PlayStation Vita Gets New $300 Bundle With PS Plus Subscription

By Ishaan . November 29, 2012 . 9:10am

Sony have announced a new PlayStation Vita bundle, which will be released next week in celebration of the PlayStation Plus service arriving on the Vita.

 

Dubbed the “PlayStation Plus Instant Game Collection PS Vita Bundle,” it contains a 3G PlayStation Vita system, a 1-year subscription for PlayStation Plus, a Unit 13 game voucher, and a 4GB Memory Card for $300.

 

$300 is a steep price to pay for a portable, but Sony point out you’ll get access to seven different games, including the Unit 13 voucher. The other six are provided as part of PlayStation Plus. As previously reported, they are: Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Gravity Rush, Wipeout 2048, Jet Set Radio HD and more.

 


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  • Sergio Briceño

    An interesting bundle to say the least. Could be a must buy, if only the higher capacity Vita memory cards weren’t so expensive.

    • http://radiantloki.blogspot.com/ Mark Dinh

      I agree with you there friend. I think it’s the memory card is holding back VITA sells. Plus, since you can only link 1 PSN account. It kinda of hinders it even further. :/

  • Interface23

    Yes a 4gb card.. The biggest problem with the Vita. You can download ONE of those 7 games.

    • sandra10

      Nope. There’s a decent range of sizes for those games e.g. Gravity Rush is ~1.3GB, Golden Abyss ~2.7GB, and War of the Lions is ~200MB. You can definitely fit more than one of those games on a card, you just have to be picky and juggle games between your Vita and PC. Annoying, sure, but doable.

      • http://www.facebook.com/kasu.ruiza Kasu Ruiza

        Uncharted is 3.2 gigs. Just downloaded it last night.

  • Rhiwion

    Yup, and the overly spacious 4GB Memory Card will surely carry all of the above games. :D

    • Pyrotek85

      I don’t know if their propriety memory cards are the cause of the system’s slow uptake, but it’s certainly not helping.

      • Ace

        I know for sure that these memory cards are the one of the causes for the system’s slow sales.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bobby-Jennings/100000158197173 Bobby Demetris Jennings

      You’re right. It should have been an 8GB. The memory card alone makes this feel like a rip-off.

  • hunterrnl

    Wow SCEA smart choice…. 6 games and 4GB.

  • XypherCode

    A system seller. But that memory…

  • Tianyu Wei

    that memory situation really need to change… you can’t even play all those games on that tiny 4GB mem card…

  • riceisnice

    When are they gonna DROP the price? I don’t want PS Plus, I want a cheaper Vita.

    • XYZ_JolteonZ980

      You had numerous opportunities during last week to get a rather lower priced Vita.

      I think this is a way to move extra 3G units personally.

    • http://vanilladice.deviantart.com/ Dice

      I think that’s the better question to ask. $300 is a big asking price for a console with such a small library.

      • Juan Manuel M. Suárez

        You need to stop spewing misinformation. The PSV’s library is solid enough right now. It may not appeal to you, and that’s fine. But the period of September ~ November alone saw 19 releases excluding bloatware like CoD and Fifa 13. $300 is a steep price until you read the fine print and understand not only are you getting 7 games but also will get a free game every month for the next 12 months~.

        • http://twitter.com/Tiredman_ Tiredman

          It really isn’t misinformation depending on your point of view. For me, there are 2 or 3 Vita games I would want to play. The system itself may have a bunch of games, but how many of them are worthwhile, and of that amount, which would you be willing to play?

          It is still overpriced for what you get, the system in general should be discounted, the memory should be discounted, Sony needs to pull a move like Nintendo and quit trying to get a profit out of every single system sold. If they don’t swallow their pride, and their idiotic views that if something says Sony, people will pay whatever price, they will keep the Vita held way back in the games race, and the Vita will miss out on a ton of games due to developers going to where the players are.

          The system should be $200 with a year of plus included, and the memory should be $44.99 or cheaper for the 32 gig, and go lower from there for the rest. The Vita needs sales in order to stay afloat, and upping the price and making a worthless bundle isn’t how you do it.

          • Fr33Kingdom

            They aren’t making a profit on each sold and nintendo had the luxury to cut their price because it was so dramatically overpriced in the first place.

          • http://twitter.com/Tiredman_ Tiredman

            add the pretty much required memory stick on the vita’s price tag, then you find that yes, they are aiming for a profit.

