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Sony reveals Cross Buy for PlayStation Vita

Players get the Vita version free when they buy the PS3 version. UPDATE: SCEA confirms promotion for US too

Update: Sony Computer Entertainment America has just confirmed with us that the Cross Buy initiative will come to North America as well. "SCEA will have a similar offer for PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time, and Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault; users who purchase the PS3 versions of these titles will be able to download the PS Vita versions of the respective titles from PlayStation Network at no additional cost," an SCEA rep told us.

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At its Gamescom 2012 press conference today, Sony announced a number of new PlayStation Vita intiatives, including the new Cross Buy program for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita. When users purchase the PlayStation 3 versions of certain titles, they'll receive the PlayStation Vita version at no additional cost.

The first titles in the Cross Buy system will be PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, Sly Cooper: Thieves In Time, and Ratchet & Clank: Q-Force. Sony said that more Cross Buy titles will be added later.

A Little Big Planet Vita bundle was announced with a release alongside the title. The bundle includes the game and a Vita unit for €249, with no North American pricepoint given. A Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified bundle was also revealed, featuring a copy of Declassified and a limited-edition Call of Duty themed Vita. No price point was given for the second bundle.

Sony also announced that PSOne Classics will finally launch on Vita on August 28, 2012.

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