Netflix has reported on their blog that it’s streaming video content will be available for the Playstation Vita as it launches today in the U.S. Netflix has been available to subscribers across a range of consoles, including Microsoft Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii and Sony’s Playstation 3. This is the first time the service is available on a Sony handheld device. Netflix is a part of a select list of Vita-bundled apps, including LiveTweet and Flickr.
“Many Netflix members love their PlayStation entertainment consoles and handhelds. We’re glad to offer PS Vita users the ability to enjoy Netflix wherever and whenever they want. We’re very excited that Netflix is available on the PS Vita at launch,” says Greg Peters, vice president of product development at Netflix.
Netflix states that the interface will be simliar to what users are accustomed to on the PS3, though reworked to fit the the Vita’s 5″ OLED touch screen and buttons to access meus. Netflix programming can be streamed via WiFi, with subscribers also able to start watching content on one device, like a PlayStation 3, and continue watching on the Vita later on. Interestingly, it’s been reported Netflix app won’t load if there isn’t a Wifi connection, and doesn’t work of AT&T’s 3G network. This is somewhat contradictory to aforementioned “wherever and whenever” statement from Netflix.
The PS Vita goes on sale today, with it’s Wifi only version at $249.99. It’s launch bundle, including 3G, an 8GB memory card, a one-month 250MB AT&T DataConnect Session Pass and a free PlayStation Network game, is priced at $299.99.