Sony's upcoming PS Vita handheld console finally has a firm release date in the Western markets.
Speaking at the Web 2.0 summit in San Francisco Tuesday, Sony Computer Entertainment of America president and CEO Jack Tretton formally announced that the system will be available February 22nd 2012 in North America, Latin America and Europe.
The two versions of the console -- one with Wi-Fi only and one with both Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity -- will be priced at $249.99 and $299.99, respectively, in both Canada and the United States.
The launch price in Europe will be €249.99 and €299.99.
"PlayStation Vita will redefine traditional boundaries of gaming and blur the lines between entertainment and reality," said Tretton in a statement.
The console will make its global debut in Japan on December 17.
According to Sony, over 100 games are currently in production for the console.