Sony Computer Entertainment has (somewhat unexpectedly) confirmed the PlayStation Vita will launch in Australia and New Zealand on February 23, 2012. Also somewhat unexpected: The price – AUD $349.95 in Australia, and NZD $449.95 for the wi-fi only model. If you want 3G as well, that’ll be an extra hundred bucks – AUD$449.95 and NZD$549.95.
This puts Antipodean gamers just one day after North America, Europe, Africa and the Middle East, who get theirs on February 22. Europeans will fork over €249.99 for the Wi-fi only, and €299.99 for 3G.
To compare, the PSP is just $189.95 in Australia. Nintendo‘s 3DS and DSi XL is is AU$249.95, while the DSi is $199.95. (All prices are, of course, recommended retail.)
Michael Ephraim, Managing Director, Sony Computer Entertainment Australia and New Zealand is a little pleased:
PlayStation Vita is a revolutionary device, which will offer the best possible portable gaming experiences available on the market. Its impressive feature set is designed to provide the ultimate gaming experiences on the go. This, combined with social connectivity means there will be not only innovative new ways to play, but also new ways to connect with others. We are incredibly excited about the upcoming launch of PlayStation Vita.
We caught up with the Vita again over the weekend, having another little play with the device, and the technology has improved again significantly in just the few short months since we saw it at E3. Stay tuned for our new video interview chatting about what’s changed, coming your way very soon.