Those people who pre-ordered their PlayStation Vita from certain retailers would have received a special Pre-order Pack as well, as a “thank you” from Sony. They can also be found selling separately on eBay, for instance, so you can still get hold of them if you wish. Because I ordered by Vita from Amazon I got an 8GB memory card instead, which would normally retail at £30. I got hold of the Pre-order Pack via eBay and paid around £15.
The pack is a small box, in which there is… another box (good to know Sony are showing their green credentials here ;)). The top of this box opens to reveal, neatly presented and on display, a pair of “Vita blue” headphones. These are the in-ear variety and comes with 3 different sizes of tips.
Taking the headphones out there doesn’t appear to be much room for anything else. Indeed, all the other goodies that are promised are unlocked via a code printed on a slip of paper. These provide you with…
- £5 discount in the PlayStation Store on any of 4 games – Little Deviants (okay), Hustle Kings (good), Escape Plan (very good) and Super Stardust Delta (excellent)
- A free copy of the PS Vita game Frobisher Says. Essentially, it’s the Vita equivalent of WarioWare, where you’re presented with a series of mini-games that you have to perform as quickly as possible. This is a good demonstrator, I have to say, of the Vita’s various control methods and is quite an addictive game.
- Some PS Vita items for PlayStation Home on the PS3. I’ve not really used PlayStation Home myself, it hasn’t really appealed but I believe these are simply virtual items that your avatar can use.
- A PS Vita avatar – download it and use it as your account avatar!
Of course, the main item are the headphones and these aren’t too bad. The wires from the 2 ear pieces meet up a little too soon for my liking and the only way to extend this is to tear the cable apart – I much prefer the moveable toggle approach that other headphones use. They fit well, not as snuggly as others and the sound, again, is okay. And I guess that’s the overall conclusion of them – they’re okay and nothing special. Of course, if you needed a set to keep with your Vita then a matching set is always nice!
As a freebie, you can’t complain, and the headphones are an okay, if not spectacular, matching accessory. If you’re going to pay for it, though, don’t spend too much. One last thing – you can only redeem the items until the end of August 2012. If it’s after then, you’ve only got a pair of headphones!