AT&T has made a small adjustment to its 3G data plan pricing for Sony's PlayStation Vita portable gaming console, which is set to launch in the US on February 22. The carrier originally announced the Vita's data plan pricing during CES earlier this month, but has now bumped up the top-tier plan.
There's a new personal video game system in town, and it goes by the name PlayStation Vita - and what you're about to learn from no less than Tokashi Sogabe of the Sony Corporate Design Center is that it originally looked just a bit different than it exists in the wild today. In an interview done with James Gallagher of the official PlayStation Blog, Sogabe spoke on how his 27 years of experience working with Sony on such devices as the original Walkman, Vaio notebooks, and the most recent slim model of the PlayStation 3, lead him to the iteration of the PS Vita you see today - and how its original construction looked a bit different. What you'll find is that the first model, never released, had a 5.5-inch display, on-screen controls, and a full metal jacket, as it were.
Sony's PlayStation Vita portable gaming console debuted in Japan last December with a strong opening week, but sales quickly took a nose dive. Sales have now plummeted to 18,361 units in week five, a drastic 95 percent drop from the 324,859 units sold in the first week and a more than 50 percent drop from the previous week.
Sony's PS Vita is getting ready to set foot in the US in February and it's launching with more than 20 game titles right off the bat. But what titles Sony has planned to sustain interest in the PS Vita in the months post launch has remained a mystery until now. Sony's director of hardware marketing John Koller spilled the beans on what to expect during an interview with Gamespot at CES.
This week Kuni Suzuki of Sony spoke at the AT&T Developer Conference on the Sony PlayStation Vita, the Sony Tablet P, and other items - but of course you know the Vita itself, on AT&T's 3G network here and now, is the hero. The PlayStation Vita, Suzuki holding it aloft at the conference, will arrive on AT&T come February 22 2012; check out data plan pricing after the cut.
Retailers in Japan have begun unofficially slashing prices on Sony's PS Vita next-gen portable gaming device after disappointing sales continued through the holiday. The PS Vita debuted in Japan last month to initial sales of 321,000 units in the first two days. However, that number quickly sunk to a paltry 72,479 units by the second week, a very low figure compared to the second-week sales of rival Nintendo's 3DS back in February of last year and is still flying off shelves.
Some Japanese gamers that have their hands on the PS Vita are getting in some retro gaming action. The portable console sold very well the first week and then sales dropped precipitously. One of the reasons for the decline in shipments was the issues with freezes and the touchscreen. If you are a retro gamer, you may have another good reason for picking up the tablet when it lands in the US next month.
Sony's PS Vita sales have taken a nose dive, selling a disappointing number during the crucial holiday season. The PS Vita sold only 72,479 units in its second week ending on Christmas, December 25. The figure is a rather dramatic drop from its initial sales of 321,000 units in its first two days hitting shelves in Japan.
Handheld gaming devices aren't dead yet, not by a long shot if Sony and the FIFA family has anything to say about it, what with their brand new ad spot showing off not just the game FIFA 12, but the system it relies on as well: PS Vita. This device is the ultimate next generation sports experience you can place in the palm of your hands, says the group, and nothing will beat it down for in your face soccer action right out of the box. Call it futball if you really love the sport, and check out how fabulous it's going to be for you when you've got the hardware to match.
Sony has admitted it made a mistake with how PSP games were handled, dropping the ball when the PS3 arrived, and insists that it will not make the same mistake the the PS Vita. ""In the past we launched PSP and then shifted our attention to PS3 when that came on the horizon, which we now concede was a mistake" Sony worldwide studios president Shuhei Yoshida told the official PlayStation blog, "so with PS Vita we are working on this huge range titles and planning ahead for a constant supply of excellent games."