All PS Vitas $199 at Target August 18-24

[UPDATE] Price cut confirmed for 3G and WiFi systems.

[UPDATE] The Target weekly ad for August 18-24 released today confirms the price cut. All PlayStation Vita systems are $199 through the end of the week.

The original story is below

All PlayStation Vita systems will be marked down to $199 at Target beginning August 18 and running through August 24, according to a leaked Target advertisement obtained by Blu-ray Forums.

The ad specifies that "all PS Vita game systems" will be marked down. The handhelds currently retail for $250 for the Wi-Fi version and $300 for the 3G model.

Neither Sony nor Target were immediately available to comment.

The PS Vita received a price cut in Japan in February, but Sony said in February that no such price drop would be extended to North America due to exchange rates and other factors.

Decisions about price drops are made on a region-by-region basis, Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida said at the time.

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hatieshorrer
hatieshorrer

Great now it just needs some great games.

Hellhound30x
Hellhound30x

I don't know at this point there isn't anything on the system that I want to play. When the first PSP came out there was a ton of software i wanted to play on it... FF7 Crisis Core, (its crowning achievement if you ask me.) was one of my all time favorite games on that little Hand held.. not to mention the God of war games... Silent Hill, MGS Acid, Mgs P.O., Peace Walker, Kingdom Hearts... there was just a lot of reason to want one... unfortunately that isn't the case with the Vita. 


I'd rather get a Nintendo Wii U at this point, and thats not saying much.

marco1k1
marco1k1

Its a shame really, the Vita is a fantastic piece of kit and I can only imagine its capabilities later on when developers get more confident, I hope for the sake of Handhelds that a title comes along to bolster its sales and make it a worthwhile endeavor for Sony.

I loved the PSP when I got one mine in 07' and continue to use it even now granted mostly for emulation but also for the games it had on its own.

Sadly though the price just deters people, even I bought a 3DS over saving for Vita but only really because of Pokémon X/Y other then that I'm not that interested in the 3DS line up. Something else that's note worthy is that the money you spend on a Vita will add up to the same as getting a 3DS + a good amount of games for it because the 3DS games are bloody expensive in comparison to PSVita titles.

obsequies
obsequies

anyone want a killzone closed beta code? don't have a vita

19James89
19James89

What they should do is release Little Big Planet Karting Vita and Bioshock for the Vita and I will buy the bloody thing.

DIGN
DIGN

Anyone waiting on memory cards should wait till the sony gamescom conference as there have been rumors of price cuts going all around.

19James89
19James89

@DIGN Hopefully because their own SD cards are a chronic rip off.

bongsyas_23
bongsyas_23

no thanks. my smartphone can do more than this handheld can ever do.

acelogan1989
acelogan1989

@bongsyas_23 it's not about performance and feature , my 3DS are less powerful than your smartphone . but 3ds have a great games . 

on smartphone you can only play  "piece of shit" quality  games

Incubus420
Incubus420

It seems tempting but I know there is a new version of this system around the corner.  I just know there is.  March next year they will announce a new version of the Vita that will probably launch in September 2014.  I just can't get a Vita now knowing that there will be a new one so soon.  

greenpolyp
greenpolyp

Does that include the Walking Dead Bundle?

dmastor
dmastor

make it 100 and make me use my provider then we talk

freedom01
freedom01 moderator

@dmastor no handheld is sold for $100 that are current gen.

rasterror
rasterror

Memory cards as still too expensive.  And those that buy the 3G are stuck on AT&Terrible and have to pay deep out their colon for crappy service.  Still not worth it.

Nintyfan95
Nintyfan95

Sony should make them all that way, why are they waiting so long for this price drop. 

greenpolyp
greenpolyp

@Nintyfan95 Because if they drop it then it will make it look like a failure. They are trying to create an illusion that its such a great machine.

tjkraz
tjkraz

@greenpolyp @Nintyfan95 All gaming hardware comes down in price over time.  3DS...Xbox...PS3, etc.  And sales numbers are readily available...the Vita IS a flop.  

The hardware is decent but they aren't going to get support from developers until more units have been sold.  Meanwhile, lack of good games (and price!) leaves consumers with no reason to buy.

This isn't rocket science, Sony.  

innocent69
innocent69

@greenpolyp @Nintyfan95 poor desperate Sony, droping their price in order to compete with the so called "inferior" 3DS. Now I'll admit that a one week sale at Target is not a big deal, but the article does mention a price cut in Japan. I'm guessing that was a "permanent" price cut. 

greenpolyp
greenpolyp

@innocent69 @greenpolyp @Nintyfan95 I dont know why sony just wont cut the price of the memory sticks. When the PS3 came out it took a 800 dollar loss with each PS3. Though that information came from Sony. 

fanirama
fanirama

I was very tempted to buy one and went to Target last night. It said "limited stock" but they had at least one available. I didn't pick it up. 

$50 isn't a huge saving tbh and I think the system is still overpriced along with the ridiculous memory pricing. 

I'll buy the system if it is for $149 with 4GB bundled or $199 with Wifi (3G not needed for me) and 32GB and bundled with a game.  Else there's not much point to the system. 


I think the games are lacking for this system. Because of their greed and short sightedness. Excellent and perhaps the best ever handheld marred by bad business decisions are killing it.

deathblow3
deathblow3

@fanirama hopefully it will come around game wise any way look how long it took the psp to pick up steam

monson21502
monson21502

i already confirmed i wouldnt pay over 99 bucks for 1 and thats only if it came with a game and over priced memory card 

freedom01
freedom01 moderator

@monson21502 yeah, good luck finding a handheld (current gen handhelds) with a bundle of a game and memorycard  that is $99 then.