Sony have revealed that they have chosen Vodafone as their preferred carrier for the Vita’s 3G data services. This must be due to the massive push that Vodafone is currently receiving in Australia with all the mass marketing, commercials and billboard posters with celebrities. I for one am not too thrilled about this as I think that Vodafone’s 3G network still needs a fair bit of work to compete with its competitors and just in general, the 3G status in Australia needs to be improved a fair bit.
If the plan is to use the 3G data merely for PSN downloads and updates then it could probably work but playing fast paced action over 3G with all the graphic detail, I don’t like the odds. Also of interest is that the PS Vita isn’t locked to anyone carrier like a lot of mobile phones are so really you’re free to choose whoever you like.
SCEE CEO Jim Ryan said the following, “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.
Partnering with Vodafone will enable PS Vita users in the selected countries to always be connected with their PlayStation life, friends and games, wherever they are.”
I think I’m personally going off the 3G Vita and will probably just lash out for the Wi-Fi model, I’ve lasted this long without 3G on a handheld, I’m guessing I won’t need it now.