Sony Vita will debut in US with film-music services

Jan 10, 2012
Sony said that its PlayStation Vita handheld entertainment gadgets will debut in the US market on February 22 with access to popular streaming film and television service Netflix.

Sony said that its PlayStation Vita handheld entertainment gadgets will debut in the US market on February 22 with access to popular streaming film and television service Netflix.

Sony will also make its own Music Unlimited service available on Vita devices when they hit the United States.

The Japan-based film, music and consumer electronics colossus has sold a half million Vita devices since it launched in Asia in December, executive deputy president Kazuo Hirai revealed on the eve of the in Las Vegas.

Vita made its worldwide debut in Japan on December 17 and was released elsewhere in Asia close to the end of the month.

The next-generation PlayStation Vita aims to take a bite out of the growing smartphone .

It features a five-inch (12-centimetre) LED touch screen, two cameras and a GPS receiver, and comes in Wi-Fi and 3G models.

Nintendo's Game Boy, released in 1989, led the market until the mid-2000s, when Sony's (PSP) cut into its share.

But the emergence of and Android games is threatening the existence of game-specific handheld devices.

Game software ranging from "Angry Birds" and "Scrabble" to first-person shooters and car racing titles are consistently the popular "apps" for smartphones.

Nintendo launched its 3DS portable game console about 10 months ago and quickly trimmed its price by about a third to $170 in a successful move to stimulate sales.

The PS Vita will be priced at $299 when it launches in the United States, where users of models with connectivity will be able to choose between two data plans sold by carrier AT&T.

Sony sold a combined total of more than 6.5 million PlayStation videogame consoles and handheld entertainment devices during the year-end holiday shopping season, Hirai said.

Explore further: Giant tablets aimed at families

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Sony PS Vita gets world launch in Japan

Dec 17, 2011

Technology giant Sony on Saturday held the world launch of its next-generation PlayStation Vita handheld console in Japan, as the company aims to take a bite out of the growing smartphone games market.

Sony to launch PlayStation Vita in December

Sep 14, 2011

Sony will release its next-generation PlayStation Vita games console in Japan on December 17, it said on Wednesday, as it looks to mount a fresh challenge to rivals including struggling Nintendo.

Sony gears up for PlayStation Vita's Japan launch

Dec 15, 2011

Sony's long-awaited PlayStation Vita portable game machine hits stores in Japan on Saturday, with the company predicting brisk sales even though the launch has missed much of the holiday shopping season.

Sony unveils next-gen portable device 'Vita'

Jun 07, 2011

Sony Corp. on Monday took the wraps off its next generation portable gaming machine, PlayStation Vita, a touch-interface and motion-sensitive handheld that outdoes its workhorse PlayStation Portable and will ...

Recommended for you

Giant tablets aimed at families

17 hours ago

Costing a little more than an iPad but standing more than twice as tall, a new pair of giant tablets wants families to share cozier group experiences with technology.

Myo armband and smartglasses set for deskless workplace

22 hours ago

Thalmic Labs, Canada-based makers of the Myo armband, has announced the integration of Myo with smartglasses, with the partnership help of a number of companies pairing the Myo with their products. The gesture-control ...

Sharp Aquos Crystal phone: Where's the bezel?

Aug 18, 2014

Just when you thought a fashionable gadget must be somewhat thin, Sharp is going to charm the smartphone fashion-conscious with a crazily thin phone, and it is arriving in the US quite soon. Gorgeous. Cool. ...

User comments : 0