Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Sony's Official PS Vita Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

PLAYSTATION®VITA AVAILABLE IN JAPAN ON DECEMBER 17, 2011

Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Unveils 100 Software Titles and a Broad Selection of Peripherals and Accessories for PlayStation®Vita.

SCEJ Also Announces Support for Data Communication Prepaid Plans by NTT DOCOMO, INC. for PlayStation®Vita 3G/Wi-FiModel in Japan.

Tokyo, September 14, 2011 – Sony Computer Entertainment Japan (SCEJ), a division of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. responsible for business operation in Japan, today announced at their press conference for Tokyo Game Show 2011, that PlayStation®Vita (PS Vita), will become available in Japan on December 17, 2011, with pre-orders starting on October 15, 2011*1. Available at 24,980 yen (including tax) for Wi-Fi model and 29,980 yen (including tax) for 3G/Wi-Fi model, PS Vita at launch will be accompanied with 26 exciting software titles along with a broad selection of peripherals and accessories. SCEJ also revealed that PS Vita 3G/Wi-Fi model will support data communication prepaid plans provided by NTT DOCOMO, INC. for Japan.

Software title line-up
As the next generation portable entertainment system, PS Vita enables a revolutionary combination of rich gaming and social connectivity within a real world context, transforming every aspect of a user's daily life into an entertainment experience. Delivering such unparalleled portable gaming experience at launch is 26 exciting software titles from both SCE and our publishing and developing partners. In addition to these launch titles, more than 74 games are currently in development and are expected to be released for the PS Vita system.

3G data communication prepaid plans by NTT DOCOMO, INC.
For the 3G network connectivity, PS Vita 3G/Wi-Fi model in Japan will support data communication prepaid plans provided by NTT DOCOMO, INC., one of Japan's premier mobile communications companies well known for its network quality and coverage.

Two plans announced today for PS Vita are “Prepaid data plan 20h” at 980 yen (including tax) and “Prepaid data plan 100h” at 4,980 yen (including tax). The 3G network connectivity provided by NTT DOCOMO, INC. will allow users to communicate and share their entertainment experience with their friends where ever they are. Taking advantage of the network connectivity, applications pre-installed in PS Vita like “near”
which enables users to share their game information with other users anywhere, anytime, as well as the upcoming software titles will deliver unmatched next generation portable entertainment to PS Vita users.

At launch, SCEJ will run a promotional campaign for a limited offer*2 and will bundle with PS Vita 3G/Wi-Fi model a DOCOMO UIM card that will include the initial contract handling fee 2,100 yen (including tax) along with “Prepaid data plan 100h” or “Prepaid data plan 20h”, enabling users to enjoy 3G connectivity out of the box.

Peripherals and accessories
Accompanying the launch of PS Vita is a line-up of 16 peripherals and accessories to be released on the same day or soon after. The line-up includes must have items like memory card for PS Vita as well as protective film, offering users a broad selection to further enjoy on the go entertainment with PS Vita.

SCE will vigorously promote PS Vita towards the launch as the next generation portable entertainment platform and work towards expanding the portable gaming market.

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