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Sony’s PS Vita is here

Sony’s PS Vita is here

Sony's PS Vita isn't expected to hit stores properly in the US and UK until February 22, but a PS Vita 3G has arrived early on SlashGear's doorstep and we've never been known for our patience. Vitally important as Sony's big push-back against the rise of smartphone and tablet gaming, the PS Vita represents another strand of the company's "four-screen" strategy and an attempt to fight of iOS and Android and their respective catalogs of thousands of casual games.

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PS Vita arrives in some stores in USA and games aplenty

PS Vita arrives in some stores in USA and games aplenty

If you've not already picked up a PS Vita, today might be your lucky day, as many vendors are receiving an amount of early release Limited Edition bundles for everyone. Though the US release was originally going to have a pre-release featured bundle where you'd have to have pre-ordered in order to get one, Sony has apparently decided to ship enough packages for as many people as wanted to get in on the action early as possible. In addition to prices we've got a full list of games you might pick up outside the full range of PlayStation Portable names which are of course available to you right out of the box - do continue on!

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PS Vita spills its guts

PS Vita spills its guts

Sony's PS Vita has gone through a rite of passage today, a teardown to expose its delicate guts: the consumer electronics equivalent of frat hazing. The new portable fell under the attack of iFixit's multitool set, but actually gets a thumbs up for most of its physical design: the screws are all standard, unlike Apple's tendency to use proprietary ones on the iPhone, and many of the components are modular and thus easily replaced.

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PlayStation Vita pre-release bundles have arrived, pre-orders not needed

PlayStation Vita pre-release bundles have arrived, pre-orders not needed

While it should speak volumes that in order to get your hands on a PlayStation Vita before it's "official" release in the USA you do not need to have pre-ordered a unit, it may make more sense to focus on the price. Those of you who've pre-ordered a PSVita should be getting the system in your hands today or at the very least sometime this week, while those who did not pre-order the device will be able to head to their local gaming store today and pick one up for the pre-release bundle price.

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Sony spends $50m to prove PS Vita is relevant

Sony spends $50m to prove PS Vita is relevant

Sony has pumped $50m into its US launch campaign for the PS Vita, targeting hardcore gamers and internet addicts who "Never Stop Playing" as the company attempts to challenge the rise of smartphone gameplay. The promo spend is "the largest platform launch in terms of marketing investment we’ve ever had" senior director for PlayStation handhelds John Koller told the NYTimes, with some of the cash going on getting the PS Vita into gamers' hands for a test play.

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The PS Vita Will Be Sony’s Last Portable

The PS Vita Will Be Sony’s Last Portable

Sony’s PlayStation Vita will be launching soon. The portable will come with dual thumbsticks, a nice, big display, and a design that puts Nintendo’s 3DS to shame. And at a starting price of $249.99, it’s in the sweet spot for serious gamers who want a solid portable.

But just because the PlayStation Vita seems attractive, it doesn’t mean that it’ll be a winner. In fact, I’m a firm believer that the Vita will be Sony’s last portable, and the device that could very well put an end to the company’s entire mobile-gaming division.

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PS Vita keeps mobile gaming, PS3 connectivity at heart of US push

PS Vita keeps mobile gaming, PS3 connectivity at heart of US push

As the PlayStation Vita readies its big release here in the United States, we've got more than enough reason to want to pick one up and not stop playing for days on end. And as the advertising world begins to size up the situation, they've decided to target the gamers amongst use with a tendency to not stop playing unless they must. PlayStation Vita is a gaming system that'll allow you to play your PlayStation 3 games at home, convert your save to your PS Vita machine, continue to play, and play again when you're back to your system - there's no need to play outside every again!

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PlayStation Vita OS coming to Sony Smartphones

PlayStation Vita OS coming to Sony Smartphones

It appears that with the relative success of the Sony PlayStation Vita in its relatively limited release thus far, the operating system aboard has garnered some attention in regards to a possible mobile phone port. When asked this past November what the possibility was for the operating system to be brought to mobile phones was, mister Yoshio Matsumoto, Director of Business and Sony Computer Entertainment SVP noted that though the Vita OS was made for the Vita itself, its applicability was certainly made with other devices in mind, this being the "thin edge of the wedge" for the operating system.

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PS Vita First Edition Bundle unboxed early by Sony

PS Vita First Edition Bundle unboxed early by Sony

Sony's PlayStation Vita portable is set to launch in the US on February 22, but a special First Edition bundle will be arriving on February 15 for those who've pre-ordered. With less than a week to count down for the bundle, Sony's US PR team has posted its own official unboxing video to give a tantalizing preview of the bundle's contents.

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PS Vita US game pricing reveals stingy Sony digital discount

PS Vita US game pricing reveals stingy Sony digital discount

Sony's pricing for PS Vita games in the US has been previewed, with titles showing up in the PSN store since the company began updating PS3 consoles to firmware v4.10. A 10-percent discount is offered on some of the games, users in the NeoGaf forums have discovered, though not all titles are cheaper bought direct from Sony.

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PS Vita 3G priced for February 22 UK launch

PS Vita 3G priced for February 22 UK launch

Sony's PS Vita 3G will hit the UK on February 22, carrier Vodafone has confirmed, on a pre-pay data plan which - when topped up for the first time - will unlock a free download of WipEout 2048. Set to hit the US in 3G form on AT&T also on February 22, the Vita will be priced at £279 ($444) in the UK and come with a 4GB memory card and a pre-pay data SIM.

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Sony confirms no UMD transfer for PS Vita buyers in the US

Sony confirms no UMD transfer for PS Vita buyers in the US

Sony's PS Vita launched to some decently strong sales in Japan back during the holiday season of 2011. Japanese sales of the portable console quickly fell off and are now below 20,000 a week. The Vita is set to launch in the US and if you're hoping to be a get your old UMD PSP games over to the Vita, Sony has announced really bad news. There will be no UMD Passport program in the United States like the program Sony operates in Japan.

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