Ever since I saw this bundle announced at E3, I knew I had to buy it, finally October 30th came around and I received it in the mail just 1 day later.
The Bundle: It comes with a USB cable which doubles as a PC connector and a charger (when you connect the USB to the other piece that plugs into the wall), AC Liberation, 4gb memory card, AR cards, and all your usual manuals.
The Looks: What else can I say, the vita is beautiful, it really stands out when compared to the black Vita, which is not bad looking itself, but this one just blows it away in my opinion. It really helps against finger prints as well, they are very hard to spot on the system so as long as you don't touch it with dirty hands or anything, it will look nice and clean most of the time, of course I recommend wiping it down with a microfiber cloth every now and then just to keep it looking pristine. The details are beautiful, the little playstation symbols on the back touch pad are a very cool touch and the dark gray metallic streak it has going around the outside of the system adds to the overall great look of the Vita. I also have a special edition Big Boss Camo psp, which I love how it looks, but when I put them side by side, honestly this White Vita put it to shame, haha.
Features: I've spend the 2 days I've had this Vita mostly exploring the features and different options it has, it has some great apps like Netflix, Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Skype, Paint Park and Treasure park to name a couple.
So it has quite a few multimedia options, you can also add your own pictures, music and videos off of your computer or if you buy them from PSN if you choose. The screen is very vibrant and looks great, you can play HD videos and pictures on it, when comparing it to the 3DS, the screen quality is leaps better. It also has a from and rear camera which you can use to record videos and take pictures as well as play some AR games like with the 3DS. It also has Sixaxis motion control like the ps3 controller.I haven't explored all the features yet, but so far its really cool and you can do many different things with it, I'm gonna connect it to my ps3 and see what I can do with both of them linked together.
AC Liberation: Like I said I spent the last 2 days mainly checking out the features so I've only gotten about an hour of gameplay in on Liberation, so far I must say its definitely a portable AC game, it has all you would expect from an AC game, the stealth kills, the climbing, the combat...etc. One thing I noticed though is that it suffers from framerate dips at some points which can get really jarring at times. The game's graphics are pretty impressive, nothing revolutionary or anything, but then again the system is still young and we usually don't see developers push the hardware to its limits until later in the console's life, take God of War Ghost of Sparta for example, great looking game and it was on the psp!
Final thoughts: I am extremely happy with this bundle and think it was worth every penny spent, you get a free game and a free memory card as well as an exclusive beautiful color for the same price as a regular black Vita. My biggest gripe with this is that AC Liberation didn't come with its case, it just came in a plastic holder along with the memory card. I have no idea why sony has been doing this with their bundles, I also bought the Metal Gear Solid Big Boss psp bundle back when Peace Walker came out and that one didn't come with the game case either, just the disc in a little cardboard sleeve. Case is just a minor gripe though, my other one is the memory card size, 4gb is fine for your basic saving and apps and a demo download here and there, but if you want to buy some digital games, 4 gb will not be enough for long, I downloaded a few demos off PSN when I was playing with it and I just about filled up my memory card, I can't even download Resistance demo because that alone takes over 3gb! I'd have to delete all my other demos first. Definitely need to upgrade if you're planning on storing digital games in there, which I am. I hate how Sony chose the expensive route of having you buy their own brand of memory cards as opposed to the 3DS (which I also love) which uses your good old SD cards.
This Review is getting pretty long so let me wrap this up, all in all this is a great bundle, you save a good amount of money since it comes with a free game and memory card and the system looks beautiful, I'd say if you're interested even remotely in the Vita, get this bundle NOW!
It has now been almost a month since I bought the system, the Vita has gotten even sweeter, some new apps have been added, you now have an email app where you link an email account and check your email on the Vita, I don't know if you can link more than one account though. Also the browser has been much improved. You are also now able to play a game, pause it and enter the browser all without quitting your game in case you need to check a walkthrough or maybe you just want to check facebook or twitter for a quick second. Google maps has now been added with a temperature feature and the "Near" app has been improved (this is an app that lets you see what people around you are playing and you can send and receive in game gifts with them, kind of like the 3DS streetpass feature, but a bit more elaborate).
Now for the juiciest update, the Vita has been updated to support Playstation plus (which is basically a subscription service for ps3 and Vita. It gives you various bonuses, like exclusive discounts, free games, early access to demos, betas, free themes for ps3 or free avatars. As well as cloud saving storage for your games.) Anyways this service is completely optional and you can still play online for free and download demos, videos and games like always. I HIGHLY recommend getting this service because while the discounts and early access...etc are great, the free games are the real icing on the cake. On the Vita you get 6 free games (Uncharted, Gravity Rush, Wipeout 2048, FF Tactics War of the Lions, Mutant Blobs and Jet Set Radio) these have a combined value of at least 100$ if not more. Vita + PS Plus = a must buy for gamers. I am extremely happy with my Vita.