Sony PlayStation Vita to Debut in Japan on Dec 17

Sony will release its next-generation portable game machine, the PlayStation Vita, in Japan on Dec. 17. Sony had previously said only that it would release the new handheld device sometime before the end of the year, without specifying which markets would get the device first. The Sony PlayStation Vita will provide between three and five hours gameplay from a single charge. It will provide five hours of video playback and nine hours of music. A full charge takes two hours and 40 minutes when the Vita is in standby mode. The Memory cards will be sold separately.

Sony PlayStation Vita will retail in Japan for ¥24,980 ($325) for the WiFi version and ¥29,980 ($390) for the 3G models. In the U.S., the Vita will have an initial price tag of $249 for a Wi-Fi-only version and $299 for a model that works over AT&T’s wireless network. The Vita carries a touch screen display, two cameras and motion sensors.