On Monday, just before CES 2012 kicked off for the week, AT&T announced the data plan pricing for the 3G version of Sony's upcoming PlayStation Vita. The wireless carrier also said the device -- along with the Wi-Fi only model -- will be made available here in the States on February 22, just over one month away.
Unfortunately, it seems that Sony is sticking to its guns in regards to the eventual price, requesting $249 for the Wi-Fi model and $299 for the 3G/Wi-Fi model. Last week there was speculation that Sony may reduce the Vita's price due to poor sales in Japan during its second week of availability, possibly following a move made by Nintendo in the first half of 2011 to push 3DS units off store shelves. Looks like that won't happen after all.
According to AT&T, next month consumers will have a choice of two data packages: 250 MB a month for $14.99, and 2 GB per month for $25. The best thing about these packages is that consumers won't need to sign a contract, meaning they can start, stop and restart their chosen data package without having to pay those silly termination fees. Users can even activate or reactivate a data plan directly from their PS Vita system.
To tempt gamers into shelling out a monthly fee for a data package, PlayStation Vita owners will be eligible to choose one free download from a list of select games available on the PlayStation Store once they activate the 3G/Wi-Fi unit with an AT&T’s data plan. So far the list of games that will be offered by the company is unknown.
"The data plans for the PlayStation Vita will give gaming enthusiasts a convenient and seamless path to connect to a nationwide mobile broadband network while gaming on the go," said Glenn Lurie, president, emerging devices, AT&T. "We are looking forward to providing PlayStation Vita users the ability to experience a new era of portable gaming through wireless integration. This introduces an entirely new gaming experience, with access to popular social networking sites, right on the device."
For more information about the 3G/Wi-Fi version of Sony's PlayStation Vita, head here.