Wow, Sony has just announced a new, awesome PS Vita bundle that’s almost better than the Black Friday 2012 bundles. I say almost because while the PS Vita + PS Plus Bundle is pretty impressive, it still has quite a few things holding it back. Not to mention it’s also $100 more expensive than the Black Friday Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation, Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified and Lego Batman 2 bundles. Still, it’s something new for people to consider, especially if they want a 3G/Wi-Fi PS Vita and not a standard Wi-Fi model.
The PS Vita + PS Plus Bundle is about value. It gives you the 3G/Wi-Fi model Vita to start, a voucher to download Unit 13, a 4GB memory card and, most importantly, a one year subscription to PlayStation Plus. Since PlayStation Plus now includes an Instant Game Collection, that’s a pretty good deal. Especially since those free games are Gravity Rush, Uncharted: Golden Abyss, WipeOut 2048, Jet Set Radio HD, Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack and Final Fantasy Tactics: War of the Lions. All of it costs you $299.99.
The problem with this bundle, however, lies in the included memory card. It’s only 4GB. I have PlayStation Plus and have downloaded all of the above games. I’m just generalizing since my Vita isn’t nearby, but I know Jet Set Radio HD and WipeOut 2048 are both just over 1GB, and I’m pretty sure Uncharted Golden Abyss and Gravity Rush are over 1.5GB. The smallest games there are probably FFT, which is around 300MB, and Mutant Blobs Attack, which is a couple hundred MB as well. So if you’re buying this $300 bundle, you’re also pretty much obligating yourself to pick up one of the bigger memory cards as well, like the $29.99 8GB card or the $59.99 16GB card.
Do you know what Sony should have done? Left the price as is, but replaced the 3G/Wi-Fi PS Vita with a 32GB memory card. Now that move would have made the PS Vita + PS Plus Bundle worth owning!
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