Japanese gamers will soon have a new set of Vita bundles to choose from. Sony announced that they will be releasing the “Debut Pack” in Japan on February 19th for 19,980 yen ($169). 

The new bundle will come in three different flavors. The first version will feature the PCH-1000 3G capable version of the Vita in black. The second will feature the new PCH-2000 WiFi version in blue and black, and the last bundle will include the PCH-2000 Vita in red and black.

Each bundle will include a 15 day free trial for PS+, a protective pouch, and a 16gb memory card. This is a departure from the usual 8gb card that has been included in bundles to date. Perhaps a reason for the increased size is that the card will come with a bunch of pre-installed software.

Pre-installed software includes Chain Chronicle V, Magica Wars: ZANBATSU and Monster Hunter Frontier G. There will also be some items for Phantasy Star Online 2, such as Toro Evolver, Kuro Evolver, and an A Lancer / Nacht weapon. There will also be a free download code for a God Eater 2; Rage Burst theme.

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  • Fr33Kingdom

    What’s the price of the most common Vita sku in japan?

  • Rodolfo Ferreira

    I gotta say one thing, this whole… contrasted thing between SCEJ and SCEA. I don’t get it.
    While you see some continuous effort to keep the Vita relevant in that country, nothing is done about it in the west. On top of that how’s it that the 64GB Vita memory card has been selling in Japan for months and the US did not get it yet? Is it a reflection of how much scea does not care about it? If so, are we to expect the same from the Vita themes that get released in Japan but not in the US?

    Sometimes I think there are too many people “working” at sony that do not pull their weight, especially when it comes to the Vita’s and our sake.

    • Nonscpo

      In all likelyhood the 32GB cards arent selling at the 80 dollar pricetag, so they probably figured that if gamers arent willing to shell out 80 bucks for 32GB then there probably not gonna spend 100 bucks on 64GB of memory.

      • Rodolfo Ferreira

        They should be smart, not greedy. If it’s going to cost us so much, then give us that much space. It’s simple.
        One of the things I don’t get from this sale in Japan is this: why would they make the first gen. PS Vita with the Vita port if it’s never going to be used? It’d be at least reasonable to ditch it and sell the 1st gen handheld at reduced cost (after all why bother making a proprietary port that is never going to be used?).

        • Nonscpo

          Surplus?

          • Rodolfo Ferreira

            I thought so, but if that’s the case -and assuming all these models are being sold at US$169 – it doesn’t make sense to me. I mean if getting rid of what’s left from the last generation is their #1 priority then sell it for a cheaper price in order to boost sales.
            Nonetheless, I personally think the Vita 2000 model should get rid of the rear touch pad. Why? Because only games developed and designed to work specifically with the device will make use of it. But all the Vita gets are indies and ports and they only use the front one.
            Cheaper screen, no more rear touch, better battery life and the rest is the same spec of the previous gen. Could it get any better? Of course, just let us use our regular microSD cards like the 3DS does, give us an HDMI-output, allow us to use ShareFactory and promise we’ll get at least one AAA PS Vita Exclusive title per semester hand-picked by the community and I promise you the handheld will rise again from the ashes.

          • Nonscpo

            I dont think they’ll ever get rid of the rear touchscreen this late in the game. As far as the SD cards go, that ship has already sailed. If they were gonna do that they would have done it with the PCH-2000 and the Playstation TV. At this point there better off staying the course and flooding the market with 16/32 GB cards if they can.

      • aros

        Anyone who wants a 64gb card would import, mine cost less than my 32gb did. It would just be almost twice the price to buy locally as it is to import. 64gb is for hardcore gamers who are happy to import.

  • SarcasticPersona

    A 16 gig bundle for $169 would be pretty good to bring here Sony especially when Nintendo is unveiling a new competing handheld…

    • Kuroneko

      Yeah…But this is Sony we’re talking about.

      • SarcasticPersona

        *sigh* Yeah… I know…

    • Nonscpo

      Agreed, what they need to do is sell a bundle with a 16GB card and 3-4 games; but above all elses they need to advertise it. Personally I think they should make a monster hunting themed bundle with Toukiden, Freedom Wars, Monster Hunter Freedom Unite, and God’s Eater Burst (2 Vita & 2 PSP games). The reason this would be a good idea is to grow the online commmunity, better the value for new vita owners, and incentivize BandaiNamco to finally localize God Eater Rage Burst 2 once and for all.

      • SarcasticPersona

        You’ve really thought about this. Why don’t you have a job in marketing at SCEA yet.

        • Nonscpo

          Too much common sense isnt allowed up in corporate.

      • RealGamerJ

        The games you named don’t appeal to Americans enough to shell out 170 dollars I’m sorry. Vita is over.

        • Nonscpo

          I think you missed the point of what my non existing imagination bundle is supposed to do. Yes your absolutely right the games I mentioned do not have the mass appeal that western AAA have, however they don’t need to. The purpose of this bundle would be to create such a value for the bundle that it will seem more attractive than buying a New 3DS. Also another benefit would be to grow the western online monster hunting community, which needs to grow considering this genre is becoming the FPS of handhelds.

    • moijk

      You mean the new 3ds? I have yet to figure out why they did it. What possessed them to do it? The confusion among parents and non-techies about wii vs wii u is one thing, but to launch a new console that is basically the same console with a new stick and button .. and the same name.. that is going to confuse them even more. The only reason I see is that they want to squeeze more money out of the 3ds. Now the enthusiast that already own a 3ds and probably also a number of “collectable” special editions will have to shell out for a new daily driver, and probably a new set of “collectable” special editions too.

      I’ll not introduce my kids for 3ds if they keep up like that.

      • aros

        New 3DS is an absolute insult to 3ds gamers. I have seen lots of Nintendo websites claiming it’s more powerful than Vita too to justify buying the same handheld a 3rd time LOL.

  • Nonscpo

    BEST BUNDLE YET!

  • aros

    Are these all free games again?

  • Buckybuckster

    Sweet deal! And the return of the 1000! Because much like black, once you go OLED, you can never go back!