E3 2011: PSV priced at $249.99, Nintendo 3DS has dangerous competition


From Kotaku:

Today, at the E3 gaming expo in Los Angeles, Sony revealed the handheld’s final name, PS Vita, as well as its pricing.

The portable has dual touch pads, dual cameras, an OLED screen, GPS, six-axis motion sensors and a three-axis electronic compass. The portable’s model number is PCH-1000; the current gen PSP’s is PSP-3000.

“Vita means life,” said Sony Computer Entertainment Kazuo Hirai, adding that the Vita will “blur the lines” between entertainment and real life, allowing you to connect and interact like never before.

PS Vita owners can get online at any of the over 24,000 AT&T Wi-Fi hotspots across the U.S.

As previewed earlier this year in Tokyo, the PS Vita has a feature called “Near” that allows them to find out what other PS Vita owners in the vicinity are currently playing and what titles are popular.

Vita, pronounced “VEE-ta”, will have Wi-Fi and 3G/Wi-Fi models. Sony is partnering with AT&T as the exclusive mobile carrier for the United States—an announcement that drew groans from the audience at E3.

The PlayStation Vita Wi-Fi model is priced at US$249, and the 3G/Wi-Fi model is $299. Additional details about AT&T data plans and pricing will be announced later. Likewise, plans for the PS Vita’s carriers outside the U.S. will be made public at a later date.

I gotta say, Sony has made quite a comeback. Just a few days ago they were getting torn apart by the media and gamers alike for the PSN failure and questionable security. But then they announce the PSV’s price point, and many gamers have turned a blind eye to their misfortune in favor of praising them for this move. They are right to do so. As a owner of a Nintendo 3DS, the Sony PSV is looking to actually beat it: a first for any non-Nintendo Portable machine. They have the same exact price point, but with vastly superior tech behind it, as well as no region-locking for us importing gamers. Add that to a promising line-up of games (Uncharted: Golden Abyss video below) and enhanced online…well, Nintendo will have to fight back. What are your guys’ thoughts? Do you think the PSV has what it takes? Or will Nintendo remain dominant?

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