          • Fr33Kingdom

            Except that’s just conjecture. Find out how much the vita cost’s sony, and find out how much memory cards cost sony, then factor in distribution and retail markup, and of course consider that the only memory card that is mandatory is 4gb, then please let me know what their profit margin is. And you said sony should stop trying to make a profit out of every system sold…..to imply that additional purchases, which anything but a 4gb is, shouldn’t give sony any money whatsoever is like saying sony should be doing this for free. Should they also stop trying to make a profit on software and cut the price?

          • Juan Manuel M. Suárez

            The bundle isn’t worthless just because:
            1. You don’t like the games~.
            2. You aren’t willing to invest $300~.

            The bundle offers 7 games from the get go and guarantees 2 ~ 4 free games per month for the next 12 months. I don’t like most Nintendo first party franchises (actually, I only like Metroid and Fire Emblem), that doesn’t entitle me to say the 3DS is worthless. Rather, it gives me no basis for such a claim~.

            This deal is amazing, if people take advantage of it or remain closed minded like you, though, remains to be seen. At least they (Sony) are trying, and that’s a good start~.

  • http://vanilladice.deviantart.com/ Dice

    The games you get free… that’s like…*half* of the games in the entire PSV library right now. And with *only* another 4(!!) games scheduled to be released in North America…. yeah, this isn’t a good deal. I wonder when they’ll bite the bullet and lower the cost.

    • sandra10

      A free year of Plus which gives you access to 18 games across two systems in addition to whatever else they put on the list, some of the best handheld games out there, and they added another game on top of that with a 4GB card included for no extra cost because the 3G Vita is already $300.

      I can understand it if you’re not interested in the 3G Vita but, really, there’s no reason to complain. It certainly is a good deal all things considering. Then again, you’d actually have to consider all of these things and I doubt you have.

      • http://vanilladice.deviantart.com/ Dice

        $300 is a lot of money for a handheld; the full Wii U is that much, and a worthy deluxe edition is only $50 more. Like the Wii, however, I don’t think a system should take pride in its ability to re-release old titles — that’s a perk, but not a good reason to justify buying an entire new console/handheld. Furthermore, of the 18 games, not too many are “I NEED THIS RIGHT NOW” worthy; there’s about….+/- 3 games that are worth some time, and a 4GB memory card is “nice gesture” but again, nothing extraordinary for that $50 (or $100 if we’re looking at Black Friday prices) tag. But I think what I’m saying is, charging more and throwing more stuff in may not be the way to go to appease skeptics of the handheld. And like I said, the system only has 4 games (FOUR!) lined up for North America (and one of them is, lol, Dragon Crown which hasn’t made any developments since a few months ago when we heard about it last). So again, $300 for a handheld with very sparse releases I don’t think will work too well.

        • http://twitter.com/adamdragonhero AdamAnimeHero

          Black Friday is over. This is the same price of the non-bundled 3G version, so they aren’t charging more on this bundle. And there are more than just “FOUR” upcoming and current new games out.

          • http://vanilladice.deviantart.com/ Dice

            I didn’t realize Black Friday is over. THANKS!
            There is really little nonetheless… I’m glad Japan is doing better, but… http://www.gamefaqs.com/vita/releases

        • sandra10

          That’s the main point of Plus. You get to play games you most likely wouldn’t have paid attention to otherwise. I wouldn’t have touched Just Cause 2 or Borderlands if it wasn’t for Plus and I’m glad.

          And you’re jumping the gun on the 2013 release schedule anyways. It’s not uncommon at all for Sony to announce and release games in the same year. But it’s not like the general public keeps track of release dates. They depend almost entirely on ads to notify them of an upcoming release so I don’t think the future lineup matters to the average consumers. You’re even missing a few 2013 games yourself.

          • http://vanilladice.deviantart.com/ Dice

            Tell that to a skeptic who has to drop $300 to get the system then. It’s not easy to say “spend the money, I’m sure you’ll find something you like!”.
            There aren’t too many “big” games coming out either, nothing too press worthy (and games up till now have been nothing short of very good or very poorly reviewed). Even in that release list, how many of those games do you want (to each their own, but still).

        • PersonaBull

          I’ll never understand why people compare handhelds to consoles as if they’re inferior devices. They are portable, packed tight with pretty decent tech, and have some pretty great visuals these days. The Wii U doesn’t let me play PS2/PS3 quality games on the train. The price comparison is just silly, they generally serve two different functions. There’s also the price of convenience to consider. There’s a reason laptops tend to be priced higher than desktop PC’s with comparative specs (especially if you build your own).

