Hype is beginning to build around the upcoming Playstation Vita handheld gaming console. Gamers have been eagerly speculating about the games that may launch with the console. While details about the new titles are being revealed, Sony has also placed focus on support for a number of popular online services including Facebook, Foursquare, Skype and Twitter. Apps for each will be available for free on the Vita.
Confused? Don’t be. Though built as a handheld gaming console, the Vita isn’t much different from a modern smartphone. Inside, alongside the ARM processor and behind the touchscreen, is a 3G antenna that makes the Vita compatible with some mobile data carriers.
4G data isn’t supported on the Vita, but Wi-Fi is. Sony did not state that any of the apps on its device will be restricted to use via mobile data, which likely means the company is not reserving them to users who forgo a mobile data plan and instead connect via Wi-Fi only.
The press release also did not include release dates for the apps. Instead, a footnote clarified that “details of the application’s launch timing will be announced at a later timing“. Hopefully these apps will not significantly lag the Vita’s release, as the usefulness of the console’s 3G connection will be restricted without them.
Source: PR Newswire