Sony's PlayStation Vita is out in a couple of days, coming in the form of two models for the gaming populace to choose from: the standard Wi-Fi model and a 3G model packaged with your respective telecoms company. The question of whether the 3G model is worth the extra bills has been raised a number of times, and Sony Worldwide Studios head Shuhei Yoshida has admitted that it's a completely understandable sentiment.
Speaking with IndustryGamers recently, Yoshida noted that 3G is completely new to a dedicated portable gaming device in terms of design, as such introducing 3G with the PS Vita is pretty much an experiment for Sony.
"I totally agree with where you're coming from. It's a new thing to have 3G capability in a portable gaming system, and when we were working on the design of the hardware, it's true that we believed in what we could do with 3G, but unless we have the system in the market and developers can try things and get feedback from consumers...it takes years to experiment and find a new way to use it, but unless we start somewhere we cannot even experiment.
"So 3G is our investment in the future," he added. "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."
The PS Vita is out on February 22. Which model will you be getting? The more affordable Wi-Fi or the monthly-billed 3G model? The former runs at $249 while the latter costs a hefty $299.