Fans waiting impatiently for the PlayStation Vita to arrive next month have finally received word on the pricing for the wireless plans for the handheld console.
AT&T plans to offer two data plans, a $14.99 plan featuring 250MB and a $25 plan with 2GB. Both plans will be month-to-month and will not require a long-term contract. PlayStation Vita customers with an AT&T data plan will also have free access at more than 29,000 AT&T Wi-Fi hotspots nationwide.
The Playstation Vita will also launch with the following social networking features:
Location-based application “near” will allow users to find out what other PS Vita owners in their vicinity are currently playing and what titles are most popular in the area. “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 by checking in at geographic locations. For example, in the popular kart racing series ModNation Racers: Road Trip, PS Vita users will be able to collect rare gift items provided through the game when visiting specific points of interest in 45 major cities around the world. They can then share them with other PS Vita owners through the “near” application.
“LiveArea™” is an interactive interface for each PS Vita software title in which users can access the latest information for games through PlayStation®Network.
In addition, a variety of social networking and communications services such as Facebook, Flickr, foursquare, and Twitter will be available on PS Vita.
The PlayStation Vita is set to be released on Feb. 22nd, 2012, and will be released in two different models: the Wi-Fi only model for $249.99 and the 3G model (which is also Wi-fi capable) for $299.99. 3G Vita owners will also be able to download one free game from a list of games on the PlayStation store once they activate their plan.
UPDATE (1/22 8pm):
After changing its tablet and smartphone data plans, AT&T announced that it will be replacing it’s $25 for 2GB plan with $30 for 3GB. This new priceline may seem like an abrupt change but it just keeps the Vita’s price plan in line with AT&T’s other device options.
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