Downloaded PS Vita games get a discount

Games for Sony's new handheld apparently will be offered in digital form on PlayStation Network for 10 percent less.

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Sony has already said that every retail PlayStation Vita game will be downloadable as well, but the company hadn't mentioned that the digitally distributed games would be cheaper to boot. Game Informer has received confirmation from Sony that downloaded games will indeed be cheaper, with details on the discounts expected "in the very near future."

A discount might take the sting out of not being able to trade in digital games.

The report stemmed from a NeoGAF poster who noticed that Best Buy preorders for the digital edition of PS Vita games were being offered at a discounted rate. A picture of the listing showed 10 percent off downloaded titles, with $40 retail games like Unit 13 and MLB 12 available digitally for $36, and $30 titles like Reality Fighters and Little Deviants selling for $27. The picture also listed the normally $50 Uncharted: Golden Abyss available as a download for $45 and the digital-only Super Stardust Delta for $10.

A Sony representative verified the news for GameSpot, saying, "We can confirm that PS Vita games downloaded from the PS Store on PSN will carry a discount. Further details are not being revealed at this time, but please be on the lookout for an announcement in the very near future."

Discussion

99 comments
graveyardfire
graveyardfire

Ahh I have one question.How do I buy games from the psn store.And please insert detailed information and hurry.Thanks.

lyanowu
lyanowu

My questions are how big are the games, and how do I manage to store all of them in a few memory sticks.

JimmeyBurrows
JimmeyBurrows

ps vita game likely to be 2 to 5gb... memory card £15 to £40... £3 to £5 saving... mmmm... With no loading time issues like the umd's had, I'm thinking thanks... but no thanks.

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

If the manufacturer doesn't need to go through the retail hoops and it's technology costs are covered, then it makes sense that there should be a discount for digital purchases. I'm glad to see that Sony is passing it's savings on to consumers. It's also a good way to encourage people to adapt to all-digital (I'm certain PS4 will have disc-based or cartridge-based gaming, but PS5 is very likely to be ALL-DIGITAL).

ZeroX91
ZeroX91

Shouldn't all digital goods be cheaper than a physical copy given production costs are slightly less? And isn't all content for the Vita digital?

Yulaw2000
Yulaw2000

They will need a very big discount to justify losing your resale option and the cost of memory cards.

shadowhunter0
shadowhunter0

@AnGiTheGamer actually they don't mess up I have download allot of games both on psn and pc all legal and I still have zero problems with them if it does mess up just download it again since you can download games that you have bought has many times has you like and people who buy and sells used games takes money away from the people who makes the games because they don't see a dime of the money made from a sold used game if you want to supports the people who makes games buy the games new and don't sell it afterwards

AnGiTheGamer
AnGiTheGamer

Rather buy the actual game. Can sell it afterwards. Besides, some downloads mess up when you download them. Just buy the actual game because sooner or later, it'll cause problems.

XanderZane
XanderZane

Why would I get the digital copy for $2-$7 less, when I can get the physical version, beat it and then sell it on EBay for 50-60% of it's cost? That discount benefits Sony more then anyone. They are getting $27 - $45 for data copy of the game from their servers. The broadband cost to them in very minimal. Probably less then $1 per game. The digital version should be 30-40% lower if you ask me. The only games I'll download are the cheap $10-$15 ones that are usually worth more then the asking price.

vega13mv
vega13mv

10 years ago "Wow! That's a cool game! Can I play too?" "Yeah! Here you go!" Now "Wow! That's a cool game! Can I play too?" "Yeah, just buy your own system, buy the big memory card and buy the download. You're looking at about a $350 investment." "...nevermind"

Thisisstupid
Thisisstupid

I'd rather pay the 3 bucks and have a physical copy of the game. Especially when you consider you're going to have to buy a bigger overpriced Vita memory card to accomodate digital downloading and that you can probably save at least that much AND have a physical copy by buying from Amazon.

PumpkinBoogie
PumpkinBoogie

@grbolivar, Well yeah…I suppose that's a fairly pragmatic take on. Still I would think the "little discount" someone gets out of 10 games for example pales in comparison seriously "large" amount one's gonna have to spend on a memory card just to hold all those 10 game (plus the so-called "free" one you'd kinda earn from your discount savings). I don't know, somehow in the grand scheme of things I see that as much of a bargain in the end.

