Yes, The NGP Is Called PlayStation Vita, AT&T To Be U.S. Mobile Carrier

By Ishaan . June 6, 2011 . 6:30pm

Yes, Sony’s Next Generation Portable is officially called the PlayStation Vita. According to Sony’s Kazuo Hirai, “Vita means life”.

 

The device will come in both Wi-Fi and 3G models, and Sony will partner with AT&T as an exclusive mobile carrier for the device in the U.S.


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  • OneOkami

    I booed as soon as Kaz said AT&T then LMAO when people in the audience joined me.

    EDIT: BTW, I dunno if this was brought up before but has anyone noticed that link to the Amazon listing has it for $299.99?”

    • http://honorless.net honorless

      Apparently that’s the price for the 3G + Wi-Fi model. (The Wi-Fi only model is $250.) http://www.joystiq.com/2011/06/06/playstation-vita-launches-globally-by-end-of-2011-starting-at/ << Press release.

      The thing will live or die by its library, naturally, but that price is like SHOTS FIRED.

      • SetzerGabbiani

        A clear direct shot at Nintendo.  But like you said, it will be the software where it lives or dies. 

        I still can’t help but think that this video has been played before.  Game Gear vs. Gameboy, DS vs. PSP (in the U.S. at least).  That price is a clear gut punch though.  Reggie will have something to say tomorrow probably.

        • YsyDoesIt

           I pray, for Nintendo’s sake, something about the 3DS/Vita price-point is addressed.  I keep seeing similarities arising between the direction Nintendo is heading and the direction Sega found itself in, especially with the timed release of their hardware lately and their ever-floundering/not-yet-resuscitated 3rd party support.

          • SetzerGabbiani

            3rd party support has never been a problem for their handhelds though.  Only the consoles.

            The gloom and doom chatter about Nintendo has been around forever.  The company is too well run and too experienced in the portable market to let Sony push them around.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_S2UKKIGGOA4V5EIFXAD7BQQOV4 Heehee

      They’ll update that soon now that the price has been set. Besides, it’s the price anyway for the version with 3G.

    • puchinri

      The price will probably go up (probably just a little bit), but if you pre-order stuff on Amazon before the price goes up, don’t you get the lower price? I suppose if it stays at $300, then that’s awesome. But if people pre-order/reserve it now and it goes up, good for them~. Win-win either way, kinda sorta…

  • nyoron

    LOL AT&T
    The crowd reaction was amazing.
    Seriously though that sucks :(

    • http://www.twitter.com/christaran Chris Taran

      Meh, I like AT&T. Never had a problem with them.

      • nyoron

        I’ve had nothing but problems with them. For one thing I get no AT&T reception in my house whereas Verizon is fine…

        Anyway, they just ensured I won’t be getting the 3G version so on the bright side I guess I get to save some money.

        • http://twitter.com/VietKnight Alexander Le

          I also heard AT&T is merging with another cellular company also but don’t know if it is true or not.

          • SetzerGabbiani

            T-mobile supposedly.  That was supposed to happen weeks ago though.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1362710807 Nick Turner

            Yeah I work for them they are merging with T-mobile but it will take them almost a year before it actually goes through.  Anyway the fact that ATT is associated with this is a huge turn off for me wifi here I come.

    • Testsubject909

      No problem for me. I’m relying only on Wifi.

    • http://denpanosekai.blogspot.com denpanosekai

      What was the reaction like? Good or Bad?

      • Shadow_Raskolnik

        I think some people actually laughed, but overall it seemed kind of positive.

    • fallen

      Thanks for mentioning that. I looked up the clip, and you’re right… Hilarious.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6bs-Gd6KMXU (around the 1:20 mark)

    • doomspeller10

      Guess I’ll be getting the wifi-only version… when I can afford it. T_T

  • http://tristsantithesis.tumblr.com/ Tsunayoshi Sawada

    Day 1 Baby Day 1!!!!!!

  • jello44

    PSVitametavegamin.

