Sony and Vodafone to deliver 3G services for PS Vita
Sony has announced it is teaming up with Vodafone to provide 3G mobile internet services for the new PlayStation Vita handheld console.
Vodafone has been selected as the preferred provider of 3G services for compatible models of the high-tech portable in the UK when it hits shelves in February 2012.
It means the 3G-enabled Vita will come with a Vodafone SIM card included, making it easy for users to sign up and enjoy social gaming experiences, web browsing and multiplayer bouts wherever they are.
Those connecting with Vodafone will also receive a PlayStation Network voucher that entitles them to a free copy of the futuristic racer WipEout 2048.
Jim Ryan, president and chief executive officer of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, said: "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."
Gamers who choose to do without 3G functionality will also be able to purchase a cheaper Wi-Fi-only model, which can be taken online from any compatible hotspot.