Sony also announced that it would be partnering exclusively with AT&T for 3G wireless data (and was booed by the E3 audience for its trouble). A WiFi-only model will also be available.
Sony hopes PSVita owners will connect with one another with two services: Party and Near. Party looks like party-based voicechat from the glimpse at the press conference, so no surprises there. Near is a social tool that allows gamers to recommend content, compare trophies, and do other undefined social-type things with other nearby PSVita owners.
PlayStation Vita launches worldwide at the end of this year. U.S. gamers will be able to pick the system up for $299 for the 3G model, or $249 for the Wi-Fi version. Wireless data prices have yet to be announced.
- Multitouch five-inch OLED display
- Dual analog sticks
- Sixaxis motion detection
- Rear touchpad
- Enough hardware to run the amazing Uncharted software being shown live at the press conference
- 3G and WiFi models
- Social tools