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Sony’s PlayStation Vita now available in Japan

Thousands of game enthusiasts lined up early in the morning to be among the first to buy the PlayStation Vita. The Vita hit stores this weekend in Japan and eager crowds couldn’t even wait to get it home as they are seen opening it in stores to try out the new handheld. The Vita won’t be available in North America and Europe until Feb. 22.

When it does become available in the U.S., it will cost $250 for the Wi-Fi only model and $300 for the 3G/Wi-Fi model. The 3G model will be networked exclusively through AT&T. The Vita boasts a front and back camera, touch screen in front, and a touch pad in the back. It also feature two analog sticks which were absent in the PlayStation Portable.

“I’m so happy to see so many people lining up for PS Vita so early in the morning,” Sony Computer Entertainment Japan President Hiroshi Kono wrote in his official blog after touring several Tokyo stores. “I can tell they had anxiously waited for today’s launch.”

Vita’s launch was accompanied with games such as Capcom’s Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3, and BEND Studio’s Uncharted: Golden Abyss. The Vita uses proprietary flash memory card known as “PlayStation Vita cards” the 4GB Memory Card is $24.99 and the 8GB Memory Card is $39.99 – the 32GB Memory Card still costs $119.99


According to a columnist at Mainichi Digital (translated via Andriasang) Sony has increased its initial PlayStation Vita shipments in Japan to over 700,000. The columnist, Fumio Kurokawa cites anonymous sources close to Sony, saying the original shipment was supposed to be 500,000 units. Pre-order demand has Sony adding another 200,000.