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.
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."
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 $249 (¥24,980, €249).
Sony also announced that AT&T will be the exclusive service provider in the US for the Vita. Customers who buy into AT&T's service plan for the Vita will also have free access to more than 24,000 Wi-Fi hot spots nationwide. Sony said that additional details regarding AT&T data plans and pricing will be announced at a later date.
When it ships, Vita will come preinstalled with a couple of different programs. "Near" will let Vita owners see what other users are or have been playing, as well as let them share information between handhelds. The program also enables location-based gaming features, such as "gifting," which lets Vita owners give away virtual goods.
The "Party" application will also come preloaded on new Vitas, offering owners the ability to engage in voice or text chat, both in, out, and between games. Vita will also include a "Welcome Park," which is designed to walk users through the system's features.
Well, Initially I Was Shocked With How Low The Prices We're & i thought it was a definite Buy But Today I Looked At A Local Pre-Order In UK & The Price Was no where near i was expecting ( I Was Expecting £180 Because exchange rates) Instead £229 Showed up....Sigh
I so want "constant online" or 3G....but I bet AT&T will charge +80$ 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.
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.
Affordable! The AT&T part sucks tho. Guess I will get the Wi-Fi version and use my Droid as a hotspot when necessary.
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 ?
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. :)
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.
>varunvikram1 The 3DS is $350 in Australia, and our money is worth more than the US dollar. So how is Nintendo consistent with prices? Oh, right. They're not...
@hunter8man they have a contract with AT&T because the technology AT&T uses is more common around the world. Verizon's technology is not that popular. Great prices for this thing. 3DS goes for 249. hmph
They might want to rethink an exclusive deal with the worst carrier out there. AT&T is garbage. Just for that, I'll forgo 3G and get the Wi-Fi version.
@varunvikram1 Sony has always given preference to america price wise, content wise to japan and left europe to fester but that's what we expect from them now (I honestly don't know why people put up with it).
does sony know how to convert prices cause it costs like 310$ in japan, 350$ in euro/uk. US is 250, these prices are "countrist". Atleast nintendo is consistent with the 3ds prices throughout the world.
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!
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.
@monson21502, Millions of real gamers would buy PS Vita over the IPad because PS Vita is way more powerful than a IPad and cheaper.
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.
At first Vita sounded weird to me, but now it has a nice ring to it. I also like the meaning of the word.
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
@punkpunker hummm... and why the hate over nintendo? did they stole your girlfriend or did something bad to you? o.o
good thing i hold off my savings to buy this! PSV is the only platform where PS and Xbox users can unite against nintendo...
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.
@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.
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.
@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.
>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.
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