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Yoshida: 3G Vita is an investment in the future

Sony Worldwide Studios head Shuhei Yoshida has told IndustryGamers that he feels Sony’s 3G Vita is an investment in the future.

Speaking in a recent interview with the site, Yoshida said, “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,” he said.

“So 3G is our investment in the future. 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 we have put at the centre 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.”

Those who do get the 3G model will get the bonus of WipEout 2048 for free, providing that you top up £5 for the first time with Vodaphone, although you will need a memory card to download it on to. Which model did you buy? Let us know.

Edited On 21 Feb, 2012

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