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Sony: 3G for Vita is Our Investment in the Future


Sony’s next-gen handheld the PlayStation Vita’s release is right around the corner and if you didn’t know, there are two version of the unit for sale. There’s the standard version and there’s a 3G-enabled one that’s understandably more expensive.

There are a lot of people who feel that the added price tag of the 3G version isn’t justified…and this sentiment isn’t lost on Sony Worldwide Studios head Shuhei Yoshida.

In an interview with IndustryGamers, Yoshida commented that he thinks 3G is their investment for the Vita’s future.

So 3G is our investment in the future. I hope some consumers will believe in that investment of their money for the future. These systems last many years, and we will upgrade firmware, add new features, but it’s not easy to update hardware.

But the main purpose we believe in for having 3G in PS Vita is the social connectivity features that we have put at the center of PS Vita. When you open a game, you don’t automatically start a game, but you’re taken to one page which is constantly updated from publishers as well as your friends doing activities or giving you in-game items. So all that social connectivity is enabled by the 3G

Do you agree with Yoshida’s sentiments or is 3G not a viable option right now – especially given it’s higher price tag?