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Sony Playstation Vita – what you need to know

Sony’s next generation hand-held console is only a month or two away, and we can’t wait to get our hands on this awesome-looking piece of kit.

All signs point to the PS Vita blowing the likes of the Nintendo 3DS out of the water. But will it be able to hold its own in a crowded smartphone market?

Games on smartphones are getting better all the time, and Sony would not have been pleased with the recent launch of On Live on Android phones.

But for the moment, hardcore gamers (and in some cases the more casual gaming types) will always be left wanting just a little bit more from smartphone games. That’s where Sony comes in. Here’s what you need to know about the PS Vita.

You can try before you buy

The PS Vita is not released until February 22, but if you just can’t wait that long there is hope. Sony is planning to tour the UK with the Vita Room – giving fans the chance to try some of the Vita’s new games.

The tour starts on 13th January in Manchester, before travelling to Glasgow, Birmingham and London throughout January and February.

The Vita Room will be equipped with games including Uncharted: Golden Abyss, FIFA 12 , MotorStorm RC, ModNation Racers: Road Trip and Wipeout 2048. There will also be Sony staff on hand to answer any burning questions.

Dr Who comes to the Vita

A trailer for the new Dr Who game was briefly uploaded to YouTube, giving fans a tantalising teaser of what to expect.

The trailer has since been taken down, but the BBC has confirmed that gamers will play as River Song or the Doctor himself.

Rumoured to be released in early 2012, Dr Who: The Eternity Clock will feature a whole new plot and will be available on PC, PS3 and PS Vita.

Multiple PSN accounts

It was rumoured recently that users would only be able to use one PSN account on the PS Vita, meaning that they wouldn’t be able to create accounts for friends or family, or access PS stores in other regions.

Luckily, Sony has said this is (sort of) untrue. PS Vita users will be able to use multiple PSN accounts, but only if they buy additional memory cards. These can be pricey, but it is a step in the right direction at least.