Sony's PlayStation Vita has been given a release date of 17 December in Japan, with the games giant promising 26 games at launch and 100 in an unspecified 'launch window'.
The Vita has sparked widespread interest although a price point of 24,980 Yen (approximately £206) for the WiFi-only unit means that it will come in at significantly more than the Nintendo 3DS following its radical price cut.
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However, the PlayStation Vita forgoes the gimmick of 3D for dual analogue sticks, and also brings more graphics and processing power to boot.
Fifa 12, F1 2011 and Uncharted: Golden Abyss are among the launch titles, alongside the might of Final Fantasy X HD – for a handheld that is looking to go one better than the PSP and provide genuine competition in the portable console market for Nintendo.
There is no official PS Vita UK release date or price as yet, although we are expecting the console to arrive early in 2012 although the price is likely to be significantly higher than £206.
Sony also showed off an accessory pack at the launch which included a case and headphones.
The launch titles announced are listed below:
BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Extend Project N.O.E.L.S. Fish On Dynasty Warriors Next WipEout 2048 Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 Lord of Apocalypse (Square Enix) F1 2011 Ninja Gaiden Sigma Army Corpse of Hell (Square Enix) Michael Jackson: The Experience (Ubisoft) Shinobido 2: Tales of a Ninja (Acquire) Virtua Tennis 4 (Sega) Uncharted: Golden Abyss (SCE) Hot Shots Golf 6 (SCE) Gyokugen Dasshutsu Adv: Zennin Shiboudesu (Chunsoft) Dream Club Zero Portable (D3 Publisher) Disgaea 3: Return (NIS) Dark Quest: Alliance (Ubisoft) Ridge Racer (Namco Bandai) Tales of Innocence Gravity Daze Metal Gear Solid HD (Konami) FIFA 12 (EA)