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PlayStation Vita 'First Edition' pre-orders to ship a week early in US and Canada

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Reality Fighters on PlayStation Vita at E3 2011
Reality Fighters on PlayStation Vita at E3 2011

Sony may be planning to gouge customers at the register with expensive add-ons for the PlayStation Vita, but it's doing something interesting with pre-orders for the handheld — Sony announced that customers in the U.S. and Canada can pre-order the PS Vita First Edition bundle from select retailers, starting today, and those who buy early will get their hands on the Vita up to one week before the official February 22nd release date. The bundle will cost $349.99 for the U.S. version (excluding tax and shipping), and includes a PS Vita with 3G and Wi-Fi, a 4GB PS Vita memory card, a limited edition case, and the game Little Deviants. The Canadian version includes all of the same except it will contain the Wi-Fi only Vita and will retail for $299.99.

Since the 3G Vita carries a price tag of $299 and a 4G Vita card will cost roughly $30, the bundle is going to set you back about $20 more than if you purchase things individually. Of course, the bundle will ship early and also includes Little Deviants, which might easily cover the price gap — if Japan is any indication, the cartridge alone could cost as much as $60. All in all a pretty good deal if you were planning on buying everything, anyway.

Be sure to read our PS Vita hands-on if you're feeling unsure about whether to crack open your wallet.