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PlayStation Vita now available; Netflix, Twitter, and Flickr join the party

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Sony's new handheld game console finally hits store shelves

Japan may have gotten the early jump on some PlayStation Vita love, but the U.S. launch is finally here and the system is now available for all who desire it. We've already spent some serious time with the new handheld, and if you've read our review you know that we were mighty impressed by the pint-sized powerhouse.

The Vita is available in both wifi-only ($249.99) and 3G/wifi ($299.99) flavors, with the latter being powered by AT&T's high-speed data network. You should be able to track one down at any big box store in your area, or of course through online shops such as Amazon. Roughly two dozen games launched alongside the new system; check out our review roundup to see the best of the best.

The PlayStation Store has also been updated for the launch, bringing NetflixTwitter, and Flickr functionality to the console. We've given the apps a spin and found each to work exactly as advertised, with Netflix content looking particularly impressive on the Vita's large OLED display.

The apps are free to download — a Netflix subscription is required to access the content, of course — and take up minimal room on whatever size storage device you have equipped. For a full rundown of the titles and accessories available today, check out our Vita launch guide, and if you can't wait to see the system in action, we have plenty of game trailers ready for you to drool over.

This article originally appeared on Tecca

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