Sony has announced that a white version of the PlayStation Vita will launch in Japan on June 28th. It will sell at the same price as the original black base model and is sold in Wi-Fi only or 3G versions, reported CNet.
The new edition of the portable PlayStation device will be referred to as Crystal White,' with ear phones sporting the same title to match. However, there has been no word on whether the color-counterpart model will make its way to the United States.
Sometimes these alternatively colored Sony products reside in Japan for a little while and eventually roll out elsewhere, CNet's Christopher McManus writes, warning fans to be patient. It's possible that Sony will reveal more details about the 'Crystal White' Western debut at this year's E3 expo in Los Angeles in early June.
But American PlayStation players aren't the only ones waiting in anticipation. European gamers may not be seeing the new 'Crystal White' gadget any time soon either, as VG247 reports.
We do not have plans currently to bring the White PS Vita to the SCEE region, but it will monitor demand and continuously evaluate the situation, a rep said to the gaming website.
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A limited edition white Vita will also make its debut in Japan this August, CNet says. This handheld will feature an image of popular video game character and singer Hatsune Miku on the rear touchpad. This special version will contain a 4GB memory card and several augmented reality cards. The device, which is said to cost 10,000 yen ($125) more than the normal model, will be released on August 30th in Japan alongside rhythm game Next Hatsune Miku Project Diva.
Nintendo legend Shigeru Miyamoto offered some insight into what truly makes a successful handheld gaming system, according to ComputerAndVideoGames.com.
It's obviously a very high-spec machine and you can do lots of things with it, but I don't really see the combination of software and hardware that really makes a very strong product, he said.
The PlayStation Vita was released in February 2012, succeeding the PlayStation Portable (PSP) of 2005. First edition bundles of the PS Vita sold out upon release, according to Gamespot, and Engadget reported that by Feb. 28th more than 1.2 million units have been sold worldwide.
Check out the unveil video below.