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Sony PlayStation Vita may be arriving in October

Handheld console might be landing earlier than expected

By MARK JONES

Published: 2 August, 2011

READ MORE: US | Sony Corp | Handset

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It looks like Sony's PlayStation Vita may be arriving before the holiday season this year according to a leaked Blockbuster advertisement from the UK which has hit the web via a tipster over at IGN. The flyer suggests that both the Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi + 3G versions of the device will go on sale on October 28. If that advert is genuine then it's a solid indication that the handheld console will be arriving in the US and UK before the end of the year.

The Xperia Play may have landed with a whimper, and the 3DS also hasn't done as well as many were expecting, but it looks like the PlayStation Vita may offer the best of both worlds. Not only will it be a console with a price which is closer to how much a handheld should cost rather than what a high-end smartphone costs but it will come with 3G connectivity. While the 3DS will still be the only console to come with a 3D display if its sales compared to the previous model of the DS are anything to go by then consumers aren't too bothered about paying extra for the display technology.

With a design which should please fans of the original PSP the PlayStation Vita packs some decent hardware including an ARM Cortex A9 core processor, SGX543MP4+ GPU and a 5" display. It will also offer front and rear facing cameras as well as GPS, Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity essentially turning it into a smartphone, something which Nintendo was reluctant to do with the 3DS.

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With a price set at $249 for the Wi-Fi only version, and $299 for the model which includes 3G things look a lot more hopeful for the device than the ill-fated PSP go or the the Xperia Play. There's no word yet on carrier subsidies but even without it's still not prohibitively priced. It looks good on paper but the massive hit it Sony took earlier in the year, especially in terms of its customers trust, when its PlayStation Network got hacked may reflect itself in the sales.

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