Sony has announced the Vita 'Mega Pack', which bundles ten digital games with an 8GB memory card.
The Mega Pack will also be released in some territories as part of a new Wi-Fi Vita hardware bundle priced at £229.99 / €249.99. Available now in France, Spain, Portugal and Israel, it's due to launch in Austria, Switzerland and Germany on June 26 and in the UK on June 28. We've asked Sony for UK prices.
Mega Pack games:
- LittleBigPlanet PS Vita
- WipeOut 2048
- MotorStorm RC
- Little Deviants
- Frobisher Says! (with Fun Pack DLC)
- Ecolibrium (with Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum game packs)
- Ratchet and Clank: Size Matters
- Hungry Giraffe
- The HD Adventures of Rotating Octopus Character
Vita has underperformed since launching in February 2012, but Sony has resisted cutting the handheld's price so far in Europe, excluding some limited-time offers in certain territories. The platform holder will be hoping that the Mega Pack hardware bundle will be enough to tempt those who have been on the fence about purchasing the handheld.
As part of its full-year financial briefing in May, Sony published annual PlayStation hardware sales forecasts for the current business year, which included an expected decline in the adoption of its portable systems.
The company forecast a combined total of just five million Vita and PSP sales during the period. That compares unfavourably to seven million handheld sales reported for the business year ended April 2013, itself down from Sony's initial projection of 16 million units.
Asked if Sony launched Vita too early, Sony Computer Entertainment UK boss Fergal Gara said last week: "That might be a point worth reflecting on in a year or two's time and maybe we'll be answering that as yes. It's a little early to judge, certainly if it takes off now than we'll reflect on it."