Sigil-otaku
Sigil-otaku

Every few games you buy just brings you closer to buying another SD / proprietary mem card though so it ends up about the same or worse off if you buy them online. Though, I am happy to see Sony at least trying so I'll give them some respect for that. I think it'll sadly require more effort than sony is going to put in though, simply due to retailers that will drop prices as well and I don't see Sony constantly keeping the price a few dollars below the RRP when it drops. If you want a game conveniently via download and it's got a decent price though then I can't find too much wrong with it ... except those damn mem cards again.

Richard841
Richard841

Its still cheaper to buy physical copies because you can trade them in and the memory sticks are way overpriced. "every retail PlayStation Vita game will be downloadable as well", hmmm where have I heard that before hehe (its probably true though this time).

mathfool
mathfool

It's a step in the right direction for Sony, but 10% isn't enough for me to give up my physical copy, especially when Amazon often has discounts greater than that.

endorbr
endorbr

I guess you can call $3 a discount...

fedetaco
fedetaco

Knowing these people this discount will be only for playstation Plus Users -_-..........................

Double_Wide
Double_Wide

1. The discount isn't big enough 2. Its not worth the wasted memory card space

grbolivar
grbolivar

@PumpkinBoogie Ten games you but with that little discount would sum up for a FREE game, comparing buying them in retail stores.

shadowhunter0
shadowhunter0

people here aren't getting it the 10% discount is just what bestbuy thinks it is going to be not what it will be it might be at 10% though but in Japan their discount is up to 40% it depends on the game but I believe it ranges from 20%-40% so wait until Sony officially announce it before making a judgment on it

PumpkinBoogie
PumpkinBoogie

Ha, you know for a moment I thought the description under the title said "10 cent less"....whoops. My eyes are not awake :P Nah, but on the real, can't say that's much of a spectacular discount; though I can definitely see why they wouldn't go too deep--as it would cut into them getting their retail store profits. Not that It's going to change the way I was going to buy, as I'm still sticking with mostly retail. Prices generally drop faster in stores anyway than PSN.

TrueProphecy22
TrueProphecy22

Hm.. will this dissuade box stores from selling Vita titles?

Killer6b9
Killer6b9

I will buy digital copies of games when they REALLY put it at a discount.....considering they do not have to package, ship, put cover art, and put the data on a media......they should be way less then a disc or card copy of the same exact game......not just 10%....I will tell you this is just a way so you can not "trade" your games in to recoup some of your money I do not buy into this for one min.!

x-2tha-z
x-2tha-z

Games usually drop in price at retail by more than 10% after a few months. This discount isn't big enough.

fester420
fester420

If they go too cheap with the digital then they won't be able to move the retail, and I am sure they have contracts with retail outlets to keep the prices competitive. If it were me I would sell every VITA game digitally for $10 a pop regardless of the game. An impulse buyer has no problem spending $10 but might have to think about spending $25-35.

shadowhunter0
shadowhunter0

@hemoleech you don't have to re-download the games again you could copy onto your pc using media go or on to your ps3 (if you have one) and if you wanted to play simply transfer it back and this way is also allot faster it is what I do

shadowhunter0
shadowhunter0

@GunBladeHero just because a game is on a 4gig card doesn't mean that tit will take up all that space on the card look at games on blu-ray even now they don't take up all that space that is on a blu-ray disc and the size of the game depends on other stuff besides graphics it also depends on how long the games is how compressed it is and bunch of stuff

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

Good! About time they took material costs in to mind. The only thing I'm thinking though is that new releases here are usually stated at 44.99 (pounds), but then shops sell them cheaper at about 35 quid. If we're getting 10% discount on the RRP then that will mean approx 40 pounds, still 5 pounds more than we'd pay in store :( Hmm.. We'll see.

GunBladeHero
GunBladeHero

@shadowhunter0 Well Sony lied then, they said last year that Vita Games would come on a 4 GB card, it could also be that the digital version was compressed but being the graphical powerhouse that it is I find it strange that the size of the games are around the size of those of the less powerful 3DS. Oh and the recent released Resident Evil Revelations comes in a 4 GB game card for the 3DS.

hemoleech
hemoleech

Memory cards are really expensive. It's a good thing once you buy a game and download it with your account, you don't have to buy it again to download it again. I wish I could store FF VII and FF IX on the same PSP memory card but there isn't enough space. I have to make do with playing either one or the other, but at least I can keep the saves and it saves me money on buying more memory cards.

