To say that the PlayStation Vita is in a tricky position would be a resounding understatement. Sony's handheld darling is emphatically adored by those that own it, but seemingly ignored by everyone else – including the buying public. In a bid to reverse the machine's failing fortunes, the platform holder has announced a new bundle for the Japanese market aimed at giving potential buyers a stronger incentive to take the plunge.
It's called the Welcome Box, and it comes packed with a slim model Vita, an 8GB memory card, and a subscription to Sony's Music Unlimited service. On the games front, the system will be pre-loaded with free-to-play titles Joysound.TV Plus, Dragon's Dogma Quest, and Power Pro Stadium, as well as trial versions of God Eater 2, Soul Sacrifice Delta, and Terraria. The whole package will cost ¥20,454 ($195), which offers a neat little saving considering the standalone console retails for ¥18,995 ($180). The inclusion of demos does seem a little suspect, but as far as we're concerned, the bundle is well and truly worth the price of admission purely for that 8GB memory card.
Before you get too excited, though, it behoves us to mention that several of the included games have not yet been released in the West. So if we did end up seeing the Welcome Box, it would likely be a completely re-jigged version. Do you welcome the idea of this bundle, or are you searching for something a little more substantial? Never stop playing in the comments section below.