          $300 is a lot of money in general, and it’s ultimately your opinion as to whether or not it’s too much of a burden to bear. I think $300 is a fair price considering the included package of games involved (not just for the Vita, since PS+ is already on PS3) and the fact that it’s the 3G model and not just the Wi-Fi one.

          eDiT: Just to add, the one gripe I would have is a shared dislike of their proprietary memory. That 4GB is absurdly small for what the system is intended to be used for.

          • http://vanilladice.deviantart.com/ Dice

            I didn’t insult handhelds — I love handhelds. But $300 is a lot for something to play on the train…… o_o

          • PersonaBull

            Not when its an hour each way to and from work :P

          • http://vanilladice.deviantart.com/ Dice

            Then i got another 3 handhelds to do that, none of which I dropped that much cheddar on. Or a book. That’s like… <$20.

          • PersonaBull

            Or all of the above because it’s not really an exclusive thing? Depends on the cheddar you have to drop. The Vita is clearly more of a luxury item. Like I said, it’s up to you. I dropped that much cheddar and am entirely satisfied now that Persona 4 Golden is finally out. The system itself has plenty of potential, and was used very well with my other favorite game for the system, Gravity Rush(/Daze). Not everyone can afford a system within the first year of its release, that doesn’t mean it’s overpriced. It’s still rather new and simply in what I consider a “luxury item phase.”

            Some people buy luxury cars, I buy luxury gaming devices and take the train to work~<3

            It's really amusing, though, because I was rather disinterested in the Vita when it was first announced. It fits tremendously well with my playing style, though, and I play it far more often than my 3DS. It's all about how it resonates with you~ (: Maybe you need a lower price for it to interest you, sure. That's plenty fair, too. But, at this point, $300 is certainly a fair deal. I also want to note that I got my 3G Vita for $230 over the summer, so I can guarantee you can find it for cheaper than the market price somewhere eventually. You should remember that $300 is just the official asking price.

          • http://vanilladice.deviantart.com/ Dice

            Finally a good, rather, a fair answer. I’m not trying to be mean, but I mean just from the lot who have trouble embracing this from both sides (but still injected some of your thoughts).

            I plan on getting a Vita myself; but this deal and line up won’t cut it. I will say the 3DS has been my best friend for the bus rides home too. I actually bought Persona 4 Golden (woo, store credit for the win), I’m more poo-poo-ing this “bundle” then the system itself. Consider me disappointed that this was what they came up with when affordability was my issue. But either way. I agree with ya. :D

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bobby-Jennings/100000158197173 Bobby Demetris Jennings

            Agreed 100%. I got my 3G Vita for $220 in March and it came with a few games too. Now that Persona 4 Golden is out and I got the Solid Gold Edition, everything was well worth it.

          • Blitz Krieg

            >The Wii U doesn’t let me play PS2/PS3 quality games on the train.
            Perhaps you live in Europe, but elsewhere not many people travel by train frequently, and not all trains are secure enough to play a handheld on them.

            If what you care about the most is quality in your videogames, there is little point in buying a portable version of a game you could buy for a home system with better graphics, controls and online play.

          • PersonaBull

            It’s a question of portability. The train was just an example of how I’ve been known to utilize portable gaming. There’s coffee shops, bookstores, parks, etc. The point is you can leave your cave every once in a while without being completely bored, speaking from experience. It’s also good for intermittent play, so you can get a few minutes in and just pop it into sleep mode. I’m doing that constantly with P4G at the moment.

            Also, speaking of P4G, it’s a spectacular upgrade to the game I do own for my home system and includes better graphics, controls, and online play. I would never suggest getting the Vita as a replacement for a home console, but the point I was making was I’m a little tired of being told the quality of games is suffering from being on a handheld. The quality is just as good as PS2/PS3 with various pluses and minuses due to portability (smaller screen but better resolution, sporadic play, load times, etc.). It’s a different beast, so the prices aren’t going to match up to a point where you can say “well this is $50 less than a Wii U bundle!” To me, that’s like comparing the price of tacos to ice cream. Both will fill you up, yea, but the two sure do taste different! And they require different shipping, marketing, packaging, etc. You just can’t compare them like that.

        • Blitz Krieg

          But Dragon Crown will be on PS3 too.

          Also, i don’t see the idea of playing it in public as appealing given the fanservice level and that the drawing style might attract people’s eyes.

          Can you honestly imagine yourself in a break time playing a game with scantly clad anime women with huge assets, in front of your coworkers or other students?

