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Sony Computer Boss says ‘not ready’ for download only PS Vita – Criticises PSPgo as ‘too soon’

Just months before the release of the Next Generation Portable, the PS Vita, Sony Computer Entertainment President has spoken out about the possibility of another download-only handheld along the lines of a new PSPgo.


Sony’s PS Vita will come will both physical flash card versions of games as well as potential to download digital copies and additional content via the gaming gadgets in-built Wi-Fi and 3G technology. The PSPgo could only download games through an internet connection. Sometimes resulting in some heavy data downloads. Sony has avoided that this time to offer both alternatives to owners of the new PS Vita. It was recently suggested that data downloads on the 3G connection would be capped at 20MB.

SCE’s Boss Shuhei Yoshida told Edge that the world was clearly not ready for the downloadable delights of the PSPgo, which saw a disappointing reception as a download-only version of the original Playstation Portable:

“So we believe the time is still not right to go download-only as a platform. Some PS Vita titles, like Uncharted: Golden Abyss, will be close to 4GB in size, which could be too large to download for consumers who do not have a fast broadband connection. Also, some consumers like shopping in retail stores, talking to knowledgeable store clerks, buying and playing games on the spot. We do not want to remove that capability from consumers.”  

Jim Ryan of Sony Entertainment backs these comments addressing the portable gaming market on a Global scale: “There are consumers in parts of the world – this is a global device – where the digital model has not yet fully been embraced.”

Gaming cards will be available from the PS Vita’s public release ranging from 2GB to 4GB and will shortly be followed up by a range spanning up to 16GB.

Sony recently put an end to the PSPgo misery, but for gamers wanting to take their play on the road without those physical cards and discs, there’s always the Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY – or “the Playstation Phone” as it’s referred to with the suit and tie.

The new Sony PS Vita will launch in Japan in late December followed by a venture to the West in early 2012. Sony recently revealed the box design, some of the variant colours and the starting line-up of available apps. You’ll be able to grab your previous PSP titles as downloadables and connect with your pals socially through the integrated Facebook, Twitter, Skype and Foursquare features.

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Source: Edge