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Report: PS Vita's 3G downloads to be capped at 20MB at launch

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A report out of Japan has indicated the PS Vita's 3G capabilities will be subject to 20MB download cap upon launch. This is according to an interview on the Japanese website ASCII, translated by Andriasang, in which an unnamed Sony rep confirmed the forthcoming handheld will likely be unable to download full release titles from the PlayStation Store while using a 3G connection. Not at first, anyway.

The Sony source clarified the cap will only apply to downloads made through a 3G connection, and that players will not be subject to similar limits over wi-fi. The rep also stressed this cap could change down the road, and Sony is also working with software developers to ensure the 3G's 128Kbps download and 64kbps upload speeds won't hinder online gameplay.

It's not clear how long the cap will stay at 20MB, or in which regions it will even exist. That said, if the report proves true, this could deter early adopters from spending the extra cash on a 3G-enabled PS Vita model. Are you planning to pick up a 3G PS Vita? If so, would this (hopefully temporary) limitation make you think twice?

Sep 30, 2011

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5 comments

  • cchen04 - October 1, 2011 6:15 p.m.

    Who cares. Besides didn't they already say that you couldn't play multiplayer over 3G cos the networks would like f***ing blow up.
  • Shadow Of Death - October 1, 2011 7:06 a.m.

    Wow, that's a really crappy limitation...So crappy they might as well make 3G functionality free with the cost of the upgrade to the 3G model. Is it 20MB per file, or 20MB a day/week/month of downloading (3G gaming aside)? Because if it is the latter, then that's just fail...You could consume 20MB+ easily with a single file?
  • therawski - September 30, 2011 3:48 p.m.

    They shouldn't have made it network exclusive, I should be able to stick in any sim card I want into something that costs $300. The wifi model will probably work better with online play, why anyone would wait and download a giant ass game over 3G needs a job.
  • mockraven - September 30, 2011 3:19 p.m.

    I figure this is a launch limitation since when the Vita first comes out a lot of people will be interested in browsing the PSN store through it and possibly downloading games all at the same time. I'm also assuming that 3G network faces server loads just like any other network and is probably not intended for mass large file downloads.
  • solbadguy - September 30, 2011 1:16 p.m.

    I have already planned on getting just the wi-fi model because having to pay at&t almost $30 or more a month extra and now this are the reason that I just can't see buying the 3G model. First!

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