It was confirmed a while ago that our Japanese friends would be getting the PlayStation Vita before the year is out and the release date has been officially confirmed by Sony as being the 17th December. The news was broken by Sony executive Hiroshi Kiwano at the platform holder’s Tokyo Game Show press conference. The Vita is the follow up handheld console from Sony and will hopefully fare better than the Nintendo 3DS which has seen a shaky start to its existence which has resulted in cancelled and delayed games along with a massive price drop just months after its launch.
The standard wi-fi model of the Vita will retail for ¥24,980, with the 3G model going for slightly more at ¥29,980 and pre-orders for the console begin from the 15th October. 3G users will be able to buy 20 hours of pre-paid online time for ¥980 (about £8), or 100 hours for ¥4980 (about £41). You’ll also get 100 hours bundled in for free when you pick up the system. A precise release date for Europe or the US was not revealed but the PlayStation Vita is expected to launch sometime time in early 2012 so keep checking ZoKnowsGaming.com for news on the official EU/US release date.