One of the cool features of the PS Vita, Sony’s new handheld gaming console, is 3G connectivity. This allows for online features to be built into the Vita without the need for WiFi. Of course, with a 3G feature, it’s logical that that this new console will be offered through mobile service providers.
Last year, Sony said that the PS Vita will be offered through AT&T. No further information were given up until this week when AT&T finally revealed the details of the PS Vita 3G service. The plan is actually similar to what AT&T already offers. For example, AT&T will offer two no-contract pricing plans. There will be an affordable $14.99 a month plan that allows you to download up to 250MB of data. The more expensive plan costs $25 a month, but the data cap is increased to 2GB. It should be noted that even though the Vita has multiplayer features, it is not supported over a 3G connection. The 3G connectivity will only be used for web browsing and also to use the Vita’s Near feature, their proprietary social connectivity service.
Personally, I think the inability to play multiplayer game modes over 3G is a deal breaker. The only reason I can see for getting the 3G version of the PS Vita is to play multiplayer games even when I’m in places that have no WiFi. Without that feature, the 3G version doesn’t seem so attractive anymore. Apparently, there are certain games that will take advantage of the 3G feature, one of them being Unit 13. But will gimmicks like these be enough to justify the extra price?