Two SKUs For NGP In Europe, Only One Boasts 3G
We're still not sure of the price, but we do know you might have a slightly cheaper option.
Although Sony didn't mention it during the unveiling, it seems that consumers may have two choices when it comes to purchasing the Next Generation Portable (NGP), depending on region: according to what SCEE boss Andrew House told Eurogamer, there will be two NGP models in Europe; one with 3G and one without.
"The first thing to clarify, which I'm not sure the presentation did a perfect job of doing today, is that all of the devices will have Wi-Fi capability; a separate SKU will have 3G. So the user gets a choice. Wi-Fi is available wherever, which clearly is the most important aspect of connectivity and that connected experience; 3G will be a subset of that."
Right now, Sony is "working hard" to solidify 3G partnerships with local wireless carriers in Europe and in Japan, Sony has an exclusive contract with NTT DoCoMo for 3G service. We don't yet know if there will be two models of the NGP in North America, but it seems confirmed for Europe, at the very least.
If you did have the option, would you spring for the 3G-enabled one? And how much more would you be willing to pay?
1/28/2011 12:36:56 PM Ben Dutka