Sony packs in a few more goodies for PS Vita early adopters of the connected model.
It looks like Sony's not leaving anything to chance when it comes to the pricier models of the Playstation Vita hardware, announcing a new preorder offer for the regular 3G version of the system as well as the First Edition package.
If you'll recall, the standard 3G unit retails for $300, and with the new preorder deal, this will include an 8 GB memory card, a 30-day, 250MB AT&T DataConnect Pass and a Playstation Network game. The memory card is an especially nice touch given that although many games can actually be saved their cart, higher-end titles like Uncharted: Golden Abyss will require Sony's proprietary memory card for game saves and the inevitable DLC. As for the data plan, consider it like the ubiquitous Xbox Live 30-day free trials which gently easy you into paying to play online. All told, the bundle will save you about $60. Keep in mind though, once activated, the Data Pass will auto-renew each month at $15 unless you cancel it.
The First Edition bundle gets slightly beefed up as well, normally retailing for $350, this limited edition will not only include the previously announced 4 GB memory stick, but the Data Pass and PSN game, all of it arriving on February 15th, a full week before the wider PS Vita launch. This is all in addition to a limited edition case and a copy of the game Little Deviants.
The only disappointing spot is a lack of love for gamers who pick up the standard, WiFi-only which runs for $250. It might have been a good idea for Sony to add tiered incentives across the board for the eager first buyers. We'll see how it all shakes out when the Vita launches on February 22nd.