Not long to wait now if you want to get your hands on a Sony PS Vita (well, three months!) and if you're a fan of Big Red - good news: it'll be powered by Vodafone here in Blighty.
The 3G/Wifi model of this little belter will come pre-fitted with a Vodafone 3G sim in a number of countries, actually - with Ireland, Italy, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Australia, New Zealand and The Netherlands all on the list. France will use Vodafone’s partner there, SFR.
And this will be more than a carrier space deal - Vodafone will also sell content for the Vita and users will be able to download items from Vodafone's online store as well as physical shops. And cementing the deal and showing it works both ways, customers who sign up to Voda will get a PSN voucher, enabling them to download Wipeout 2048.
“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.” said Jim Ryan, President & CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe. “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.”
The PS Vita is the PSP of the future and will come kitted out with a 5-inch OLED multi-touch display plus a mini touch pad on the back. With front and rear cameras, a 4-core CPU, three-axis gyroscope and GPS, it has all the makings of a modern smartphone without the phone bit.
Sony, now that it's gotten rid of the Ericsson,will be hoping that this sells better than the Xperia Play.