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Sony Announces Vodafone Partnership For European PS Vita 3G.

  • November 21, 2011 12:43 pm

U.S. PS Vita owners have but one choice — AT&T. It appears European owners will have fate/option as well (at least for now) as Sony has officially spilled the beans on their European carrier partners for the European bound PS Vita. Vodafone will be the “preferred partner” for the near-term which seems to point to a potential second, third, or more additions in carrier support later on down the road.

The list of European launch countries under Vodafone’s reach include: UK, Ireland, Italy, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Australia, New Zealand and The Netherlands (SFR in France).

Pricing for the PS Vita 3G will be €299.99 (£261), with the WiFi-only version going for €50 less at €249.99 (£217). Any potential monthly/one-time fee for 3G service hasn’t been divulged. Also unknown — whether or not the initial batch of 3G PS Vitas are tied to Vodafone permanently or will have the option to be unlocked and roam to another carrier at some point in the future.

For fans of Sony’s mobile gaming platform who want the ultimate mobility by way of 3G service, how is the PS Vita shaping up for you?

Sony To Charge PS Vita Owners To Download Already Owned UMD Media.

  • November 11, 2011 7:25 am


Sony isn’t exactly one of our favorite companies for a number of reasons spanning multiple decades. But every time we try to give Sony the benefit of the doubt they go and do something like this — Sony has announced that PS Vita owners looking to make the move from the PSP/UMD environment to the Vita’s all-digital one can download already purchased UMD games and media at a discounted rate by way of the “UMD Passport” app. The app will scan all of your games for legitimacy and then credit your account accordingly. Pricing for the newly discounted media will be between 100 and 2,400 yen (~$6.50-$13). U.S. pricing hasn’t been announced yet.

We’ll quickly admit that something is better than nothing. But charging to re-download something you’re already paid for? It just doesn’t seem very pro-consumer. On that note, Sony isn’t the only company who’s taken this route in the past and certainly won’t be the last. Then again we thought we were moving away from these ridiculous policies towards a more common sense driven model. Perhaps we were wrong.

Say what you will about critics of Sony’s new plan being “whiners” or suffering from too much “entitlement”. All this is is Sony doing it wrong, plain and simple.

PS Vita Release Date Being Announced In September At Tokyo Game Show.

  • August 5, 2011 11:44 am


If you happen to love yourself a fine Sony product you might just want to tune into the Tokyo Game Show this September. It is at that point that Sony will announce the official (Japan) launch date of the PS Vita, the PSP’s successor. The announcement (not translated) comes by way of SCEJ President, Hiroshi Kawano.

For U.S./European users, the news is bittersweet. It’s already been confirmed via Sony that the PS Vita won’t be launching anywhere outside of Japan in 2011, so September’s announcement won’t benefit us in the least. But if you’re the type who wows their friends with Japanese-only gadgets, September might turn out quite well for you after all.

Sony Falters: PS Vita Japan-Only Until 2012.

  • August 4, 2011 7:53 am


Too bad Sony won’t make the holiday shopping season in the U.S. and Europe — two markets that generated 40+% of their revenue last fiscal year — as we’re sure a fair amount of mobile gamers would bite.

The bad news comes by way of Sony’s own Kazuo Hirai, top lieutenant of king pin Howard Stringer, who claims the PS Vita will launch in Japan late this year first, and hit U.S. and European markets sometime early next year. Originally, the company mentioned a vague “late 2011″ staggered release for the device.

As disappointing as delays are — and believe us, they’re heart wrenching — we simply weren’t all that impressed by the Vita. Apparently our expectations our too high.

Now that your Christmas wish list was just chopped at the knees, what are you going to replace it with?

More Evidence Points To “PS Vita” Coming To E3.

  • June 1, 2011 8:24 pm

Previous reports that Sony was killing the PSP branding with the upcoming NGP -> “PS Vita” got another shot of credibility tonight. Besides the fact that Sony owns the trademark for “Vita”, we have the discovery of one determined NeoGAF user by the name of “gofreak”. Gofreak found some rather interesting code stuffed inside Sony’s E3 teaser page specifically mentioning the PS Vita. Of course, NGP could just be another interchangeable code name similar to “PS Vita”. Guess, we’ll have to wait a few more days until the “official” announcement by Sony. What will you do in the meantime…?

Sony To Kill PSP Brand With PS Vita (NGP)?

  • May 30, 2011 2:54 pm


Mounting evidence is pointing to the end of Sony’s “PSP” brand when the currently unnamed NGP device gets it’s official commercial lettering. First and foremost, a new image showing an NGP render has the words “PS Vita” underneath the display. Such things are easily photoshopped. However, a second and much more credible piece of evidence comes by the way of “vita.scedev.net” resolving to SCE Dev Net — a current Sony website for hardware developer support.

For now all of this is nothing but piles of rumor and salt until Sony makes things a bit more official at E3 next week. As always, we’ll stay on top of the latest NGP/PS Vita news.