3G PlayStation Vita now $250 online

[UPDATE] Sony trims $50 off 3G/Wi-Fi version of gaming device through online store; no price cut for Wi-Fi-only model; company confirms drop is limited-time offer.

[UPDATE] Following the publication of this story, a Sony representative told GameSpot that the price drop is not permanent.

"The reduction in price is the result of a limited time sales promotion through retail," Sony said.

The original story follows below.

Sony is now selling the 3G PlayStation Vita model for $250, a markdown of $50 from its original $300 launch price. The portable is available at the discounted rate through Sony's official website only. The bundle includes a system, an 8GB memory card, and a free PlayStation Network title.

The price drop for the 3G PS Vita puts it in line with the Wi-Fi version, which currently retails for $250. It is not clear if this is an official price drop or a limited-time offer. A Sony representative was not immediately available to comment.

Separately, Joystiq reports that Sony stores across the United States are selling the 3G PS Vita for $199, with some retail representatives noting the device may be discontinued.

Sony president of Worldwide Studios Shuhei Yoshida said last month that a PS Vita price cut for North America was not in the cards. In Japan, the recent price drop for the device led to sales jumping by a factor of four

GameStop president Tony Bartel said earlier this month that a PS Vita price cut ahead of the PlayStation 4 launch this year would "make sense."

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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cspark809
cspark809

I recently bought a used vita with 2 games (uncharted golden abyss and little divian) ,4gb memory card, and case for $212 on ebay.

I'm very satiyfied with my purchase of vita. Uncharted was great, it did kinda felt about 5% short compared to uncharted 2, but I didn't expect much to be this good with a handheld system. Graphic wise, not as good as ps3; but close enough.

Chase_Payne
Chase_Payne

The vita in my opinion has at least 2 A++ games (Virtues Last Reward, Persona 4 Golden); With those two games alone, to get platinum and full endings in both games, combined would take roughly 150 hours.  You also get access to tons of PSP and PS1 games that sync with your PlayStation 3.

I'm more satisfied with the Vita than the PSP, especially when it's pretty much impossible to "hack" at the moment. There is strict DRM on it, which you barely notice if you are a legitimate customer. The balance of DRM is convincing enough for developers to actually spend money and develop on it.

When final Fantasy comes out this year, expect another A++ game with at least 100 hours of gameplay.

I think people are not giving the Vita enough credit.

Speaking of which, if your credit score is over 650 you can easily get the vita on a 6 month no interest payment plan.

rigbybot127
rigbybot127

And to think, that I bought a 3G Vita for it's original price, and then sold it soon after. 

alext_b
alext_b

Unless they cut prices further still, they're not going to be getting too many sales.

Ravenlore_basic
Ravenlore_basic

Again, PSvita has been hacked therefore Sony needs to make MONEY from selling the hardware and LOWER the price of software, and Royalties. A way to do that is to have several Bundles instead of cheap console by itself. 

Several options should be allowed to deposit $150.00 and pay the rest $20.00 a month (NO interest added) or with credit card/ bank info $50.00 down and $20.00 a month. 

1.  PSV with Lead game, 8GB memory card 2 years of PSN+  $300.00 dollars 

2. PSV with 3 games 8GB memory card and 2 years PSN+ $300.00 dollars

3. PSV any 5 Digital download games 32GB memory card 3 years PSN+ .$450.00 ($250 or $150 deposit  $20.00 month)   

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

If the price comes down to 5 bucks, I'd consider getting one.  I do need a new doorstop after all.

jakesnakeel
jakesnakeel

Nobody wants the 3G model.  At my local Fry's Electronics, they still have, for sale, launch bundles of the 3G model.  They even put a sticker over the special deals part of the box because all the deals expired a year ago.

adkcrazox
adkcrazox

3G network is soo slow that's why i never got that ps vita model

4-Legged-Shark
4-Legged-Shark

I have the 3G model, but I don't use the 3G anymore. Instead I got unlimited tethering on my smartphone. I don't regret buying the 3G model, however, because It allowed me to get my Vita a week before the "official release." I was super hyped for the Vita. Still love it, but I have played all of the games worth playing.  

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

Majority of smartphone owners can use their device as a Wifi hotspot. 3G option is a convenience, but not that important. I save about $30/month if I use my phone as a hotspot compared to paying for a new device to use my shared data plan.

My phone has LTE and downloads speeds average about 30Mps, so not concerned about speed. LTE is anger reason not to worry about built-in 3G. Might get better results using mobile hotspot.

Theory: instead of eliminating the cellular models Sony will upgrade them with LTE chips. Problem with this is finding a universal LTE chip that will work majority of globe.

Double_Wide
Double_Wide

Meh, I'm still cool with paying one internet bill to play my Vita online.

shadowhunter0
shadowhunter0

I still think the deal with 3g vita ps+ and unit 13 for $300 is still a great deal hell in under a year ps+ would pretty much pay for the vita and a 32gig card

NathanDrakeSwag
NathanDrakeSwag

They need to bundle a 32gb memory card with the Wi Fi Vita for $250. 

leeko_link
leeko_link

Good so how about giving 20 free games to those who bought the original 3G for $300.

SadPSPAddict
SadPSPAddict

I never even considered the 3G model to be honest!

LesserAngel
LesserAngel

Yeah.... No, gonna wait for the Wi-Fi price drop.

alchie11
alchie11

This is probably some kind of test before Sony officially announces the $100 price cut - they are waiting for the right time and date (and if they are running out, also waiting for more to be made and shipped). Plus, for the record GameSpot, Sony Style E-tailers almost always have near MSRP prices. I could find cheaper prices of the exact same product on other e-tailers than Sony Style. Sony Style benefits people who buy using points and/or use Sony Cards.

Kemutsemu
Kemutsemu

Nah, still not worth it. Good luck digging yourselves out of this particular hole, Sony.

iBuzz7S
iBuzz7S

Really regret buying the 3G model when it launched here in Australia. Not only did I not use its 3G capabilities after the first week, Vodafone was a terrible company to partner with.

If you're looking for a PS Vita, get the wi-fi model. If you haven't got wi-fi at home, invest in a router for $50 and you will not regret it.

jakesnakeel
jakesnakeel

@Ravenlore_basic Vita has NOT been hacked in any usable fashion for the masses.  'Hacked' is a broad term.  This definitely isn't anything close to a NDS or PSP situation where 6th graders could buy a memory stick and play unlimited free games.

shadowhunter0
shadowhunter0

@SadPSPAddict you wont beleive how much I use the 3g my job takes me to places where this is no wifi but I get a good 3g connection

iBuzz7S
iBuzz7S

@Kemutsemu Digging? They dropped the price in Japan and it sold more than it ever has in the space of a week.

iBuzz7S
iBuzz7S

@emperiox @iBuzz7S But why pay the additional $$$ for a 3G model? Besides, like iOS devices, you can't download anything over whatever the limit is. I think it's 30MB on the PS Vita, but I could be a little off on that number.

emperiox
emperiox

@Rayzakk Tell that to my credit score, lol. I'm almost to the max of 850 ;)

Rayzakk
Rayzakk

Not everyone is so frivolous.  Of course being frugal does have benefits.  Debt free and can always pay as I go.  Dave Ramsey would be so proud.

iBuzz7S
iBuzz7S

@emperiox @iBuzz7S Fair enough. I suppose it depends on which network carrier you decide to use as well.

emperiox
emperiox

@iBuzz7S I mean for me personally that $50 would just be pissed away on pizza or something, I might as well get something physical.