Darkflare_EX
Darkflare_EX

Looks like Sony may be taking a step in the right direction with digital copies. Digital copies aren't anything new, since the more popular games can be bought digitally in the respective console's store, but they've always charged full price for them. I don't see the purpose of a digital copy if I can get a physical copy of the game, sometimes for even cheaper that's offered, but if game companies start making their stuff cheaper as digital copies, people might actually buy that version instead. And in the end, with no middle man to distribute their game, the companies end up getting more profit from each digitial sale, so they want digital copies to sell more.

SadPSPAddict
SadPSPAddict

About time digitally distributed games were cheaper!! Well done Sony

cameio
cameio

I'm tired of waitting i want the Vita so bad i can't wait anymore!

shadowhunter0
shadowhunter0

@hemoleech yeah and plus with the size of the game cards on the vita they will be very easy to loose same with the memory cards they seem to be around the size of a fingernail

hemoleech
hemoleech

Physical copies are great until they go out of print and then they get too hard to find. Digital copies fix that problem. There's a lot of games I wish I could play but I can't because I can no longer find copies.

shadowhunter0
shadowhunter0

@Deelo_t you can already do that with psp on both the ps3 and pc it is just a little tricky beceause you donwloaded on either ps3 or pc it is in a package so when you transfer it over you psp it removes it afrom your pc/ps3 and installs the game on your psp then you back it up on to your pc/ps3 and it will stay even if you transfer it back on to your psp well not sure if it works like that with the vita or on the ps3 but it does works like with the psp and pc using media go every time I get a new game for my psp go I make sure to back it up to my pc and with media go all that I have to do is hook it up because there is an option to automatically back them up and sorry if you couldn't understand this very will I did tried my best to explain it and I know I'm not good at explaining stuff with saved games you have to do it manually but is very easy with media go since you can copy them all at once

shadowhunter0
shadowhunter0

@wiidsduelpack that is just a what one retail is listing it has remember when gamespot reported about gamestop prices for the memory cards and then Sony finally announce the price and they were wrong I believe the same thing here is happen here in Japan the games are up to 40% off anyways I will wait until Sony announces it but they will be cheaper we just don't know by how much

shadowhunter0
shadowhunter0

@GunBladeHero actually most are around 1gig and the biggest that I have seen is around 3gigs granted in the furture they will get bigger but price of the memory cards will go down before then and maybe even they might release bigger memory cards and for someone like me who doesn't trade in games or buy used games it will still be cheaper and I prefer digital games on a portable system on a home console I don't care either way

Toplinkar
Toplinkar

In this lovely country of mine paying for downloadable games will be more than 50% cheaper than buying a physical copy. I'm so happy for this. Now I know it will be even cheaper. :D

GunBladeHero
GunBladeHero

Get ready to expend money on a 32Gb memory card, Vita games are around 4Gb so any other with less storage space is useless.

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

Memory space matters more to me than a handful of dollars, and this things memory cards aren't cheap. I'd rather walk around with my wallet full of the physical versions of the game and have more music/movies on my (VERY expensive) memory card.

Pete5506
Pete5506

Can't say im a fan of this, I prefer having a hard copy of all my games.

OJ_the_LION
OJ_the_LION

At least this is an option. It should be a bit cheaper since its your storage medium as opposed to the game's, and you don't have a physical copy. Still, like @slippship said, often you can find cheaper physical copies (even brand new ones) if you know where to look.

dxdevilex0
dxdevilex0

Physical copy>Digital copy Hands down

slippship
slippship

Problem there is you can get new games from online retailers cheaper than the (10%) that Sony will offer. Mass Effect 2 is fifty quid online but you can get a new one from most stores for 20. M$ do the same, some really old games are still 15 quid to download but you can pick em up for pennies if you look around. It's a business model that won't change, not gonna get het up about it, just know it won't be the cheaper option.

jamyskis
jamyskis

I'll be sticking with my physical copies thanks. The only time I'll ever buy a download game is if they're below €5, which is basically only Minis on PSN (even if the Minis are some of the best games there).

leeko_link
leeko_link

Discount or not, I still prefer to buy physical copies of my games. If in the future I decided to get rid of it, then I would re-sell it instead. Can't do that with digital download so yeah I'm not downloading any PS Vita games off PSN.