Discounted Import Vitas: Just Wait Until February 22
Fight the temptation to own the system before everyone else. It'll be here soon enough, and much cheaper.
As someone who's made plenty of ill-advised purchases (here's the proof), the thought of buying an import PlayStation Vita seems tempting. For $399 ($100 more than the U.S. 3G model), Play-Asia will send the Wi-Fi system my way, and I'll have it at least a month before everyone else. The curious stares in public, the random conversations, the wide-eyed kids that can look but not touch...all perks of importing.
None of which are worth the dough.
I'm electing to pass on the recently discounted Japanese Vitas, even if Play-Asia slashes them another $50 and even $100 in the weeks ahead.
It's simply not worth the money. No offense to Sony. The company created one sexy piece of tech, but come on. Why bother parting with more cash than I'm willing to spend for a system that currently plays games that mostly come in Japanese? What about the packaging? Maybe you throw it away. I prefer to read it.
Beyond that, I want everything to work right out of the box without incident. Games, PlayStation Network. The warranty means something.
Besides, we're almost a month away from the system's February 22 debut, and if you're like me, there's a stack of games from the holidays I've yet to crack. How bad is it? I started playing Bulletstorm on Xbox 360 the week of Christmas.
Bulletstorm debuted February 2011, coincidentally on the 22nd.
Regardless of how bad you want a Vita (I want one badly), February will be here before you know it. For that reason alone, you should avoid importing.