Pre-order sales for Sony Corp. Uncharted: Golden Abyss for the Playstation Vita increased this week post release date announcement for the new handheld.

This week, Uncharted: Golden Abyss held a 504 percent sales increase to rank at No. 295 in Amazon’s Video Games division.

Uncharted: Golden Abyss is a new installment in the franchise that will include touch-based functionality in addition to traditional controls.

The PS Vita will be sold in the U.S Feb. 22.

The handheld will launch simultaneously in Europe, Canada and Latin America the same day.

It will be sold in Japan Dec. 17.

The PS Vita will include the 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 Inc. 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 Wi-Fi only model will sell at $249.99. The 3G model will sell at $299.99.

Sony in Aug. released the Limited Edition PSP Sports Entertainment Pack at $159.99.

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