Sony Corp. this week said it will begin sale of the Playstation Vita handheld in the U.S Feb. 22.
The handheld will launch simultaneously in Europe, Canada and Latin America the same day.
The PS Vita will be sold in Japan Dec. 17. Pre-orders in the region began Oct. 15.
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.