PlayStation Vita finally gets Australian release date and price

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Sony Computer Entertainment Australia has finally announced an Australian price and release date for the PlayStation Vita, their new portable gaming system.

The PlayStation Vita will be available from February 23, 2012 and will come in two varities. A WiFi PSV will be for AUD$349.95 for Australia, NZD$449.95 for our New Zealand readers and €249.99 for Europe. Meanwhile the 3G and WiFi version will be AUD$449.95, NZD$549.95 or €299.99. The prices are hefty, especially for a system that will likely be used exclusively for gaming, but this isn’t surprising from Sony. Anyone remember the PlayStation 3?

The Vita also comes to Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Australasia on October 23, 2012 and a list of specifications has been revealed after the break.

 

Platform name PlayStation Vita
Model number PCH-1000 series
CPU ARM® Cortex™-A9 core (4 core)
GPU SGX543MP4+
Main memory 512MB
VRAM 128MB
External Dimensions Approx. 182.0 x 18.6 x 83.5mm (width x height x depth) (tentative, excludes largestprojection)
Weight Approx 279g (3G/Wi-Fi model) Approx 260g (Wi-Fi model)
Screen (Touch screen) 5 inches (16:9), 960 x 544, Approx. 16 million colors, OLEDMulti touch screen (capacitive type)
Rear touch pad Multi touch pad (capacitive type)
Cameras Front camera, Rear camera Frame rate : 120fps@320×240(QVGA), 60fps@640×480(VGA) Resolution : Up to 640×480(VGA)
Sound Built-in stereo speakers Built-in microphone
Sensors Six-axis motion sensing system (three-axis gyroscope, three-axis accelerometer), Three axis electronic compass
Location Built-in GPS (3G/Wi-Fi model only)Wi-Fi location service support
Keys / Switches PS button, Power button, Directional buttons (Up/Down/Right/Left), Action buttons, (Triangle, Circle, Cross, Square) Shoulder buttons, (Right/Left)Right stick, Left stick, START button, SELECT button, Volume buttons (+/-)
Wireless communications Mobile network connectivity (3G/Wi-Fi model only)3G modem (data communication): HSDPA/HSUPA, GSM/GPRS/EDGEIEEE 802.11b/g/n (n = 1×1)(Wi-Fi) (Infrastructure mode/Ad-hoc mode)Bluetooth® 2.1+EDR (A2DP/AVRCP/HSP)
Slots/Ports PlayStation®Vita card slot, Memory card slot. SIM card slot (3G/Wi-Fi model only)Multi-use port (for USB data communication, DC IN, Audio [Stereo Out / Mono In],
Power Built-In Lithium-ion Battery: DC3.7V 2210mAhAC adaptor: DC 5V
Operating environment temperature 5℃~35℃
Supported AV contentformat Music-MP3 MPEG-1/2 Audio Layer 3, MP4 (MPEG-4 AAC), WAVE (Linear PCM)Videos-MPEG-4 Simple Profile (AAC), H.264/MPEG-4 AVC High/Main/Baseline Profile(AAC)Photos-JPEG (Exif 2.2.1), TIFF, BMP, GIF, PNG


 

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