Sony has announced that the PlayStation Vita, the successor to the PlayStation Portable, will be launched here on the 23rd of February, 2012.

The PlayStation Vita comes in two editions, WiFi and 3G/WiFi. The WiFi model is to retail at NZ$449.95, the 3G/WiFi model will retail at NZ$549.95.

There are more than 80 games in production for the PlayStation Vita. Games published by Sony include new titles in the successful LittleBigPlanet, Uncharted and Resistance franchises. Games by third-party publishers include blockbusters such as Assassin’s Creed, FIFA and Call of Duty.

Gameplanet went hands-on with a prototype of the PlayStation Vita earlier this year.