PS Vita First Edition bundle announced

US gamers who want to get the PS Vita one week earlier than everyone else in the nation might want to check out the newly revealed PS Vita First Edition bundle. Sony announced today that that the bundle will have the 3G-WiFi version of the portable console, along with a limited edition case, a 4 GB memory card and the game Little Deviants for $349.99. The bundle will be sent to pre-orders on February 15, 2012 which is one week before the PS Vita's official release date in the US.

Sony is certainly pulling out all the stops to sell the PS Vita to consumers. To be fair the PS Vita is a total reinvention of its previous PSP portable console. That's in contrast to Nintendo's approach to releasing new portable consoles. Since the release of the original Nintendo DS console in 2004, the company has simply released new versions of that same console design (the DS Lite, the DSi, and the DSi XL). While the recent 3DS console did add 3D support, it still retained the same basic design as the previous DS consoles.

But is the era of stand alone portable game consoles already over before the PS Vita has been released? Some people think so, pointing out that smartphone makers are releasing new and more powerful versions of their products every year. That, plus the rise of download stores to easier grab and purchase new games could make the PS Vita seem a big old fashioned.

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I just don't see the point of it, poor battery life and the games will likely be £40 a pop.

None of the launch games look all that compelling, certainly nothing we've not seen before.

I don't think this will sell even as many units as the 3ds. Any poor little boy getting this for chrimbo might as well get a door stop, the average smartphone does more and in some cases, it does better.

This console has some great specifications and I'm sure it would give a great gaming experience. But having said that.. for me I have three gaming devices. My PC, my Console (PS3) and my Phone (iPhone 4S). And that is enough for me. I don't really see how a Vita would fit in to my life, I don't like carrying lots of devices that's why I have a Smart Phone instead of a low end phone with an extra MP3 player and then a PDA. Having it all combined is just easier.

So although I think this is impressive and I do think it's cool I just don't think I'm going to buy this, iOS games have won me over. They might not be as good or as long or have as good graphics but for just passing time they work great.

Vice said,
This console has some great specifications and I'm sure it would give a great gaming experience. But having said that.. for me I have three gaming devices. My PC, my Console (PS3) and my Phone (iPhone 4S). And that is enough for me. I don't really see how a Vita would fit in to my life, I don't like carrying lots of devices that's why I have a Smart Phone instead of a low end phone with an extra MP3 player and then a PDA. Having it all combined is just easier.

Well, for the simpler games this is true, however, there are many games that I find are unplayable with a touchscreen only. And many games just don't play (smooth) well on my Android phone for that matter either.
I do have a Ps3, but it's unavailable to me most times. When the kids are home, I can only play friendly and nice games, and when my wife is watching tv at night, I can't play either. The extra analogue stick and touchscreen on the back seem really useful to me. So I will certainly get one in February (or March, or whenever I can)

Edited by rvdv, Oct 28 2011, 7:54am :

I cancelled my Vita Preorder. The costs of this thing are just skyrocketing and the 3DS price keeps going down. I get its cutting edge quad core ARM but I already have a 4S and its plenty fast for me. If the 3G with an 8GB memory card was 299 then I would buy it day one but until then I'll wait for Vita Slim.

Phalesafe said,
I cancelled my Vita Preorder. The costs of this thing are just skyrocketing and the 3DS price keeps going down. I get its cutting edge quad core ARM but I already have a 4S and its plenty fast for me. If the 3G with an 8GB memory card was 299 then I would buy it day one but until then I'll wait for Vita Slim.

Just mix in one teaspoon of Vita Slim In with a cup of hot water....

Vita Slim!.....Get rid of your excess fat and Customers!

Having owned the PSP-1000 & PSP-2000, you would've expected them to at least have some decent on board flash memory instead of bundling a 4gb memory card.

The PSP community was crying out for a dual analogue PSP back in 2007. This is 4 years overdue with pretty much the same technology as Sony had been sitting on for the best part of 7 years and what do you get? A console with an extra analogue stick for an additional $100. No thanks

Spadman said,
I'm a bit over Sony, they don't love us, they just love themselves.

Because trying to fix all of their screw ups is a big up yours to us the customers. They're like every other company who has been in a hack attack, but you didn't see anyone raging over other companies. I guess it was because no one expected Sony to be hacked.

Please tell me how they only love themselves when they've done so much for us?

Let see.... the hack was, what, April this year? Yes?

Tell me why, after 6 months, the PSN web site is still not working properly for account management.

When asked via support; the reason is "We're still working on it from the hack".

Yep.... thats priorities for you.

While the recent 3DS console did add 3D support, it still retained the same basic design as the previous DS consoles.

If that were true, then 3DS games would be able to play on DS consoles. That is not the case. The internals of the 3DS were beefed up quite a bit over the DS in terms of hardware speed.

Shadrack said,

If that were true, then 3DS games would be able to play on DS consoles. That is not the case. The internals of the 3DS were beefed up quite a bit over the DS in terms of hardware speed.


He was talking about external design, not the architecture.

Xerax said,

He was talking about external design, not the architecture.

Well, I guess I don't see much difference in external design of this PS Vita vs PSP.

Shadrack said,

Well, I guess I don't see much difference in external design of this PS Vita vs PSP.

I did. the edging looks like it came from an iPhone

Snake89 said,

Then don't buy this version. The non-bundled version cost $249US

Too bad you need to buy an additional Sony proprietary format failure memory card as well to play the games.