Sony press conference

PlayStation Vita Detailed, AT&T Exclusive, And Price

by Adam Biessener on Jun 06, 2011 at 03:38 PM

You knew it was coming. You probably knew, with a great deal of certainty, what it was called and most of its capabilities. It's finally official, though: PlayStation Vita is on the way for less than $300.

Sony also announced that it would be partnering exclusively with AT&T for 3G wireless data (and was booed by the E3 audience for its trouble). A WiFi-only model will also be available.

Sony hopes PSVita owners will connect with one another with two services: Party and Near. Party looks like party-based voicechat from the glimpse at the press conference, so no surprises there. Near is a social tool that allows gamers to recommend content, compare trophies, and do other undefined social-type things with other nearby PSVita owners.

PlayStation Vita launches worldwide at the end of this year. U.S. gamers will be able to pick the system up for $299 for the 3G model, or $249 for the Wi-Fi version. Wireless data prices have yet to be announced.

The stats:

  • Multitouch five-inch OLED display
  • Dual analog sticks
  • Sixaxis motion detection
  • Rear touchpad
  • Enough hardware to run the amazing Uncharted software being shown live at the press conference
  • 3G and WiFi models
  • Social tools

Stay tuned for much more on PlayStation Vita, including hands-on impressions from the GI staff here in Los Angeles, as the week goes on.