The wait's not much longer, nerds. You'll be able to get your hands on a PlayStation Vita around Christmas. If you're Japanese, that is, because it's launching in Japan on December 17, 2011. The rest of the world will have to wait. It's launching in 2012 elsewhere. The good news is that all Vitas will be region free, so you'll be able to play games from any region with a Japanese Vita, just like the PS3. The only questions that remain now are if the Japanese version OS will be in English (I doubt it), if the launch games will be English (maybe the ones made by European/American studios) and if any Vita units will make their way here before Christmas (I am willing to bet yes!).
As for the price, it's 24,980 yen for the Wi-Fi version and 29,980 yen for the 3G version. Or P15,000 and P17,000 respectively. That's not bad at all. But as it goes with game console launches and the grey market, expect the price to skyrocket.
Finally, the games that will be available at launch have also been announced and there's a whopping 26 of them. If anything, developer support is the one thing that tells me that this new console will be a success. I remember when the PSP launched, we had like two decent games to play: Ridge Racer and Wipeout. Now you're spoilt for choice. Click here for the full list of the 26 games. My favorites are:
BlazBlue: Continuum Shift II Plus (This will do nicely until Tekken comes along.)
Uncharted: Golden Abyss (Uncharted!!!)
Disgaea 3: Return (I love Disgaea games. They're a laugh a minute.)
Katamari no Biita (Is this Katamari?)
Ridge Racer (What's a PlayStation launch without Ridge Racer?)
I'm willing to wait for the dust to settle in 2012, but I'm psyched! The Vita looks like it's going to be awesome. Yes, even though it's named after my grandmother, the late Vita Castañeda, bless her soul.