While it was clear that Sony were not going to be making any PS4 related announcements at CES, one area that they did spend a lot of time talking about was the PS Vita, which will soon become available to buy in the US and EU on February 22nd.
We have a brief roundup of Vita-related information to share with you now who those of you that missed the event, with US Vita fans arguably the ones who can be most pleased. After its announcement on the PS3, it has been confirmed that Netflix streaming video content will also become available for the Vita and further good news is that Netflix are trying to get the service up and running in time for the US Vita launch on February 22nd.
Being primarily US-based, don’t expect this to appear outside of the US, although Europe and specifically the UK may get an alternative service in LoveFilm so it is not too bad. Netflix is obviously very popular already with home console owners, and the idea of being able to stream movies away from home is a pretty mouth-watering prospect for those with a steady WiFi connection – 3G would obviously be very costly due to high amounts of data neeed to stream movies.
Also new for the PS Vita is Sony’s Music Unlimted Service, a premium service which will give you instant music on your Vita at the cost of $3.99 a month. That price seems pretty reasonable to us, although the Vita could be seen as an ideal product for other streaming music services in the future. Sony will offer Music Unlimited, but imagine the possibility of Spotify appearing sometime in the future as well – music lovers will be all over that if it happens.
These two reasons alone make it obvious that the PS Vita will not be marketed as just a gaming device. Netflix and Music Unlimited will give gamers an opportunity to use their new handheld in a similar way to the PS3, i.e as an entertainment device. Let us know your thoughts on the addition of these two new services – does it now make the Vita a lot more appealing in your eyes?