Sony have finally announced that their upcoming PlayStation Vita handheld will launch throughout Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Australasia from 22 February 2012. Available from £229.99 (RRP) for the Wi-Fi model and £279.99 (RRP) for the 3G/Wi-Fi model.

“PlayStation Vita is an incredible device that offers the best possible portable gaming experiences. Its revolutionary mix of features combined with social connectivity, delivers a platform for gamers to play games in a whole new way and to connect with their friends and the world around them,” said Jim Ryan, President and CEO, SCEE. “We’re very excited to launch a portable gaming device that goes beyond anything available on the market and is positioned to deliver the uncompromised gaming experiences consumers have been asking for.”

PS Vita system will bring new ways to play through a unique feature set such as a the vibrant OLED front touch screen and rear touch pad, dual analog sticks, motion sensors, and dual cameras. With more than 80 games currently in production from first and third party studios including LittleBigPlanet, Wipeout 2048, Resistance: Burning Skies, Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed, EA Sports’ FIFA, Activision’s Call of Duty,  with more promised.

In addition, with both 3G and Wi-Fi support, PS Vita will draw consumers deeper into the gameplay experience and enable them to connect and play with the world around them, including their friends and other PS Vita owners through native PS Vita applications – near, and Party. A variety of social networking and communications services such as Facebook, foursquare, Skype, and Twitter will also be available on PS Vita.

Hopefully this will mean Sony will be showing the final build of the platform off soon, more on that when it happens.