3G isn't attracting customers.

floetry

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Thought it would be the 3g would be selling better than it is. I know, its not out yet, and I know amazon isn't the end all, but

As of Now,
PSV(Wifi): Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #89 in Video Games
PSV (3G/Wifi): Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #354 in Video Games

Huge disparity. Probably has to deal with pricepoint. With the imminent ps3 price drop, I feel that consumers aren't going to shell out huge cash for a $300 handheld when they got an i/pod/pad, and 3ds to compete with. Not to mention consoles. Plus the att thing. That's probably the number one reason, and we yet to see the potential of 3g and features that would want to make people tap in extra for a 3g. 80 percent of where I go has a wifi hotspot, most of the time free.
 

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I'm not surprised. 3G in the UK at least isn't great unless you live in a big city and even then is probably not worth the extra £/$ imo.
 

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In two years or now, we know its going to morphed into one SKU, but for now, no one wants a 3g Lol.


I normally go for the premium sku's but 3g is the only difference and imo, a difference that doesn't even matter to me Or to many consumers.

So what if you are already on att's 3g mobile plan? Is it free or do they charge you extra for the psv? if it's the latter, that would suck.
 

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3G is much better than WiFi.

With 3G you can go anywhere and play online.... IMHO that's a massive advantage.
 

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[QUOTE="HenryPSN, post: 5590425]3G is much better than WiFi.

With 3G you can go anywhere and play online.... IMHO that's a massive advantage.[/QUOTE]

If you live in a big city, chances are there are free wifispots to your advantage..or someone's that is dumb enough not to secure their own network:snicker
 

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[QUOTE="HenryPSN, post: 5590425]3G is much better than WiFi.

With 3G you can go anywhere and play online.... IMHO that's a massive advantage.[/QUOTE]

This. To me it makes no sense for me to invest in a PsVita without 3G. You are putting your online connectivity at a huge restriction. Clearly form those pre order stats it doesn't matter to most, this is just my personal opinion. I would rather have it and not want/need it than want/need it and not have it. If I bought the wifi version and 1 month later decided that i wanted to play on the go then I am screwed. I will pay the extra and have all bases covered with my connectivity.
 

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[QUOTE="mickice, post: 5590434]But your not screwed, vita will have some of the most rich single player games ever seen on a handheld. So what if your not linked into the PSN at that moment, your not really missing much when your away from the PSN.[/QUOTE]

And if I want to play wipeout with my friends while im sitting under a tree in the park? Ooops. Better get my *** back to nearest McDs or starbucks...

Orrrr just shell out extra and have no restrictions. This is just my mentality on it.
 

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Heres my thing on this, living in the US, having only ATT being the provider is a HUGE disadvantage especially if theres going to be a monthly fee along with the 3G model. Most of the time im playing my Vita it will be while im watching my beloved New York Mets lose, and i have wifi in my house, plus its free wherever i go that has Optimum coverage. I have no interest in dealing with ATT, or any monthly fee that might be attatched to it, especially not for another 50 bucks. that money will be put towards an extra game at launch.
 

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[QUOTE="ghost_rhayne, post: 5590435]And if I want to play wipeout with my friends while im sitting under a tree in the park? Ooops. Better get my *** back to nearest McDs or starbucks...[/QUOTE]
One could use phone as wifi hotspot, so it's possible to dance around that limitation quite nicely.
 

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[QUOTE="jlippone, post: 5590445]One could use phone as wifi hotspot, so it's possible to dance around that limitation quite nicely.[/QUOTE]

Wow, I haven't made the move to smartphones yet so I didn't know that was possible...*surprised*
 

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[QUOTE="ghost_rhayne, post: 5590435]And if I want to play wipeout with my friends while im sitting under a tree in the park? Ooops. Better get my *** back to nearest McDs or starbucks...

Orrrr just shell out extra and have no restrictions. This is just my mentality on it.[/QUOTE]

Local ad-hoc? I don't see the problem here. Go for it if you like tho.
 

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[QUOTE="ghost_rhayne, post: 5590435]And if I want to play wipeout with my friends while im sitting under a tree in the park? Ooops. Better get my *** back to nearest McDs or starbucks...

Orrrr just shell out extra and have no restrictions. This is just my mentality on it.[/QUOTE]

realistically, how often do you go to a park to hang out with your friends and play psp?

[QUOTE="jlippone, post: 5590445]One could use phone as wifi hotspot, so it's possible to dance around that limitation quite nicely.[/QUOTE]

in other the 3g model is useless to tech heads lol.
 
