Sony is getting pretty aggressive with their PlayStation Vita bundles, and this latest addition to the lineup might just be the best bang for your buck yet. As the name implies, the “PS Plus Instant Game Collection PS Vita Bundle” offers a system, a free game and a year’s subscription to PlayStation Plus, all for $299.99.
To be clear, this latest bundle also includes a 4 GB memory card for your shiny new handheld system but, considering the fact that the free game is a download voucher AND the fact that PS Plus gives you downloadable versions of big games, that measly card isn’t going to last you half a day. My suggestion: Begrudgingly shell out the extra hundred bucks and get yourself a 32 GB card. Other than that glaring negative, everything else about this latest Vita bundle is outstanding.
Announced through the PlayStation Blog, the PS Plus Instant Game Collection PS Vita Bundle comes packed with a 3G/Wi-Fi system, a digital copy of the Unit 13 game, the tiny 4 GB memory card we were just talking about, as well as a year’s membership to PlayStation Plus, Sony’s extended game rental and discount club of sorts that provides a rotating selection of free games, discounts of up to 75 percent off of more games and DLC, as well as early access to betas, exclusive demos and other various goodies.
The current list of PS Plus Vita games consists of six titles, including Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Gravity Rush, and Wipeout 2048. Any one of those games would just about fill up that 4 GB card on its own (I think Uncharted is around 5 GB on its own, actually), making the necessity of a much bigger memory card all the more obvious.
Still, this latest bundle includes a combined savings of more than $100, so maybe getting people to buy the console and then invest in those meatier memory cards was a part of the plan from the very beginning.
As a reminder, having PlayStation Plus on either your Vita or PS3 makes the service available on both, so you’ll get to double dip on all of those savings assuming you have the home console as well. And if you’re already a Plus member, the free year of membership can be automatically tacked on to your existing account.
So, like I said, the memory card thing is an obvious misstep, but everything else about this latest Vita bundle is pretty dang sweet.