Sony has finally confirmed the PS Vita UK release date as 22nd February 2012, coinciding with a simultaneous US and European release date.
The announcement was made by SCEA boss Jack Tretton and was further confirmed by the EU PlayStation blog
The Japanese release date for the PS Vita was confirmed as December 17th, meaning that UK gamers will have an additional three Vita-less months to wait before they get their hands on the next generation handheld.
The PS Vita may seem a rival for Nintendo's 3DS but is more likely to go up against devices like the iPad 2 and various Android tablets for UK gamers portable gaming needs.
The PS Vita UK price is expected to be around 229 GBP, for the wi-fi only model, with 3G enabled PS Vita's available for around 279 GBP.
Still with a UK release date of February 22nd now confirmed, it's probably time to start saving those pennies with 2012 offering a bold new frontier in portable gaming.