Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) and Vodafone have today announced a partnership that will see Vodafone as the preferred provider of 3G connectivity for PlayStation Vita (PS Vita)
Vodafone will initially offer 3G service in UK, Ireland, Italy, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Australia, New Zealand and The Netherlands, and France (SFR).
The PS Vita 3G/Wi-Fi model sold in selected countries through SCEE retail channels will come with a Vodafone SIM card. Users will also be able to buy PS Vita 3G/Wi-Fi model direct from Vodafone channels, both online and in store. In addition, users connecting with Vodafone will receive a free PlayStation Network voucher for the high speed, anti-gravity racing title WipEout 2048 available to download from PlayStation Store.
The "near" application on PS Vita allows users to discover the games other PS Vita users are playing in their surrounding area. "near' will also enable location-based gaming features such as 'gifting', where users can share and leave virtual items, such as costumes and treasures, at the various locations they have visited.
Users can also stay in touch wherever they are via "Party" a pre-installed application on PS Vita - which enables users to enjoy communication features during online gaming or internet browsing. Users will also be able to keep in touch and update their gaming status via the dedicated applications for Facebook, Twitter and FourSquare.
PS Vita 3G+Wi-Fi models will be sold through SCEE's normal retail channels and can also be purchased through Vodafone either online or in store. The 3G/Wi-Fi model of the PS Vita will be available for RRP €299 (Wi-Fi only model available for RRP€249).
PS Vita will be launching in PAL regions from 22nd February 2012.