Sunday, February 5, 2012

Sony PS Vita demo hardware drops in at US GameStop locations, lets you go hands-on

If you happen to live within the US borders, you just got real happy. Why? Because Gamestop has just said that it has equipped "over 3,300" of its retail stores with PlayStation Vita demo kiosks. When you are there you can also demo some of the upcoming titles, such as Uncharted and wipEout 2048. This is perfect if you are not sure if you are going to get one yet, or just want to go hands-on with it before the first edition bundle comes out on the 15th or the official launch at retail and video game stores on the 22nd. 

Also you should note that if your Gamestop has the Vita behind glass and you are not allowed to touch it, Bestbuy is doing the same thing also. Anyways, that is two ways to get your hands on the Vita before it comes out.

And if you want to see the Japanese review from Engadget, click here. Below is the press release.

Be Among the First to Experience PlayStation(R)Vita at GameStop
Check out the next generation in portable gaming at more than 3,300 U.S. GameStop locations

GRAPEVINE, Texas, Feb 03, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) --PlayStation(R)Vita (PS Vita) hits shelves this month and GameStop (NYSE: GME) is giving consumers a first glimpse at the highly anticipated new handheld system. More than 3,300 U.S. GameStop stores now have playable demo units that provide a first-hand look at PS Vita's exciting new technology. In addition to the five-inch OLED multi-touch screen, front and rear touch pads, dual analog sticks, dual cameras and six-axis motion sensing system, players can experience a variety of games, including:

UNCHARTED: Golden Abyss(TM)
Little Deviants(TM)
Hot Shots Golf(R): World Invitational
ModNation(TM) Racers: Road Trip
Virtua Tennis(TM)4: World Tour Edition
Escape Plan(TM)
wipEout(R) 2048

"We are excited to be the first retailer where consumers can experience the PS Vita," stated Bob Puzon, vice president of merchandising at GameStop. "We are impressed with how the quad-core technology brings gaming to life and are confident consumers will be, too."

To help consumers trade up to the PS Vita, GameStop is offering an extra $25 on the trade-in of a Nintendo DS, Nintendo 3DS or Sony PSP system toward the purchase of the new system. To learn more about the trade up offer or to find a GameStop store with a playable PS Vita demo unit, visit

The PS Vita launches in the U.S. on Feb. 22, 2012, but eager gamers can get their hands on it a week early by pre-ordering the First Edition Bundle. The bundle, available on Feb. 15, includes:

PS Vita 3G/Wi-Fi system
PS Vita case
Little Deviants game
4GB memory card
AT&T DataConnect Pass good for one free 250MB data session ($14.99 value) upon purchase of one 250 MB data session
PlayStation Network game voucher provided upon 3G activation on the AT&T mobile broadband network.*

The bundle is valued at $435 and will sell for $349.99 - an $85 bonus value.

On Feb. 22, three additional PS Vita options will be available: a Wi-Fi model for $249.99, a 3G/Wi-Fi model for $299.99 and a limited edition PS Vita Launch Bundle that will include:

PS Vita 3G/Wi-Fi system
8GB memory card
AT&T DataConnect Pass good for one free 250MB data session ($14.99 value) upon purchase of one 250MB data session
PlayStation Network game voucher provided upon 3G activation for $299.

This bundle is part of a promotional offer and availability is limited.

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