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New PS Vita bundle comes with PS Plus subscription, game, inadequate memory card

A seemingly great bundle undermined by a 4GB memory card.
A seemingly great bundle undermined by a 4GB memory card.

Sony announced a new PS Vita bundle Thursday that comes with a year's subscription to Playstation Plus and a download voucher for Unit 13 but an unfortunately tiny memory card for game storage.

The new bundle includes the PS Vita 3G/WiFi, the download voucher for Unit 13, the year's subscription to PS Plus and a 4GB memory card for $299.99 starting the week of Dec. 2. Sony claims that this is a savings of $99.99 but you'll have to fork out more money for a larger memory card if you actually want to take advantage of the Instant Game Collection that offers free games as part of the PS Plus subscription.

Unfortunately, the 4GB memory card will barely be enough to hold Unit 13, some game saves and not much more. The current list of free games available to download as part of the PS Plus Instant Game Collection includes Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Jet Set Radio, Gravity Rush, Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack, WipEout 2048 and the PSP classic, Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions.

With the exception of the Final Fantasy game, all of these titles, including Unit 13, are multi-gigabyte affairs which only serves to illustrate the PS Vita's Achilles heel. Buyers will be lucky to fit two games onto the 4GB card which will send them out hunting for the 16GB card that is $60 or the 32GB card which has the perception of price gouging at $99.99.

For the record, we have a PS Vita with an 8GB card ($29.99) and were only able to fit Uncharted: Golden Abyss and Gravity Rush on the card along with Final Fantasy Tactics. That's closer to acceptable but will still require us to constantly delete and download games. While not a big deal now, as the Instant Game Collection grows, this is a concern.

The Playstation Plus offers a fantastic value, especially for those that own both a PS3 and a PS Vita. It is unfortunate that that value can be undermined by the exorbitant prices of the memory cards.

In short, if Sony is going to promote and sell a bundle that consists of seven downloadable games with more on the way, it shouldn't include a memory card that can barely hold one.

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Via: PS Blog