playstation Vita is an attractive device.  Boasting two touchscreens, trophies, great graphics, and a laundry list of features, gamers have been wondering about the release date for quite some time.  An initial release date had been tossed around for December of this year, but Sony pushed that date back a few months back.

Today, Sony has released an official statement on the Playstation Vita’s release date.  Fans of the device will be able to pick it up in the United States on February 22nd, 2012.  That’s right, the week after Valentine’s Day.  Start being nice to your loved ones, because it’s time to start saving for the Playstation Vita.

Below, we’ve included a list of the official specs for the Playstation Vita as provided by Sony.

Platform name PlayStation®Vita
Model number PCH-1000 series
CPU ARM® Cortex™-A9 core (4 core)
GPU SGX543MP4+
Main memory 512MB
VRAM 128MB
External Dimensions Approx. 182.0 x 18.6 x 83.5mm (width x height x depth) (tentative, excludes largest

projection)

Weight Approx 279g (3G/Wi-Fi model)

Approx 260g (Wi-Fi model)

Screen
(Touch screen)
5 inches (16:9), 960 x 544, Approx. 16 million colors, OLED

Multi touch screen (capacitive type)

Rear touch pad Multi touch pad (capacitive type)
Cameras Front camera, Rear camera

Frame rate : 120fps@320×240(QVGA), 60fps@640×480(VGA)

Resolution : Up to 640×480(VGA)

Sound Built-in stereo speakers

Built-in microphone

Sensors Six-axis motion sensing system (three-axis gyroscope, three-axis accelerometer), Threeaxis

electronic compass

Location Built-in GPS (3G/Wi-Fi model only)

Wi-Fi location service support

Keys / Switches PS button

Power button

Directional buttons (Up/Down/Right/Left)

Action buttons (Triangle, Circle, Cross, Square)

Shoulder buttons (Right/Left)

Right stick, Left stick

START button, SELECT button

Volume buttons (+/-)

Wireless
communications
Mobile network connectivity (3G/Wi-Fi model only)

For U.S., 3G modem (data communication): HSDPA/HSUPA, GSM/GRPS/EDGE

IEEE 802.11b/g/n (n = 1×1)(Wi-Fi) (Infrastructure mode/Ad-hoc mode)

Bluetooth® 2.1+EDR (A2DP/AVRCP/HSP)

Slots/Ports PlayStation®Vita card slot

Memory card slot

SIM card slot (3G/Wi-Fi model only)

Multi-use port (for USB data communication, DC IN, Audio [Stereo Out / Mono In],

Power Built-In Lithium-ion Battery: DC3.7V 2210mAh

AC adaptor: DC 5V

Operating

environment

temperature

5 degrees C ~ 35 degrees C
Supported
AV content
format
Music

MP3 MPEG-1/2 Audio Layer 3, MP4 (MPEG-4 AAC), WAVE (Linear PCM)

Videos

MPEG-4 Simple Profile (AAC), H.264/MPEG-4 AVC High/Main/Baseline Profile

(AAC)

Photos

JPEG (Exif 2.2.1), TIFF, BMP, GIF, PNG

What do you think about the official release date for the Playstation Vita?  Are you planning on picking one up when it hits store shelves next February?  Be sure to let us know what you think by leaving us a comment below, or sound off in our forums!

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