Sony to release latest hand held gaming device

NEW YORK - Sony's PlayStation Vita debuts in the U.S. and Europe tomorrow. It's aimed at hardcore players looking for something with a bit more punch than "Angry Birds," "Words With Friends" and other smartphone pastimes.

A basic, Wi-Fi version will retail at $250. One that can access 3G cellular networks will go for $300 plus monthly service fees from AT&T.

Sony plans a $50 billion marketing blitz. The company concedes it may not be an easy sell, as more people have grown accustomed to playing games on handheld devices that also make phone calls, shoot video, connect to the Internet, play songs and send text messages. I

t's counting on gamers who want dedicated gaming devices. The Vita is already available in Japan.

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