Sony Confirms Vita Price Cut

Sony Confirms Vita Price Cut

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Sony has announced a new $200 price point for the Vita during its Gamescom press conference.

Confirming what many had thought was coming (and well overdue), Sony officially announced at its Gamescom conference that the PlayStation Vita will be getting a price drop. The handheld, which launched at $250, will henceforth be $200 in the United States. European Vitas will be receiving a similar price cut translated into Euros. The price drop honestly comes as little surprise. Suspicions about a potential cut had recently been fueled by similar recent discounts being offered at Target and Best Buy.

The price cut came alongside several new game announcements, including a confirmed Vita version of Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number. Sony also spent some time during its press conference highlighting the Vita's remote play functionality with PS4. Even with a price cut in play, it remains uncertain if the tides will turn for the Vita. A $50 drop in its price is a definite positive, as are promises to reduce the cost of the handheld's proprietary memory cards. Whether or not these price drops result in a boost in sales, however, is something we'll have to wait and see. That said, this is an inarguable step in the right direction that many gamers have been begging for since the portable launched in 2011.

Source: USA Today

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Hmm, if the price cut is good enough in the UK I may pick one up to play the handful of games I have been wanting (If I get one Persona 4 better be the best thing ever or I will be having words with some of you).

Although generally speaking we don't tend to get very good exchange rates with such things. The Xbox One for example is $500 which should translate to around 319, but it is 429 ($672). The Playstation 4 is $400 which should come to around 255, but it is 349 ($547). So I do not have much hope that we will get a good deal. I feel sorry for Australians too seeing as they tend to get even worse rates.

Legion:
Hmm, if the price cut is good enough in the UK I may pick one up to play the handful of games I have been wanting (If I get one Persona 4 better be the best thing ever or I will be having words with some of you).

Although generally speaking we don't tend to get very good exchange rates with such things. The Xbox One for example is $500 which should translate to around 319, but it is 429 ($672). The Playstation 4 is $400 which should come to around 255, but it is 349 ($547). So I do not have much hope that we will get a good deal. I feel sorry for Australians too seeing as they tend to get even worse rates.

As I recally their prices on those systems are actually about the same.

I recently picked up a vita for 170 with that mega-pack thingy. It's a great system and actually does have a fair few really bloody good games, particularly cheaper titles and indie games.

Here's the price cut you've all been screaming out for though.

Still not going to buy one. I don't like digital only distribution. I don't like devices that are totally locked down. I have never and wouldn't pirate, but I own the damn thing it is mine to use as I please.

Anyway...good times. No Vita for me.

carpathic:
Still not going to buy one. I don't like digital only distribution. I don't like devices that are totally locked down. I have never and wouldn't pirate, but I own the damn thing it is mine to use as I please.

Anyway...good times. No Vita for me.

What.

The Vita isn't only digital... Most of my games are physical.

Korten12:

carpathic:
Still not going to buy one. I don't like digital only distribution. I don't like devices that are totally locked down. I have never and wouldn't pirate, but I own the damn thing it is mine to use as I please.

Anyway...good times. No Vita for me.

What.

The Vita isn't only digital... Most of my games are physical.

This.

I don't get the complaint. How is it locked down ? There's no region locking too...unless you're complaining that you can't get games for free ?...

Remember what utterly killed the psp ?

Yeah! Now all they have to do is drop the stupid vita memory card prices and they might actually sell some systems and games on the online store.

Also, to cut costs, maybe they should drop the stupid 3G model. Isn't the 3G model selling way less than the wifi only model? It seems like some stores are pricing them the same to move more 3Gs. Maybe the retailers don't want the 3Gs clogging the shelves. All I've heard was downloading a single game pretty much hits your monthly cap, and the online connection is crap for multiplayer. Why bother when most people would use a wifi hotspot to at least get games? Anyone heard anything different?

Good. Bigger install base is more games for me.

Good start Sony, now make the Memory Cards that you have for the Vita cheaper and I guarantee the thing will soar in sales for you, because the special memory cards are freaking expensive. >.<

Neronium:
Good start Sony, now make the Memory Cards that you have for the Vita cheaper and I guarantee the thing will soar in sales for you, because the special memory cards are freaking expensive. >.<

The memory cards are dropping in price as well, just not quite enough. 32GB card is $80, so you'll see them starting to be on sale for $60. Which is an... improvement, but still twice as much as a normal SD card.

