Sony has announced that their new handheld portable system the Playstation VITA will come standard with cross game chat included. The VITA has dual functionality it seems, as it can be used as its own system, or hooked up to the Playstation 3 for multiple purposes just like its big brother the PSP.

It is unclear at this time how the cross game chat will function with the VITA while on the road as not every location has WIFI access. It is speculated that there is a partnership in place with cell phone provider such as AT&T to provide non-WIFI chat for the VITA via a subscription service plan. WIFI access chat will not use this plan.

So, what does this mean? The VITA can be hooked up to your Playstation 3 system and used as a controller to play games on your home television while simultaneously adding the functionality of cross game chat. That is awesome!

By now I am sure you have noticed the slight nuances of sarcasm in my tone and are either laughing, or wondering why this undertone exists. The answer is simple really; the VITA is going to retail for $249. Basically you will be paying upwards of $250 for a controller and cross game chat. That on top of the necessity of all your friends needing a VITA to cross game communicate with you makes this nonsensical.

Now, it is true that for that price point you do get the VITA as a whole, great if you want it, but it makes no sense for Sony to give their portable system cross game chat, and in all of the modifications they have done to the Playstation 3 in the last 3 years not fixed the RAM issue to support this feature on the home system. I will not get into the entire cross game chat on the Playstation 3 rant, that was another post. Suffice it to say that this is NOT a solution to the cross game chat debacle, nor is it going to ease the frustrations of you loyal CGC desiring fanbase.

Enjoy, and never stop gaming

–Volkovic

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