Just prior to the Vita being named and priced at E3, a report circulated suggesting that the system's RAM had been halved, getting cut down from 512MB to 256MB. This was supposedly in order to make it possible to sell the system at a price between $250 and $300 for the low-end model. When a $249.99 price was announced at E3, this was generally accepted to be true -- but that's not the case, as we learned today.
Sony issued a press release today talking about Vita's social media support -- namely, it will support Foursquare along with Facebook, Twitter, and Skype. It also lists many of Vita's internal specs, including the fact that Vita sports 512MB of RAM along with 128MB of dedicated VRAM.
That should help put to rest any fears that the system had been compromised in order to be sold for $249.99. The original PlayStation Portable, by contrast, had only 32MB of RAM, while later revisions doubled that to 64MB.
An exact release date for Vita has yet to be announced. It's coming this year in Japan, followed by sometime during early 2012 in both North America and Europe.