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PS Vita Demo Units Now at GameStop

by Joey Davidson | February 3, 2012

If you’ve been looking to take Sony’s upcoming handheld for a spin and you live in the United States, now’s your chance to do so in a retail shop near your home. GameStop announced today by way of press release that the PlayStation Vita is officially available for demo in more than 3,300 retail locations.

As for which games will be playable in the shops, the press release lists a few that will be available:

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

GameStop also indicated that they wold have a special 3G/Wi-Fi bundle for the PS Vita that includes a few extra goodies for sale on February 22nd. Here’s what that bundle includes:

  • 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

When it comes to handheld gaming, as far as I’m concerned, one of the most important enjoyment variables stands in the comfort of the device. If you can’t hold and play a portable for more than 20 minutes at a time, then you’ve likely got your hands on something that isn’t exactly ergonomically sound.

So, if you’re on the market for a new portable and the PS Vita has your interest, I suggest you head to a store and check it out. Worst case scenario: you try it, you hate it and you save yourself some scratch. Or, you’ll try it and fall in love with the device even harder.

The PS Vita will launch for special pre-orders on February 15th. It will hit retail fully a week later on February 22nd. Will you be picking one up?

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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
  • EA SPORTS FIFA Soccer
  • 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, visitwww.GameStop.com/PSVitaDemos.

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.

About GameStop Corp.

GameStop Corp. (NYSE: GME), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Grapevine, Texas, is the world’s largest multichannel video game retailer. GameStop’s retail network and family of brands include 6,627 company-operated stores in 17 countries worldwide and online atwww.GameStop.com. The network also includes: www.Kongregate.com, a leading browser-based game site; Game Informer(R) magazine, the leading multi-platform video game publication; Spawn Labs, a streaming technology company; and a digital PC game distribution platform available athttp://www.GameStop.com/PC.

General information on GameStop Corp. can be obtained at the company’s corporate website. Follow GameStop on Twitter @ www.twitter.com/GameStop and find GameStop on Facebook @www.facebook.com/GameStop.

*Mobile Broadband access requires DataConnect Pass plan for other specified devices. Time begins expiring immediately upon purchase/activation, whether you are using the service or not. Once your time expires or the allotted data is used, whichever comes first, your data access will cease. 30 day domestic plans automatically renew, unless you cancel auto-renewal. Fees are non-refundable. For full terms see DataConnect Pass Wireless Data Services Agreement on www.att.com/wirelesslegal. Mobile broadband coverage not available in all areas.

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Joey Davidson

Joey Davidson leads the gaming department here on TechnoBuffalo. He's been covering games online for more than 10 years, and he's a lover of all...Joey Davidson leads the gaming department here on TechnoBuffalo. He's been covering games online for more than 10 years, and he's a lover of all...


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