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E3: Sony Plans 'Phased Rollout' of PS Vita in Late 2011

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Sony unveiled the PlayStation Vita, its next-generation gaming portable, at E3 Monday and now the company has served up some more details, including a rather vague release schedule for the device formerly known as NGP.

The PS Vita will have a "phased rollout" across Sony Computer Entertainment's regional markets beginning at the end of 2011, the company said in a Vita FAQ posted Tuesday.

Sony recapped a lot of the pricing and spec details announced Monday at the E3 conference in Los Angeles. The Vita comes in a Wi-Fi version priced at $249 and with both Wi-Fi and 3G enabled in a device that costs $299 and, in the U.S., requires a contract with exclusive mobile broadband provider AT&T.

The Vita's OLED display is five inches with a 16:9 aspect ratio and 960 x 544 pixel resolution, providing 16,770,000 colors displayed.
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Oddly, Sony didn't answer its own direct FAQ question as to whether the Vita will actually be sold by AT&T in the U.S., or by any other broadband partner it teams up with in other countries.

The company did say that the Vita doesn't work as a phone. Also, available case colors won't be revealed until the launch.

The Vita doesn't connect to Bluetooth keyboard/mouse combos, nor does it connect to the PlayStation 3 wireless controller like Sony's PSPgo. Stereoscopic 3D wasn't integrated in the Vita because Sony "decided not to install it."

Buying Vita games and other content will be done through the PlayStation Store, which is available to users of both Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi/3G models, or by purchasing "the new game medium" from retailers.

So what's the new game medium?
 
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