Sony's PlayStation Vita portable is set to launch in the US on February 22, but a special First Edition bundle will be arriving on February 15 for those who've pre-ordered. With less than a week to count down for the bundle, Sony's US PR team has posted its own official unboxing video to give a tantalizing preview of the bundle's contents.
Sony's pricing for PS Vita games in the US has been previewed, with titles showing up in the PSN store since the company began updating PS3 consoles to firmware v4.10. A 10-percent discount is offered on some of the games, users in the NeoGaf forums have discovered, though not all titles are cheaper bought direct from Sony.
Sony's PS Vita 3G will hit the UK on February 22, carrier Vodafone has confirmed, on a pre-pay data plan which - when topped up for the first time - will unlock a free download of WipEout 2048. Set to hit the US in 3G form on AT&T also on February 22, the Vita will be priced at £279 ($444) in the UK and come with a 4GB memory card and a pre-pay data SIM.
Sony's PS Vita launched to some decently strong sales in Japan back during the holiday season of 2011. Japanese sales of the portable console quickly fell off and are now below 20,000 a week. The Vita is set to launch in the US and if you're hoping to be a get your old UMD PSP games over to the Vita, Sony has announced really bad news. There will be no UMD Passport program in the United States like the program Sony operates in Japan.
A Sony rep has confirmed that PlayStation Vita game titles coming to the US will be cheaper if purchased and downloaded directly from the PlayStation Network as opposed to buying the boxed copies. Discounted digital copies have been confirmed for the PS Vita in Japan, but the company has yet to make an official announcement as to whether the discount would extend to the US.
The PlayStation Vita portable is set for a US launch in less than a month and to ensure a good lineup on opening day, Sony has announced two limited edition bundles. These bundles are being called "extremely limited" and will be available only to those "who brave the cold to stand in line on February 22."
Sony's PlayStation Vita next-gen handheld gaming device is still struggling in Japan following a strong start that quickly fizzled. PS Vita sales dropped below 20,000 units two weeks ago, a more than 50% decline from the week before. And this past week, that number is on the verge of dipping below the 15,000 mark, as consumers continue to wait for more worthy game titles before making the investment.
AT&T has made a small adjustment to its 3G data plan pricing for Sony's PlayStation Vita portable gaming console, which is set to launch in the US on February 22. The carrier originally announced the Vita's data plan pricing during CES earlier this month, but has now bumped up the top-tier plan.
There's a new personal video game system in town, and it goes by the name PlayStation Vita - and what you're about to learn from no less than Tokashi Sogabe of the Sony Corporate Design Center is that it originally looked just a bit different than it exists in the wild today. In an interview done with James Gallagher of the official PlayStation Blog, Sogabe spoke on how his 27 years of experience working with Sony on such devices as the original Walkman, Vaio notebooks, and the most recent slim model of the PlayStation 3, lead him to the iteration of the PS Vita you see today - and how its original construction looked a bit different. What you'll find is that the first model, never released, had a 5.5-inch display, on-screen controls, and a full metal jacket, as it were.
Sony's PlayStation Vita portable gaming console debuted in Japan last December with a strong opening week, but sales quickly took a nose dive. Sales have now plummeted to 18,361 units in week five, a drastic 95 percent drop from the 324,859 units sold in the first week and a more than 50 percent drop from the previous week.