Sony has apparently not forgotten about PlayStation Vita, regardless of how it appears on the surface. The company is seemingly trying to breathe life into the handheld by releasing a new bundle.
Posting on the official PlayStation Blog, the company announced that the PlayStation Vita “value pack” will release in Japan on November 22. It will be priced at ¥19,980–roughly $175–and feature a PlayStation Vita (PCH-2000 series) Wi-Fi model in either Black or Aqua Blue. The bundle will also include a 16 GB memory card, along with all of the standard cables.
Sony wants to make it clear that both colored models will be available in limited quantities. The way the press release is worded, it seems that the company has no plans to send out another wave once the stock is sold out. Hence, those interested should make sure to take advantage of the deal as soon as possible.
It is unfortunate that the value pack does not feature any games but Sony wants to highlight that those looking to make their first purchase should look towards Minecraft and Itadaki Street: Dragon Quest & Final Fantasy 30th Anniversary. The two are the most popular options currently available on the handheld. There are more games incoming, such as Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth – Hacker’s Memory from Media Vision and Bandai Namco in December.
Earlier this year, it was reported that Sony has “long-term plans” for PlayStation Vita but for only Japan. In addition, the marketing team has shifted its focus to the younger audience instead of adults. It will be interesting to see how Sony continues on with its plans, especially with the Nintendo Switch eating up the handheld market worldwide.