E3 2011: Vita tiered pricing lands at $250 and $300

Sony confirms premium 3G model and Wi-Fi-only edition of upcoming handheld; AT&T confirmed as exclusive service provider; global launch begins in late 2011.

LOS ANGELES--The headline news to come out of Sony's E3 2011 press conference today was confirmation of the NGP's official name: PlayStation Vita. Following the device's announcement, Sony offered additional details on price and stock-keeping unit (SKU) configurations. Sony also confirmed that the Vita will "successively launch in [the] global market starting [at] the end of 2011."

NGP's premium 3G-enabled SKU will cost $300.

The Vita will come in two different retail configurations: a high-speed 3G model and a Wi-Fi-only model. The top-end 3G model, which boasts a mobile broadband connection, will cost $299 (¥29,980, €299). The Wi-Fi model will cost $249 (¥24,980, €249).

Sony also announced that AT&T will be the exclusive service provider in the US for the Vita. Customers who buy into AT&T's service plan for the Vita will also have free access to more than 24,000 Wi-Fi hot spots nationwide. Sony said that additional details regarding AT&T data plans and pricing will be announced at a later date.

When it ships, Vita will come preinstalled with a couple of different programs. "Near" will let Vita owners see what other users are or have been playing, as well as let them share information between handhelds. The program also enables location-based gaming features, such as "gifting," which lets Vita owners give away virtual goods.

The "Party" application will also come preloaded on new Vitas, offering owners the ability to engage in voice or text chat, both in, out, and between games. Vita will also include a "Welcome Park," which is designed to walk users through the system's features.

Check out GameSpot's full rundown of the Vita for more on what to expect from the handheld. Hands-on footage of the Vita can also be viewed through GameSpot's Tonight on the Spot broadcast.

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BasilVZero
BasilVZero

I'll rather have the 250 dollar version, I'm buying the vita for gaming not for some additional features. A 250 dollar vita seems more reasonable than a 250 dollar 3DS.

SUPERSAMMOSSAUC
SUPERSAMMOSSAUC

Im guessing battery life will be better with catridge based systemt is it using memeory stick or sd

SUPERSAMMOSSAUC
SUPERSAMMOSSAUC

i think 299aus would be a fatastic price and be competitve at lauch this holiday season.

pieham
pieham

Well, Initially I Was Shocked With How Low The Prices We're & i thought it was a definite Buy But Today I Looked At A Local Pre-Order In UK & The Price Was no where near i was expecting ( I Was Expecting £180 Because exchange rates) Instead £229 Showed up....Sigh

mamkem6
mamkem6

too expensive to use 3g in croatia

mamkem6
mamkem6

no 3g service in Croatia and who knows when it will be

arbrooks28
arbrooks28

I so want "constant online" or 3G....but I bet AT&T will charge +80$ a month for unlimited. Why, cause they can. Their towers/service is already bogged down and limited so much that their network is unreliable. I used to have AT&T.....I had to drive to the next town over just to use my phone without roaming charges. I bought the plan in a larger city when I was out one day. Sigh.

okassar
okassar

Unlimited 3G for 300 dollars? Hell yea. Now I can take online gaming on a handheld seriously. With WiFi only I figured what the hell if I'm using my home's WiFi I might as well play on a home system.

asian_pride69
asian_pride69

I like the pricing, could compete with the 3DS. Shame for the AT&T thing.

SuperfastSonic
SuperfastSonic

If I can actually play games without the battery running out in under 4 hours, then this is a win.

MuffintopX
MuffintopX

Affordable! The AT&T part sucks tho. Guess I will get the Wi-Fi version and use my Droid as a hotspot when necessary.

chyng85
chyng85

Oops, it's not expensive~

TimboII
TimboII

What I find funny is that the Vita has a better online community setup than the PS3.

DeViLzzz
DeViLzzz

I don't understand all that jail breaking mumbo jumbo and so on and with that said will we be able to use this with our own current cellphone provider ?

fkbwii
fkbwii

Buying this day one!

Shinobi120
Shinobi120

Sweet! With better graphics, & more features in this thing, this will surely sway me to buy this over the 3DS, especially now that it is offering at the same price tag as the 3DS is now. Plus there will be plenty of good games coming out for it. :)

XenoLair
XenoLair

Stabbed us Europeans in the back thats for sure.

atopp399
atopp399

Sony just landed themselves a sale with me at $250. As long as the only thing different is the 3G anyway.

And only a fool would say the 3DS doesn't stand a chance. Different types of games on each system. Mario, Pokemon Zelda, Metorid...etc are the types of games people buy a 3DS for. They buy Sony handheld for the FPS games and whatever else will be out there.

