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PlayStation Vita launches in North America

The new handheld device from Sony aims to grab a share of the market

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Sony Computer Entertainment America has announced the launch of the PlayStation Vita (PS Vita), the next generation portable entertainment system, available now in the United States, Canada, and Latin America.

With the biggest and best launch lineup in PlayStation history, PS Vita offers more than 25 titles on day one, plus a broad selection of accessories. The launch day lineup includes blockbuster franchises such as UNCHARTED: Golden Abyss, FIFA Soccer, and Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3, plus brand new games such as Escape Plan.

PS Vita is also launching today in Europe and Australia.

Today marks a historic day for the PlayStation brand and our fans,” said Jack Tretton, president and CEO, Sony Computer Entertainment America. “PlayStation Vita is the most powerful and connected portable gaming system ever created. For the first time ever, consumers will find compelling PS3 console-like gameplay experiences on-the-go from the most popular PlayStation franchises as well as titles unique to PS Vita, while staying connected with their favorite entertainment and social networking applications through Wi-Fi support.”

The Wi-FI model will allow PS Vita users to game at the speed of their mobile lifestyle, including asynchronous/turn-based multiplayer gameplay, digital gifting, instantly updated rankings and leaderboards, immediate access to downloadable add-on content, and real-time access to trophies, friends, web browsing, and apps such as ‘near’.

PS Vita features a quad core processor, 5-inch high definition OLED touchscreen, rear touch pad, and dual analog sticks. PS Vita also provides front and rear cameras, plus a six-axis motion sensing system and built in microphone.

Consumers can now purchase PS Vita game cards at retailers nationwide or download games through the PlayStation Store. Pricing for all PS Vita software will range between $9.99-$49.99. In addition to PS Vita format games, more than 275 PSP titles are now available for download on the PlayStation Store.

The Wi-Fi Vita retails for $249.99, with the 3G capable model going for $299.99.
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