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[QUOTE="floetry, post: 5590452]realistically, how often do you go to a park to hang out with your friends and play psp?
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I meant online friends lol....

And I wasn't aware of the the ability of smartphones to become hotspots...and interesting development :D As I will get a smartphone soon too :D I will do some research.
 

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[QUOTE="ghost_rhayne, post: 5590454]I meant online friends lol....

And I wasn't aware of the the ability of smartphones to become hotspots...and interesting development :D As I will get a smartphone soon too :D I will do some research.[/QUOTE]

Ohh ok, Well smartphones are expensive, so I don't have one lol. Rather save up for a vita, but the plans are really cheap. You can get a smartphone data plan for 25 USD a month, 300mins, unlimited web and text.
 

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If I remember correctly, one of the Sony guys at E3 (in an interview with gamespot) said that the 3G won't really be enough to play online. It's more of a 'stay connected' to psn kinda thing. So you're always able to interact with your psnfriends, access the browser and whatnot. I think he made it pretty clear that games won't be able to run over the 3G network for competitive multiplayer.

I'm not surprised at what the OP shows, I think especially here in the UK we wanna know more about how it's all going to work, the 3g provider and whatnot.

Having said that, I've had a smartphone with 3g coverage for years and it really is ****e, even for web-browsing, and I live just on the outskirts of London. I have Wifi wherever I'd think of being on my Vita: at home, friends or at uni, so I know which one I'm getting
 

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[QUOTE="HenryPSN, post: 5590425]3G is much better than WiFi.

With 3G you can go anywhere and play online.... IMHO that's a massive advantage.[/QUOTE]

Actually the 3G isn't for gaming. It's for Internet connection and sending/receiving PSN messages. They've stated this already. Besides, the connection you'd get gaming over 3G would be horrible. I'll do a speedster on my phone now as im connected to 3G and upload the screenshot.

Personally I think it's pointless getting a 3G model - there no way I'm getting a separate contract for my vita when I've got a perfectly good one on my phone, what I can create a wireless hotspot with.


Would you really want to game over a 250+ ping? I doubt it. The 3G isn't worth the asking price, imo.


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floetry

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I stole wifi off someone who decided to use their phone as a hotspot. It was actually faster than my home internet and local school wifi lol.
 

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[QUOTE="BoyBettaKnow, post: 5590497]Exactly, it's quite rare for me to be somewhere without a wifi hotspot anymore.
Even my local burger place has wifi!!


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Vienna is probably also well connected, but i will review this and my choice of 3G. But really, I have spent so much money on gaming, €50 is very menial lol
 

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[QUOTE="ghost_rhayne, post: 5590505]Vienna is probably also well connected, but i will review this and my choice of 3G. But really, I have spent so much money on gaming, €50 is very menial lol[/QUOTE]

Per month? its very expensive.

thats 600 dollar per year for a slow mobile connection
 
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[QUOTE="ghost_rhayne, post: 5590505]Vienna is probably also well connected, but i will review this and my choice of 3G. But really, I have spent so much money on gaming, €50 is very menial lol[/QUOTE]

Will be looking forward to it. I just can't fathom why someone would spend more money and get the inevitable contact that comes with it just to be able to receive messages from the PSN. it's not for online play. You said your getting a smart phone, get that with an unlimited 3G data plan and use your phone for hotspots. Much more practical. For me atleast.

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[QUOTE="floetry, post: 5590508]Per month? its very expensive.

thats 600 dollar per year for a slow mobile connection[/QUOTE]

Haha no I meant the price diff between wifi and 3G models :)
 

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I find it funny that companies keep rolling out 3G products when we all know 4G exists and is going to become much more common in the near future. People aren't excited when they see "3G' anymore. They want to see 4G.
 

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[QUOTE="SchaffinOSX, post: 5590538]I find it funny that companies keep rolling out 3G products when we all know 4G exists and is going to become much more common in the near future. People aren't excited when they see "3G' anymore. They want to see 4G.[/QUOTE]

How about we just try to get 3G coverage more widely available before jumping into 4G


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[QUOTE="ghost_rhayne, post: 5590520]Haha no I meant the price diff between wifi and 3G models :)[/QUOTE]

man, something is wrong with my comprehension today:lol:

most lieky, I'm going to buy the vita, if a slim version came out, say like psv-3000 with hdmi input and internal memory, then I'm going to put my vita towards the trade. Hopefully, psv be like 150 lol. But then again, chances are I'll be saving up for the Next Playstation Console lol
 
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AT&T May have something to do with it.

There's probably people waiting to see if they can get it subsidized with a contract as well, or what kind of plans are available before committing to the 3G model.
 
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