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Sunday, February 5, 2012

Try out the PS Vita at GameStop

In typical video game fashion, you can now try out the PS Vita at a GameStop near you.

More than 3,000 demo kiosks have been set up at GameStop locations, part of a partnership between the retail juggernaut and Sony. Games available to demo include Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Escape Plan, ModNation Racers: Road Trip, Little Deviants and more.

The wait is almost over as the PS Vita launches in North America on Feb. 22, or Feb. 15 if you want to pay extra for a special bundle. The cost is $250 for the WiFi version and $300 if you want one with 3G capabilities. Remember, having 3G means paying extra per month through AT&T.

The PS Vita has stumbled out of the gate in Japan, but will Sony's fortunes change in North America? Time will tell, but it's not looking good. While it has plenty of quality launch games, it's competing against a much cheaper 3DS with two big Mario titles in Mario Kart 7 and Super Mario 3D Land. Plus, there's smartphones and tablets that are stealing attention away from dedicated gaming devices. Special PS Vita memory cards also add up, too.

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