I haven't owned a Sony System since early PS2 days but at the price they are releasing the Vita I will probably get one. They aren't shooting themselves in the foot this time like they did with the PS3, which I still do not own.

KhanhAgE
KhanhAgE

>varunvikram1 The 3DS is $350 in Australia, and our money is worth more than the US dollar. So how is Nintendo consistent with prices? Oh, right. They're not...

xall3gianc3x
xall3gianc3x

@hunter8man they have a contract with AT&T because the technology AT&T uses is more common around the world. Verizon's technology is not that popular. Great prices for this thing. 3DS goes for 249. hmph

hunter8man
hunter8man

They might want to rethink an exclusive deal with the worst carrier out there. AT&T is garbage. Just for that, I'll forgo 3G and get the Wi-Fi version.

Sigil-otaku
Sigil-otaku

@varunvikram1 Sony has always given preference to america price wise, content wise to japan and left europe to fester but that's what we expect from them now (I honestly don't know why people put up with it).

varunvikram1
varunvikram1

does sony know how to convert prices cause it costs like 310$ in japan, 350$ in euro/uk. US is 250, these prices are "countrist". Atleast nintendo is consistent with the 3ds prices throughout the world.

zoeyleft
zoeyleft

so cheap!!! wow!! totally gonna pre-order as soon as i can

ShadowofSonic
ShadowofSonic

Um people,all I care about is its battery power! DS=9 hours=YAY , 3DS=3-ish hours=SH*T Dont let me down sony!

Tgd11
Tgd11

whats an ipad?

vherostar
vherostar

Indeed 3DS aint got a chance at a similar price point.

jecht_35
jecht_35

yes now I can afford both systems. really I don't think 3DS has to worry all to much about the PSVita they both have a following for diffrent reasons I personally want to experience what both can do.

Ex-DarkBlade
Ex-DarkBlade

@monson21502, Millions of real gamers would buy PS Vita over the IPad because PS Vita is way more powerful than a IPad and cheaper.

Supabul
Supabul

Good news, this means Nintendo will cut the price of 3DS to $199

rasterror
rasterror

They seriously needed a screen capture feature for the NGP during the conference. That said, despite the terrible name I will be getting one, maybe even day one.

Diophage
Diophage

At first Vita sounded weird to me, but now it has a nice ring to it. I also like the meaning of the word.

Echomehn
Echomehn

PSV looks awesome! :) A steady pricing given by Sony, well to have a power house like that in your bag every where you go is amazing! :D

jarp01
jarp01

@punkpunker hummm... and why the hate over nintendo? did they stole your girlfriend or did something bad to you? o.o

punkpunker
punkpunker

good thing i hold off my savings to buy this! PSV is the only platform where PS and Xbox users can unite against nintendo...

Coolwhip9001
Coolwhip9001

Sony should really thank Nintendo. Thanks to the 3DS people percieve the Vita as cheap at 250 dollars. Without the 3DS people would have gone mental for sure.

CorruptGamerGX
CorruptGamerGX

@monson21502 Who would buy Vita over an iPad? Any SANE gamer perhaps. Enjoy paying $600 for a useless tablet while everyone else has fun with real gaming.

sonicpNiNe9
sonicpNiNe9

This is the first time sony "named" one of its products to be honest...PS1...PS2...PSportable...PS3... Other than the trademarked name "Playstation", none of the other consoles had any other name other than a literal indication of what the console is.

warrner11
warrner11

PSV.... PlayStation Vita... This is life.... This... is PlayStation OX/\[ ]

warrner11
warrner11

@monson21402 ummmmm.....me???? i do like to play REAL games on a REAL gaming machine. And for the price of that pad i could roll a few launch titles for the PSV(ooooo i love sayin that) when it comes out.

KhanhAgE
KhanhAgE

>punkdsk8erdude Nintendo is selling the 3DS for $250, and the thing is much weaker (tech wise) than the PS Vita. There was a point when in parts of Europe the Wii was selling for more than the X360. Nintendo is in the game to make a profit. The Cafe is going to sell for ~$400.

monson21502
monson21502

i bet apple is happy with this price...who would buy this over a ipad????????????

Spacerac
Spacerac

Much as I dug the 3DS, Nintendo's gonna have to drop the price to compete.

monson21502
monson21502

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Gaming-Planet
Gaming-Planet

I like calling it PSV instead. Vita just sounds stupid.

Gaming-Planet
Gaming-Planet

Good price. Was afraid of it being $400 or something.