It’s Official, Sony PlayStation Vita Japan Launch on December 17

Japan based console giant Sony announced on Wednesday that its next generation handheld gaming console will hit the Japanese stores on December 17.

The official release date of the device was disclosed by Mr. Hiroshi Kawano, head of gaming unit Sony Computer Entertainment during an event in Tokyo.

Dubbed Sony PlayStation Vita, the device will bring along with it 26 game titles, as well as a 3G version which will run on the NTT DoCoMo’s network.

According to the company, the PS Vita will be equipped with a wide range of sophisticated software in order help the users get the best out of its camera, controls, network connectivity, as well as the touchpad located at the back.

The initial version comes along with a new version of the Capcom’s "Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom". In addition to that, the device will also feature networked role playing and golf games, as well as a dedicated application to give users direct access to the popular Japanese video sharing site Nico Nico Douga.

The PS Vita will cost the game enthusiasts within the country 24,980 yen ($324) for the Wi-Fi only model, and 29,980 yen ($390) for the both Wi-Fi and 3G enabled version.