PS Vita goes on sale in North America and Europe on February 22

Our Japanese friends will be enjoying the PS Vita in December, but the rest of the world will have to wait until February 22. Start saving those pennies, or be prepared to sell a toe, because that's when Sony's next-gen handheld season starts.

PlayStation President and CEO Jack Tretton officially announced the release date for the PS Vita on the PlayStation Blog. Anybody living in the U.S., Canada, North America and Europe will be able to buy either a 3G or Wi-Fi PS Vita come early 2012.

The last time we checked out the PS Vita, we were pretty psyched for it. Hopefully, Sony didn't screw around with it too much. The revelation that the 3G AT&T PS Vita will be capped at 20MB per download over the air is a bit of bummer, but that's why there's a Wi-Fi-only model.

The PS Vita features a 5-inch OLED touchscreen, rear touchpad, dual cameras for augmented reality-style games and apps, dual analog sticks, accelerometers and gyroscopes, as well as the standard PlayStation control buttons. A Wi-Fi-only PS Vita will sell for $250, as well as a 3G one for $300. AT&T will be the carrier in the U.S for the latter.

No word on how much the actual games will be.

Who's saving up for one? I recently had a chance to play Mario Kart 7 and Super Mario 3D Land at New York Comic-Con and I have to admit, the 3DS might really starting gaining some momentum with Mario's games, despite little interest in 3D gaming and slowing sales.

What will 2012 be? The year of the iPhone 4S and it's powerful graphics? The 3DS finally maturing? The PS Vita? We're pumped.

Via PlayStation Blog

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