Gamescom 2013 is less than three weeks away, and with Sony slated to hold its own event there, we're expecting the Japanese firm to make at least one significant announcement related to the PlayStation 4. One report indicates that one possible announcement could include a PS4 bundle reveal.
According to Videogamer.com and Inside Gamer Daily, a "well-placed anonymous source" told the latter that Sony plans to unveil a PS4 and PS Vita bundle at Gamescom 2013. The bundle would sell for "around $500."
While it's unclear whether this is accurate or not, bundling the PS4 and PS Vita together is not a far-fetched concept, especially considering that the two consoles can be used in tandem. For example, you'll be able to play PS4 games on your PS Vita once the PS4 is released.
Since the PS4 and PS4 Vita can work together, pairing them together as a package deal makes sense. The PS Vita Wi-Fi version currently sells for $249 directly from Sony. Assuming that the Wi-Fi version of the PS Vita would be bundled with the PS4, that would represent a $149 price drop, assuming that Sony would indeed sell the bundle for "around $500" as the report referenced above suggested.
Recently, Sony had this to say regarding the PS Vita: "For PlayStation Vita, we aim to secure sales and profit growth through various hardware sales initiatives and the release of compelling software titles."
Hardware sales initiatives? Bundling the PS4 with PS Vita consoles is one possible initiative. The "around $500" price for both the PS4 and PS Vita would also look pretty tempting when compared with the $499 base model Xbox One, which comes without games and certainly doesn't include a portable gaming console with it.
Whether this PS4/PS Vita bundle sees the light of day or not remains to be seen. Either way, we'll likely find out one way or another at Gamescom 2013, which will begin on Aug. 21.
What do you think of a PS4 and PS Vita bundle? Would you buy one? Why or why not? What do you think of the alleged "around $500" price for a PS4 and PS Vita bundle? Sound off in the comments below.
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