Pre-order sales for Sony Corp.’s Playstation Vita climbed this week at Amazon.com Inc. this week post a Japan release date announcement for the hardware.
This week, the PS Vita Wi-Fi SKU held a 139 percent sales increase to rank at No. 214 in Amazon’s Video Games division this week.
Sony this week said the PS Vita will be sold Dec. 17 in Japan.
A U.S. release is planned for 2012.
Sony in Aug. said it will begin sale of the Playstation Vita in Japan this Dec., but delay the launch in U.S. and Europe until 2012.
The company previously said the handheld would be sold in the U.S. this holiday.
The PS Vita will include dual analog sticks, a 5-inch multi-touch OLED display, 3G & GPS, front and rear touch panels, and a compass on three axes. It will utilize flash-memory game cards.
Hardware specifications include an ARM Cortex A9 4-core CPU, front camera, rear camera, built-in microphone, and Bluetooth 2.1.
The company will partner with AT&T to allow current customers to access Wi-Fi hotspots nationwide.
The PS Vita Party mode will allow users to chat with nearby owners. In addition, near will allow users to play with friends using their PSN ID.
The PS3 160GB Call of Duty: Black Ops Bundle, which began sale May 31, includes the PS3 160GB hardware, a copy of Activision Blizzard Inc.’s Call of Duty: Black Ops, the Call of Duty: Black Ops First Strike DLC Pack, and a Dualshock 3 Controller at $299.99.