The Vita, which Sony is hailing as the successor to the PlayStation Portable, is expected to surpass the company’s previous gaming handhelds, offering improved graphics quality, speed, and sound. According to IGN.com, it’s the most technologically advanced handheld to date, with a quad-core processor, an OLED multitouch screen, a rear touch panel, front- and rear-facing cameras, the Sixaxis motion-sensing system, Wi-Fi, and optional 3G connectivity.
The Vita will be released in Japan on December 17, and released in Europe and North America on February 22, 2012. The Vita is expected to cost $249 for a Wi-Fi version and $299 for a 3G model. You can buy it when it comes out in stores, or preorder online from Sony or via other retailers such as Gamestop.