Yay!, I can finally snach Persona 4, Dragons Crown and Metal Gear Collection to play on the go! :D

That's great. I'm heading off to college soon and I'm probably gonna need a new handheld to play. Plus the Vita has been looking more and more attractive to me lately, with it's indie support, Sony exclusives/cross play, and the fact that it has multiple uses.

Woohoo! Good for them :)

But keep in mind, that price point IS still a lie since you need to pay the outrageous cost of memory cards if you hope to get anything out of the system.

Legion:
Hmm, if the price cut is good enough in the UK I may pick one up to play the handful of games I have been wanting (If I get one Persona 4 better be the best thing ever or I will be having words with some of you).

Although generally speaking we don't tend to get very good exchange rates with such things. The Xbox One for example is $500 which should translate to around 319, but it is 429 ($672). The Playstation 4 is $400 which should come to around 255, but it is 349 ($547). So I do not have much hope that we will get a good deal. I feel sorry for Australians too seeing as they tend to get even worse rates.

Actually we arguably got better rates, for eg: PS4 is $550, which when taking shipping and the fact it includes tax (US prices don't include tax) into consideration is practically the US price. I checked the differences out when the prices were announced, looked at importing one. Its cheaper to buy one here than import, which is very rare.

OT: Good to hear, I got my 3G version for $250 with a game and 32gb card, its definently worth the price if you can get one. Especially if your on the train/bus to work or travel otherwise with time to burn.

The memory cards are dropping in price too, which the article should have mentioned xD

The prices of the memory cards are a joke. I'm glad Sony have promised to drop them, but probably not enough though.

It's ridiculous that I can get a class 10 Micro SD card for 13, but would have to pay 58 for a 32GB Vita card.

Despite this I'm still contemplating getting one sometime. I'm hoping the drop in new prices will drop used prices too.

Legion:
Hmm, if the price cut is good enough in the UK I may pick one up to play the handful of games I have been wanting (If I get one Persona 4 better be the best thing ever or I will be having words with some of you).

Although generally speaking we don't tend to get very good exchange rates with such things. The Xbox One for example is $500 which should translate to around 319, but it is 429 ($672). The Playstation 4 is $400 which should come to around 255, but it is 349 ($547). So I do not have much hope that we will get a good deal. I feel sorry for Australians too seeing as they tend to get even worse rates.

Speaking as someone who's played over 35 hours of persona 4 golden in the past five days, yea it's pretty much the best.

Legion:
Hmm, if the price cut is good enough in the UK I may pick one up to play the handful of games I have been wanting (If I get one Persona 4 better be the best thing ever or I will be having words with some of you).

Although generally speaking we don't tend to get very good exchange rates with such things. The Xbox One for example is $500 which should translate to around 319, but it is 429 ($672). The Playstation 4 is $400 which should come to around 255, but it is 349 ($547). So I do not have much hope that we will get a good deal. I feel sorry for Australians too seeing as they tend to get even worse rates.

Except in the US and Canada prices are listed before tax wherein the UK they're listed after tax, making thing seem very disproportionate.

Sweet, might pick one up cuz it looks good to have all the past ps1 and psp games on it.

Does anyone know if say it is possible to get a voucher for a digital copy of a physically owned psp game to go into the vita?

Sorry dumb question

I am getting one of these for the Binding of Isaac Rebirth. Anything else will be extra. So good news for me! :D

Marik2:
Sweet, might pick one up cuz it looks good to have all the past ps1 and psp games on it.

Does anyone know if say it is possible to get a voucher for a digital copy of a physically owned psp game to go into the vita?

Sorry dumb question

No, there was only that in Japan.

Sorry Vita, but its a little to late for me. I was planning on giving you until E3 to announce a price cut and have me consider getting a Vita over a 3DS but you didn't and know I have one of those. I do like handhelds and my psp is broken so I may still get one later but I've got the 3ds library to go though first. I do like the Vita, but your timing was off for this and now I play Animal Crossing everyday.

So it's dropped to €199, which would make it 170.... Hmmm. That's the price it's been selling at for months now over here. This should be interesting.

 

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