Sony has announced that the “PSP Value Pack” will make its North American debut on March 24th with a MSRP of $249.99 U.S./$299.99 CND. Interestingly enough this bundle will include a major film release instead of a game as a pack-in:
In addition to the revolutionary PSP hardware, the PSP Value Pack contains an unprecedented added-value package of accessories and entertainment content, including 32 MB Memory Stick Duo(TM), headphones with remote control, battery pack, AC adapter, soft case and cleaning cloth, movie/music/game video sampler UMD disc including multiple non-interactive game demos, and for the first one million PSP Value Packs shipped, a special UMD video release of the feature film Spider-Man 2 from Sony Pictures Entertainment.
No word on when a stand-alone PSP without the value pack stuff will be released, but it’s assumed it’ll happen eventually for around $199. Sony plans to have 1 million units on hand for the first week to help insure that the shortages experienced in Japan don’t happen here. The PSP sold out with 200,000 units purchased on its first day over there.
Even if I wasn’t currently looking for a job it’ll probably be awhile before I can afford to purchase one of these beauties for myself, which is OK as that’ll give time to allow the price to drop as well as let me decide if I really need another gaming platform to tote around with me. Man, I must be getting old if I’m actually debating whether I need to buy a PSP. I’m getting all practical and stuff.
Tip o’the hat to Shacknews for the news item.