Playstation Vita Launching February 22nd in North America

Many people were upset when Sony announced that they're highly anticipated Playstation Vita portable device -- the successor to the PSP -- would not be hitting North American store shelves before the end of the year.

At the Tokyo Game Show last month, the company gave us plenty of new details for the device, including a release date... for Japanese consumers at least.

The device will be hitting store shelves across the Pacific on December 17th 2011, which is fine for the dozens, maybe hundreds of people who celebrate Christmas in Japan. For the rest of us, we'll have to settle for boring old 3DS's this holiday season. Yesterday, Sony announced that the Vita will be hitting North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Australia on February 22nd, 2011.

Jack Tretton announced the news at the Web Summit 2.0, along with a confirmation of the devices two versions: the $249.99 wifi version, and of course the $299.99 3G + wifi version on AT&T (no word yet on any international carriers).

Details on the Vita's specifications

There hasn't been word on an official launch line-up of games for the device yet, but we're certain to get news and confirmations as the weeks and months roll ahead. The Japan release date in December will be especially relevant for this. One of the key talking points about the Vita has been the necessity for a strong launch line-up, something that failed the 3DS's launch earlier this year. Sony has promised that over 100 games are in development, and brought over 30 of them to the Tokyo Game Show, most of which are expected for international releases.

The system will be highlighted by, among others, totally original Uncharted and Resistance games, semi-ports of LittleBigPlanet and Modnation Racers, and a ridiculous amount of 3rd party titles, including games for Assassin's Creed, Call of Duty, Marvel vs Capcom, and, eventually, even a Bioshock game.

We still have a while left to go, but we're already excited for the Vita's launch next February. More details as they are made available.