Sony and Vodafone team up over PlayStation Vita

Sony has announced that it has chosen mobile giant Vodafone to provide 3G connectivity for its next-generation PlayStation Vita hand-held console in the UK, ahead of the device's launch on 22nd February.

There are currently two versions of the Playstation Vita available for pre-order: Wi-Fi and 3G enabled, and Wi-Fi only. The former of the two will come pre-packaged with a Vodafone SIM card, allowing out and about gamers to get connected straight away. MCVUK reports that the telephony company will also be selling the 3G enabled Vita in its own stores and online.

"With social gaming and connectivity at the heart of PlayStation Vita it is important that we partner with a market leading network provider, to ensure users have a high quality 3G experience," claimed Sony's chief executive Jim Ryan at the announcement. "Partnering with Vodafone will enable PS Vita users in the selected countries to always be connected with their PlayStation life, friends and games, wherever they are."

Vodafone isn't only involved in the PlayStation Vita's UK efforts, however: the mobile firm will be taking care of 3G features in Ireland, Italy, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Australia, New Zealand, the Netherlands and France.

“We want our customers to have the best choice of devices and PlayStation Vita is a great addition to our range," crowed Vodafone's Patrick Chomet at the announcement. "Using the device over Vodafone’s high-performance network with extensive 3G reach and market leading download speeds brings a reliable ‘anywhere anytime’ dimension to gaming."

While it will debut in Japan later this year, the PlayStation Vita won't arrive until late February in the UK with the 3G and Wi-Fi version costing £279 and the Wi-Fi only version £229.