Last week, the PS Vita Slim released in the United Kingdom, with only rumors circulating about a U.S. release. That news has now become official. At a Los Angeles press event on Feb. 10, Sony’s U.S. division vice president of marketing John Koller announced that the slim model will be coming stateside in spring.
Koller also announced that a Borderlands 2 Vita bundle will be released at the same time for only $199.99. The bundle will include a black Wi-Fi enabled Vita, an 8 GB memory card, and a downloadable copy of “Borderlands 2” with six downloadable content packs. A price for the standalone PS Vita Slim was not announced at the time.
“Borderlands 2” was released in fall of 2012 for the Xbox 360, PC and PlayStation 3 to overwhelmingly positive responses. The developer of the game, Gearbox Software, has since released multiple pieces of DLC including more story content, customizable skin options and two new characters.
The Vita version of the game can do everything the console versions can but it comes with six downloadable content packs including Captain Scarlett and Her Pirate’s Booty, Mr. Torgue’s Campaign of Carnage, the Psycho and Mechromancer character classes, Ultimate Vault Hunter Upgrade Pack 1 and the Collector’s Edition Pack. Players can transfer their save files from the PlayStation 3 version as well as use a cross-save function, allowing “Borderlands 2” to be played on the go.
Putting “Borderlands 2” on the Vita and including in a bundle is one of Sony’s newest strategies to get gamers to the buy the handheld system. Even without the DLC, the game can take almost 30 hours to beat. That coupled with a price of $199.99 and an 8 GB memory card makes the new PS Vita Slim Bundle a deal compared to the current price of other systems. Anticipating a high demand, Amazon has already opened pre-orders for the bundle and handheld.
By Symmion Moore