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PlayStation Vita gets 2011 release date (but only in Japan)

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(Read caption) The PS Vita gets a Japan launch in December. The rest of the world won't get a chance to play the Vita until 2012.

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The PlayStation Vita, the next-generation mobile device from Sony, will hit shelves in Japan in December. So says Sony, which announced at a press conference that 26 games would be available at the time of the Vita launch, including "Ridge Racer," "Uncharted: Golden Abyss," and something called "Army Corps of Hell."

According to Wired, the Vita will not use Memory Stick media nor SD cards. "Instead, it will use a proprietary memory card that will cost approximately between $25 and $100 depending on the size of the card, from 4 GB to 32 GB," Wired reports.

So when can North American consumers expect to get their hands on a Sony PlayStation Vita? Well, probably not until 2012, leaving stateside Sony fans out in the cold.

A second question: Can the Vita really succeed where the Nintendo 3DS has struggled? Horizons readers will recall that the 3DS – a device once billed as the future of handheld gaming – has thus far failed to really catch on. According to the industry analysts at NPD, sales of the 3DS have plunged substantially from March, when the device was first released.


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