Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) have partnered up with Vodafone that sees Vodafone as the preferred provider of 3G connectivity for the PlayStation Vita.
Vodafone will provide 3G coverage for the PS Vita in the following countries: UK, Ireland, Italy, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Australia, New Zealand and The Netherlands, and with Vodafone’s Partners in France (SFR).
The 3G/WiFi model of the PS Vita sold in selected SCEE retail channels comes with a Vodafone SIM card so you can “immediately enjoy social gaming experiences on the go”.
Jim Ryan, President & CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe says:
“With social gaming and connectivity at the heart of PlayStation Vita it is important that we partner with a market leading network provider, to ensure users have a high quality 3G experience.” Jim Ryan, President & CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe. “Partnering with Vodafone will enable PS Vita users in the selected countries to always be connected with their PlayStation life, friends and games, wherever they are.”
Patrick Chomet, Vodafone’s Group Terminals Director says:
“We want our customers to have the best choice of devices and PlayStation Vita is a great addition to our range,”
“We know from our application downloads that games are hugely popular with our customers, so we’re delighted to be SCEE’s preferred connectivity partner for 3G Vita devices sold across Europe and other selected regional markets. Using the device over Vodafone’s high-performance network with extensive 3G reach and market leading download speeds brings a reliable ‘anywhere anytime’ dimension to gaming, which customers in our initial ten launch markets will be the first to experience”.
The 3G/WiFi model of the PS Vita will be available for RRP€299 (NZD$549.95 incl. GST), while the WiFi only model costs RRP€249 (NZD$449.95 incl. GST). Data plans will be flexible meeting the needs of all users. Additional details about Vodafone data plans and pricing will be announced by Vodafone at a later date.
The PlayStation Vita is released February 22nd in Europe and February 23rd in New Zealand.