Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. is forecasting brisk sales, although the launch may have missed some holiday shoppers. A successful debut would help the company counteract the rest of its struggling business.
Sony projects a loss of over $1 billion for the fiscal year through March 2012, which would be its 4th straight annual loss.
The device is a touch-interface and motion-sensitive handheld observed as a successor to the PlayStation Portable. Gamers can connect over cell phone networks and Wi-Fi hotspots, and use GPS location-tracking technology.
The Vita has front and back cameras, a touchscreen in front, a touch pad on the back and two bulges like joysticks. It will allow gamers to play against each other using PlayStation 3 consoles over the Internet-based PlayStation Network, a system that was strike with a huge hacking attack earlier this year.
Vita’s launch will heat up competition with rival Nintendo Co.’s 3DS.The PS Vita goes on sale in North America and Europe on February 22.