Vodafone has announced that it will be selling Sony's next generation mobile gaming console, the Playstation Vita starting from the 22nd of February, but only online.
The mobile phone operator will sell the device as a standalone product rather than bundled with phone contracts as some retailers have already started to do.
Understandably, only the 3G version of the console will be sold, for £279. Users will be able to get the WipEout 2048 game for free if they top up their 3G SIM with £5.
Amazon sells the Vita 3G on its own for £269 but buyers can collect a free 8GB memory card plus a game worth up to £33 for just £15, which makes it better value than Vodafone's deal.
The Playstation Vita can best be described as a Sony Xperia Play that can't make calls. It has almost all the hardware features you'd expect from a top of the range smartphone.
There's a quad core processor, an ARM Cortex-A9, a powerful SGX543MP4+ graphics processor, a 5-inch 960x544 pixel capacitive OLED touchscreen, a rear capacitive multitouch pad, front and rear cameras, GPS, WI-FI, 3G, Bluetooth and more.
Sony will also sell a Wi-Fi only version of the Vita which costs around £60 less than the 3G model.