    It’s looking good so far.

  • nyobzoo

    I was expecting AT&T

  • http://twitter.com/ShinZeta2 Antonio Garcia

    Meh. NGP was awesome… Vita…sucks.

    • z_merquise

      We can just call it PSV then. It sounds better.

  • theworldofnoboundries

    I don’t understand? Since when did Portable gaming need mobile carrier partnership.

    I hope this won’t be a trend for other console developer as for me i still think that a system that could not take a phone call should not need to have moblie carrier.

    • OneOkami

      Online connectivity is an ever-increasing focus in portable game consoles.  A nationwide 3G network is a step in supporting that direction.

      BTW, looks like my suspicion was accurate about the price.

  • http://twitter.com/ZonronSekai Zonron

    so i preordered for 300 bucks already, and i was wondering if using the 3g will cost money or not.(i use a gophone so i know reception is good in my area. well… for txt that have vids and pics in them.)

    should i get the wifi or 3g version?

    i also think there will be a trade in offer for psps too. so i might be able to get a couple games for it too.

    minds buzzing with all this fun so i might sound random. sorry lol

  • YsyDoesIt

     How does the 3G carrier service like this work in their partnership with AT&T?  I know the iPad has a similar partnership with them and Verizon, but do you have to pay a monthly fee?

  • z_merquise

    Now that Sony officially announce their new portable, I hope they won’t abandon the support for PSP. I’m still waiting for the English version of Valkyria Chronicles 3. Let’s also not forget Grand Knights History. And Queen’s Gate: Spiral Chaos too.

  • http://chronotwist.deviantart.com/ JustThisOne

    Aw man… Vita? I guess that’s kind of creative or something, but this might be the only occasion which I’d actually prefer an assortment of letters and numbers instead.

  • CleruTesh

    Stupid name, and my experience with AT&T customer service has been nothing short of nightmarish. (I have DSL through them, not cell service, so I’m not sure if this applies though.)
    I wonder if the 3G will be as limited as on iPad. If I cannot download games and movies, then I will definitely buy wifi version.

    • tr1gun1212

      Yeah, if the VITA service is as limited as the iPhone or iPad service, it will be a joke. Probably.

  • PrinceHeir

    Vita for life :P

  • http://www.youtube.com/B4ULoveShine Tim_at_where

    AT&T… ugh, I still remember the time when they’re collecting personal info and messages of their customers, since 2006 (wiretapping, anyone?).  As a result, I’ve been swearing them off since.

    In addition, remind me to jailbreak this, so that I can use sign up to a service that respects my privacy, a la T-Mobile.

    • http://twitter.com/ChestnutBowl Chestnut Bowl

      Was that T-Mobile thing a sly joke, or did you forget that AT&T is merging with T-Mobile?

      • http://www.youtube.com/B4ULoveShine Tim_at_where

        #RAGE!  My only hope for @ATT – @TMobile:twitter merger is for the T-Mobile side to FORCE AT&T to do away with the privacy intrusion.

        Otherwise, I hope there’s gonna be another provider who will respect my privacy.  Ugh.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Rudy-Soto/100001518601121 Rudy Soto

    Goddamnit, looks like there won’t be any more physical game copies for PS Vita
    Digital Copies just don’t feel the same :’(

  • skymap

    Wait, can I even import games with this thing?

    UGH.

  • https://twitter.com/#!/SplashdownTiger STiger

    And the point of 3G on the Vita is…?  They can’t give us one, can they.

    • http://tristsantithesis.tumblr.com/ Tsunayoshi Sawada

      Always connected and some developers looking into multiplayer modes over 3G…

      • https://twitter.com/#!/SplashdownTiger STiger

        I’ve got a 3G ISP.  My ping varies around 200 at a signal of about -96 dBm, and runs C&C Red Alert 3 very well online, but Borderlands lags a bit.  I can see it working for when you have great signal when you’re in a city, but you might as well just use WiFi, since plenty of places offer free WiFi.

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