Now here’s a tempting gaming deal if ever we’ve seen one – a new rumour is suggesting that Sony’s forthcoming PlayStation 4 next-gen console will be made avaialble in a bundle that will also include the PS Vita gaming handheld.
Inside Gaming Daily is claiming that a “well-placed anonymous source” has told them that a bundle containing both units will be made available at “the end of the year”. Even better is its price, which is thought to be “around $500″, which if converted directly into £GBP would be around the £325 mark. Such low pricing while the UK pre-order price for the PS4 is currently hovering around the £350 mark is unlikely, but even if it pushed up to £400 or £450, it’d still be a compelling deal considering the PS Vita is currently itself priced at £170.
Sony have yet to officially confirm any such bundle, but it seems highly likely that the company could do so. Sony have been keen to stress the potential for inter-connectivity between the PlayStation 4 and the PS Vita, mandating that all PS4 games should be playable over Wi-Fi on the PS Vita screen, and pushing the PS Vita’s role as a second-screen companion for the next-gen home console.
Encouraging gamers to buy into the Vita platform alongside the PS4 could really boost the handheld’s software sales, and a PS4 bundle would be a great way of emphasising the connection between the two machines.
With Gamescom looming just over the horizon, we’d say it’s a fairly safe bet to put money on Sony revealing the bundle at the show, putting further pressure on the flailing Wii U from Nintendo, and the second-screen tech offered up by Microsoft’s Xbox One.
By Gerald Lynch | August 6th, 2013