Sony's PlayStation Vita is Now Available

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PlayStation VitaSony has released the PlayStation Vita to stores in much of the world. Already available in Japan, Sony's latest portable console is now generally available in North America, Europe and Australia. We're not going very far out on a limb to say that FI doesn't anticipate a rosy future for the Vita. While we think there remains a substantial foreseeable future for home consoles that can present games as well as other entertainment, we don't think there's a lot of room for a portable console (as cool as it may be) in a market suddenly dominated by smartphones and inexpensive tablets.

Before you pass judgment, keep in mind that the Vita has some impressive hardware, including a speedy quad processor, a five-inch OLED touchscreen, a rear touchscreen, dual analog sticks, front- and rear-cameras, a microphone and sensors capable of sensing motion. While the Vita is capable of interacting with the PlayStation 3, Vita owners outside of Japan won't be able to import their PSP games they purchased on UMD. Also keep in mind that if Vita owners want more than the system's paltry memory, they will need to purchase additional memory cards that use a proprietary Sony format.

The Wi-Fi version of the Vita is available for $250, while a 3G/Wi-Fi model (that also requires a monthly data plan costing as much as $50 per month) costs $300. As awesome as the technology may seem, it's FI's opinion that Sony would have to launch an incredible onslaught of inexpensive, exclusive and unbelievably impressive games to make the Vita a viable option, especially since anyone who owned a PSP will have to repurchase legacy content.

The Vita launches with around 25 games, also available as downloads through the PlayStation Store.

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