          • XiaomuArisu

            The weird thing is that vanilla ware had beautiful but dressed female characters.Like Gwendolin or Momohime.

  • doubletaco

    And for a nominal $100 fee you can upgrade to the 32gb card!

    And don’t forget all of the awesome gaming you can do on AT&T’s 3G network!

    • http://www.facebook.com/kasu.ruiza Kasu Ruiza

      If the 32 was at least 60 it wouldn’t hurt as much to get

  • http://vanilladice.deviantart.com/ Dice

    I love the Vita-tard who’s “voting down” any negative comments about this news. xD

    • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

      Now is a good time to let everyone know that downvotes with Disqus 2012 should basically just be completely ignored, unless the comment in question really is troll-ish.

      Most downvotes just come from the usual troublemakers who seem to feel that no one should be allowed to have tastes different from theirs. We saw people abusing the downvote feature in the recent DmC post, too. Just ignore them. They mean absolutely nothing.

      • http://twitter.com/adamdragonhero AdamAnimeHero

        Shouldn’t the comment above be considered trollish, since she has to refer to other people as “tards”?

        • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

          Dice is usually a good poster. I think it’s fair that people that generally leave productive or good or funny comments get the benefit of the doubt, unless of course they start to go overboard.

          • Elvick

            Or you can just take each post for what it is. Instead of letting biases get in the way of seeing each comment for the individual statement it is.

  • AndyFe

    Yea that is great and those are some good games to play on the system but as people have said the 4 GB memory card will hold like one game, at the very least throw in a 8GB one

  • Afrit

    I think I would buy into it only if I didn’t have a 3g vita already.

    Note: Sony still want to make their profit from the memory cards. But it actually drives sales away!

  • http://wiredjungle.wordpress.com/ DrakosAmatras

    Hm. Not a bad price for everything it offers.

  • tubers

    so basically ur screwed if you don’t have extra space on your ps3 or PC?

    Or do u have to just mark them as purchased on psn?

    • http://wiredjungle.wordpress.com/ DrakosAmatras

      Just buy them; you don’t have to download them if you don’t have space.

      • tubers

        Awesome! Thanks!

  • Interface23

  • JMaster3000

    Awesome sauce!
    Still need to buy a 32/16 GB Vita card for 50$ :D

  • Koulamatata

    That’s a lot of money. But it’s also a lot of value.
    I like the bundle a lot.

    I bought mine last year… no memory card, no game for only 50$ less. To me, this bundle looks like the holy messiah of bundles. Lol.

    • cameron forsyth

      true, it’s fairly priced and would save me alot of money if i bought the device and the games without a bundle.

      i think this is exactly what sony is intending to do with the ps vita being considered expensive on it’s own without consideration towards the games and memory card you are inclined to buy along side your games, setting you back another 120 or so dollars. and the playstation plus membership has become much more valuable over the last year with entire games being completely free for download. all considering how a price cut on the vita itself is unprofitable to sony i’d say this is pretty damn clever.
      i’m aware this is what you mean’t but i just felt like expressing my similar thoughts.

      • Koulamatata

        I agree with you 100%
        It’s a pretty clever move.

  • $24431191

    They should make a wifi bundle with Persona 4 Golden or Gravity Rush.

    • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

      I am 100% supportive for Gravity Rush there but for Persona 4, i am not really sure as it is not Sony own franchise. I don’t think that Atlus would want to do the bundle pack there.

      • Elvick

        Neither is CoD, LEGO Batman or Assassin’s Creed.

        Not sure what your point is with that.

        • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

          Lol. I actually forget that CoD is not Sony exclusive here lol.
          Well, i just kinda feel that Persona 4 is a niche genre.(Jrpg) which is not going to be so attractive to the masses here.

          CoD and Lego in other hand is something that even parents should know.

          • Elvick

            They need more diverse bundles to showcase that the system has more to offer than just one kind of thing.

            The Vita’s issue is it doesn’t focus on one thing, and that’s not really reflected very well in it’s advertising. This is a start, since it includes a racing game, Uncharted, and Gravity Rush.

            But they either need some more interesting bundles that will show former (or current) PSP owners who bought one for JRPGs, that the system has stuff for them. (even though right now it doesn’t really have much, especially in the west) Or they need to actually advertise the Vita itself. Showcasing a bunch of different game types.

  • Rihawf

    C’mon Sony, you can do better than this.
    By the time you learn your lesson, it might be too late.

