The PlayStation Vita, Sony's successor to the PSP and its answer to Nintendo's 3DS and Apple's ascendent game-playing iPad, will be out on February 22, just three months after it launches in Japan, in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia, and Latin America.

Sony says there are more than 100 games in development for the system, including Uncharted: Golden Abyss (we like what we've played), a new Resistance (ditto), Sound Shapes (that's cool too), an Assassin's Creed (haven't seen it) and a Call of Duty (same).

The unit features a beautiful, giant 5" OLED screen, two thumbsticks, front and rear touch panels and pretty much anything anyone has ever asked for in a gaming handheld (except a second screen might be handy). It's been running games that look as good to us as early PS3 games, certainly better stuff than has run on dedicated gaming handhelds. The machine has built-in WiFi and will run $249 or $299, the latter with a 3G data connection supported, at least in America, by AT&T.


The system will support game downloads and numerous apps, including Facebook, Foursquare, Skype and Twitter.

Get Ready: PS Vita is Coming February 22nd [PlayStation Blog]

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