Official Release Date for the Playstation Vita Announced

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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 namePlayStation®Vita
Model numberPCH-1000 series
CPUARM® Cortex™-A9 core (4 core)
GPUSGX543MP4+
Main memory512MB
VRAM128MB
External DimensionsApprox. 182.0 x 18.6 x 83.5mm (width x height x depth) (tentative, excludes largest

projection)

WeightApprox 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 padMulti touch pad (capacitive type)
CamerasFront camera, Rear camera

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

Resolution : Up to 640×480(VGA)

SoundBuilt-in stereo speakers

Built-in microphone

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

electronic compass

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

Wi-Fi location service support

Keys / SwitchesPS 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/PortsPlayStation®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],

PowerBuilt-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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