Sony and ATT today announced that ATT will be the exclusive service provider in the United States for PlayStation Vita handheld gaming system for 3G data and WiFi hotspots. Here is more info:
The PlayStation Vita system features dual analog sticks, front and rear cameras, front multi-touch display, multi-touch rear pad, GPS, six-axis motion sensors, and three-axis electronic compass. It has built-in 3G and WiFi, or just WiFi models.
AT&T wireless connectivity will enable infinite possibilities for PlayStation Vita users to ?encounter,? ?connect,? ?discover,? ?share? and ?play? with friends on the go. Within the device are a range of social networking features that provide unique, next generation portable entertainment experiences, including a new application called ?near? and an interactive interface called ?LiveArea.?
Developed specifically for the PlayStation Vita system and pre-installed on each system, ?near? will allow users to find out what other PlayStation Vita users in their vicinity are currently playing and what titles are most popular in the area. Users can meet with friends and new players virtually ? regardless of what games they are playing ? simply by sharing their game information across PlayStationNetwork on the go via AT&T?s mobile network, or when they?re at a Wi-Fi hotspot. ?Near? also enables location-based gaming features such as ?gifting,? in which a user can access virtual game-related items that other users are sharing, through checking in at geographic locations that others have also visited. The virtual items can include content unlocked from games, such as character costumes, weapons and treasures. Sharing these items between users adds a unique dimension to the portable gaming experience on the PlayStation Vita system while enhancing the social connectivity among the PlayStation Vita community.
?LiveArea? is an interactive space for each PlayStation Vita software title in which users can access the latest information for games through PlayStation Network. Additionally, users will be able to view an ?Activity? log that is constantly updated with accomplishments from users who are playing the same game, which in turn can trigger active real-time communication among users. The AT&T wireless network will enable ?LiveArea? users to connect to their games on the go.
The PlayStation Vita system will have both Wi-Fi and 3G/Wi-Fi models in the US for $249 and $299, respectively. It will be available at the end of the year. Additional details about AT&T data plans and pricing will be announced later.
Here are the specs for the PS Vita:
CPU ARM Cortex-A9 core (4 core)
External Dimensions Approx. 182.0 x 18.6 x 83.5mm (width x height x depth) (tentative, excludes largest projection)
Screen (Touch screen) 5 inches (16:9), 960 x 544, Approx. 16 million colors, OLED Multi touch screen (capacitive type)
Location Built-in GPS (3G/Wi-Fi model only) Wi-Fi location service support
Keys / Switches PS button Power button Directional buttons (Up/Down/Right/Left) Action buttons (Triangle, Circle, Cross, Square) Shoulder buttons (Right/Left) Right stick, Left stick START button, SELECT button Volume buttons (+/-)
Wireless communications Mobile network connectivity (3G/Wi-Fi model only) IEEE 802.11b/g/n (n = 1x1)(Wi-Fi) (Infrastructure mode/Ad-hoc mode) Bluetooth 2.1+EDR (A2DP/AVRCP/HSP）
Slots/Ports PlayStationVita card slot Memory card slot SIM card slot (3G/Wi-Fi model only) Multi-use port (for USB data communication, DC IN, Audio [Stereo Out / Mono In], Serial data communication), Headset jack (Stereo mini jack) (for Audio [Stereo Out / Mono In]) Accessory port