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PlayStation®Vita Launches February 22, 2012 in the United States

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The Ultimate in Handheld Entertainment, PS Vita Launches Simultaneously in Europe, Canada, Latin America and United States on February 22

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC (SCEA) today announced on stage at the Web 2.0 Summit 2011 that the PlayStation®Vita (PS Vita) system will launch in the U.S. on February 22, 2012. Available at major retailers for $249.99 (MSRP) for the Wi-Fi model and $299.99 (MSRP) for the 3G/Wi-Fi model, the PS Vita system will offer unparalleled interactive entertainment anytime and anywhere. The PS Vita system will launch on February 22 in Canada for $249.99 (MSRP) for the Wi-Fi model, and Europe for euro 249.99 (RRP) for the Wi-Fi model and euro 299.99 (RRP) for the 3G/Wi-Fi model. The PS Vita system Wi-Fi model will also launch in Latin America during the February 22 launch date.*

“PlayStation Vita will redefine traditional boundaries of gaming and blur the lines between entertainment and reality. Its launch will serve as a pivotal point in the history of portable gaming and create a new fan base of PlayStation gamers for generations to come,” said Jack Tretton, president and chief executive officer, SCEA. “With its technological prowess and social connectivity, PlayStation Vita offers an experience beyond anything available on the market. Features such as the dual analog sticks, dual cameras, and front and rear touch pad are all designed to deliver the unique, powerful gameplay experiences consumers have been asking for and enable new ways for users to connect with the world around them.”

Leveraging PlayStation’s legacy of delivering deep and immersive gaming experiences, the PS Vita system will bring consumers new ways to play through inputs such as a stunning OLED front touch screen and rear touch pad, dual analog sticks, motion sensors, and dual cameras. With more than 100 games currently in production from first and third party studios including “Sound Shapes™,” “wipEout® 2048,” “Resistance: Burning Skies™,” “UNCHARTED: Golden Abyss™,” Ubisoft’s “Assassin’s Creed,” EA SPORTS ‘FIFA,’ Activision’s ‘Call of Duty®’, and many more, the PS Vita system is poised to deliver gameplay experiences unmatched by any handheld or mobile device on the market.

In addition, with both 3G and Wi-Fi support on some models, PS Vita will draw consumers deeper into the gameplay experience and enable them to connect and play with the world around them, including their friends and other PS Vita owners through native PS Vita applications – near and Party. A variety of social networking and communications services such as Facebook, foursquare, Skype™, and Twitter will be available on the PS Vita system.

Product Outline

PlayStation Vita 3G/Wi-Fi Model Crystal Black

Product name
PlayStation Vita 3G/Wi-Fi Model Crystal Black
Product code
PCH-110 1 AA01
Release date
February 22, 2012
MSRP
$299.99
Included
* PlayStation Vita 3G/Wi-Fi model x1
* USB cable x1
* AC adaptor x1
* Power cord x1
* Printed materials x1
* SIM card x1 (Inserted in the system)

PlayStation Vita Wi-Fi Model Crystal Black

Product name
PlayStation Vita Wi-Fi Model Crystal Black
Product code
U.S. & Canada: PCH-1001 ZA01
LATAM: PCH-1010 ZA01
Release date
February 22, 2012
MSRP
$249.99
Included
* PlayStation Vita Wi-Fi model x1
* USB cable x1
* AC adaptor x1
* Power cord x1
* Printed materials x1

PlayStation Vita Product Specification

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
*launch date exceptions may apply in certain Latin American countries, depending on current government safety and compliance approval processes.

About Sony Computer Entertainment America

Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC continues to redefine the entertainment lifestyle with its PlayStation® and PS one® game console, the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, the PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) handheld entertainment system, the ground-breaking PlayStation®3 (PS3™) computer entertainment system and its online and network services the PlayStation®Network and PlayStation®Store. Recognized as the undisputed industry leader, Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC markets the PlayStation® family of products and develops, publishes, markets and distributes software for the PS one, PlayStation®2, PSP and PS3 systems for the North American market. Based in Foster City, Calif., Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC serves as headquarters for all North American operations.

SOURCE Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC

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