  • MasterHiei

    That’s still expensive

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/5O266I6427AQIXPAP5ZQ5DK3GM Bob Meaty

    WTF are they thinking? Nobody wants bundles. Vita has two huge barriers right now – price tag, and lack of ORIGINAL, fun games. This does nothing to fix either problem.

    Also lol 4GB.

    • eilegz

      i think that other than games THE MEMORY PRICE its a big problem, sony need to lower the memory prices

      • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

        I feel that Vita needs system seller more here. Remember when PS3 come out and everyone is booing the machine because of the price? The moment MGS 4 come out, everyone immediatly support the machine.
        Vita need more title like Soul Sacrifice. If they are at least able to get another game with the selling level of Mon Hun, i am sure the price would be accepted by buyers.

    • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

      This is pretty spot on. No matter what’s in the bundle, $300 is a crazy price that no one is going to be willing to pay, when there are several other, more appealing game consoles on the market for a cheaper or equal cost.

      I don’t know why they didn’t stick with their Black Friday bundles. Those actually made more sense, even though they are basically just throwing software profits out the window in order to try and sell the system itself.

  • eilegz

    sony the bundle its not bad, but there its an issue that need to be fixed ASAP

    The memory price its just outrageous, lower the price, propietary memory at such high price its what keeping vita down.

    what its the point on giving freebies when you have to purchase a separte 32gb memory at 100 dollars that its not affordable and its not good for their own business.

    catalog should be improved eventually lets hope it sooner than later

  • http://twitter.com/#!/Leafy_Cam Leafhopper

    I would buy one if I didn’t only want to play 2 games on the system.

  • Lazulis

    Naaaah, I’m mighty satisfied with Amazon’s Black Friday Vita bundle. $180 for the PSV Assassin’s Creed Liberation’s bundle, and it came with a lot of extras <3

    $300 for that bundle isn't really that bad considering it's the 3G Vita and the PS+ membership…but some people don't like the 3G Vita……

  • Antonio C. R. Murray

    “$300 is a steep price to pay for a portable” yet that iPad is just fine? Yeah.

    • http://www.youtube.com/user/xxHiryuuxx Tohsaka

      Or the $900 MS Surface Pro that just got announced today for the base model.

      • PoweredByHentai

        I thought the Surface Pro was 1000 USD? It was stupidly expensive for 128 GB of space.

      • Elvick

        Holy… really? @_@ Is MS crazy?

    • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

      It is the brand power here. Apple has a crazy amount of follower while Sony followers have been decreasing through years.

      And Ipad is table there which can be used for more than just gamig while Vita is specially build machine for gaming. You can’t compare apple and orange here.

    • http://www.facebook.com/MrAwesome23 Kevin Chambers

      To be fair, the iPad does a bit more for it’s users. I’m not one of them, I sent mine back because I didn’t really need it after playing with it. At the end of the day, this a games console, and a powerful one; which is sweet and all if it had more games more people wanted. Price is a flexible thing, but there needs to be more to back up the investment less the initial cost seem bloated.

      I am still trying to find a reason to get a Vita outside of Gravity Rush, Tearaway (that’s what it is called right?) and Jet Set Radio on the go. The cost just outweighs the return for a lot of us I’m afraid.

  • darkfox1

    That 4GB memory card was not a good move imo. Plus they fly the whole “PS+=Free Games” thing. I don’t really know how much the Vita games are in size but is 4GB alone gonna be enough to fit all those games? I think the 8GB one would make much more sense.

  • http://twitter.com/Tiredman_ Tiredman

    I love how people always go on about “Look at all the games you get with plus, the Vita is so worth it now” but they never bother to think that not everybody will want to play every game. I have seen the Plus game line up, and I saw 2 i would like to try, and one I would probably play through to the end. A Vita owner doesn’t get all sorts of games with Plus, they get a few titles that might interest them and a bunch of games they have no intention of touching. Some of you may want to touch them all, but that doesn’t matter.

  • Hinataharem

    Why doesn’t Sony understand that your average consumer doesn’t care about how much they save if the price itself is still steep??

    “Oh you pay $99 less!”

    “But I’m paying $300 still.”

  • Nitraion

    Why not make P4 included on bundle? D:

  • XiaomuArisu

    Well I got Uncharted and Gravity Rush thanks to PSplus but I still need a vita and a memory card bigger then 4GB:(How about cheaper Memory cards sony?
    Help a fan.

  • drexxia

    that’s a cool bundle considering the cheapest bare wifi model costs 320$ over here.

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