PlayStation Vita gets price cut in Japan

Both the 3G and Wi-Fi versions of device to cost 19,980 yen ($213) starting February 28.

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Sony Computer Entertainment has announced a price cut for all PlayStation Vitas being sold in Japan.

Both versions of the PS Vita will get a price cut starting next Thursday in Japan.

The device will drop from its 24,980 yen ($266) and 29,980 yen ($319) launch price--for the Wi-Fi and 3G/Wi-Fi model, respectively--to a 19,980 yen ($213) price tag for both versions of the console. The price cut will be effective starting February 28.

Just last week, rumors surfaced that a new version of Sony’s handheld device may include a HDMI and a USB port. Sony will be hosting a PlayStation press conference in New York City on February 20, where the company is expected to announce the PlayStation 4, or even a new version of the PS Vita.

Discussion

330 comments
nonfanboygamer1
nonfanboygamer1

If Sony wants me to buy the Vita.....again, they need to annouce some strong vita support when they unveil the ps4, and they need to slash the memory prices

Drilbit777
Drilbit777

$215 is an okay price for the portable itself but the fact that there aren't really that many games to choose except for Persona and the memory cards are so horrendously overpriced,  I may still pass on the vita.

Vickman178
Vickman178

Now all we need is for them to drop the price of memory cards and release more games for it that aren't console ports like they said they would.

pokecharm
pokecharm

when do we get a price drop?  I'll pick it up then, almost for sure!!

DeViLzzz
DeViLzzz

Fix the issues the PS Vita had with the Madden 13 demo then I will care.  Until then I will just buy up PS Vita games for cheap and just try to flip them for extra cash on Ebay or classifieds or trade them in for better stuff at EB Games, FS and the like.

mav_destroyer
mav_destroyer

I expect they'll announce a price drop by E3 this year for US and EU regions, who knows maybe even earlier than E3.

thequickshooter
thequickshooter

to tell the truth even if it's 200$ 

the 32 gig memory card is still 90$+ 

which is absurd that a 32 gig cost 90$ 

i could get a 32 gig from sandisk for 20$ 

then why should i need to pay a 70$ sony tax?

LOWER THE PRICE OF THE MEMORY CARDS 

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

only for japan huh we need games forget the price drop we need games i only own 3 retail launch games - the rest that came out i dont care for or i already have a superior version  on my newer wiiu  , 

tempura13
tempura13

If they'll implement the price cut worldwide, it'll definitely help those on the fence in buying one.

I also don't get people saying that the platform has no games (or just ports from its home console brothers). Looking at the Vita's library now, it pretty much offers a variety of genres to cater everyone. Just because there're not enough mainstream games in it (or you didn't find anything that 'clicked' with you) doesn't mean that its bad over all. But sure, there's always room for improvement ;D

thequickshooter
thequickshooter

YEEES EUYAHHAYYEYSHYSHEA  YTEYYYES  

FUCK YEAH 

now it's time to buy a vita 

ihatelovesong
ihatelovesong

I bought it last year,and I havn't played it for a long time because there are no interesting game on it,and now the price is cut again..sometimes I regret i have bought it too early

slimskelter
slimskelter

If both models are going to be $219, won't everyone choose the 3G/Wi-Fi model? Or are you required to purchase a plan with the 3G/Wi-Fi, even if you don't plan on using the 3G option immediately?

digitaltiger
digitaltiger

This is the problem with many game companies, their greed and unwillingness to listen to the gamers often spoils what could of been great opportunities for both company and consumer. Sony continues this trend with the Vita, great handheld tech but poor pricing and service. (lack of games) I only have 2 games for the Vita after supporting Sony and buying the Vita at launch. C'mon man!

jark888
jark888

Look like Sony will take a loss on this, but the price point should generate good sell.

Sporks_Calamity
Sporks_Calamity

About time Sony. Now make do with some good games on the PS Vita. And am talking exclusive to the system you made. The reason why it is lagging behind the 3DS is because it relies on console port games only. Just my opinion. 

Uruca
Uruca

It has enough games ffs, Gravity Rush, Persona, Uncharted, a shitload of fighters. And what is the problem with ports? People still fail to realize that the Vita is meant to give a "console like" experience. Is that so bad that you can play Ray Man Origins in your work break?

Is those fking MEMORY CARDS that are rediculous expensive.

Paulf001
Paulf001

Yea pretty much should of been $200 to start with nobody wants to pay $300 for a handheld. 

GH05T-666
GH05T-666

good, needs games and a price cut here to!

Pete5506
Pete5506

A good first step Sony, now bring it to the rest of the world, and bring the localizations with it. 

soulless4now
soulless4now

Should've been a price cut worldwide? Sometimes I wonder what Sony has been smoking. 

Fizzman
Fizzman

Why the hell wouldn't they cut the price in the U.S.?  It is selling even worse here.  

ciphfer
ciphfer

It should have been $200 to begin with.

shadowhunter0
shadowhunter0

@slimskelter no you don't have to get 3g plan and you wont be stuck in a contract if you do decide to get the 3g one

hotgamer
hotgamer

@slimskelter They don't use exchange rates for pricing videogame hardware and software. Otherwise, Vita would have been between 265$ and 270$ in North America.


Basically, 19980 yens is gonna result in 200$ USD/CAD, while Europe will still have to pay a little more than that.

WolfGrey
WolfGrey

@digitaltiger Yas know...plenty of good games really.

I have 10 vita games myself.And only 1 of those is free from PS+.

thequickshooter
thequickshooter

@Sporks_Calamity i own the 3DS and it's isn't lagging behind nintendo 

the 3DS gets the worst ports ever made, and any game outside of nintendo on the 3DS stircly blows 

jark888
jark888

@Uruca Yeah, memory card prices are their way to gain back profit.

Kaisfate
Kaisfate

@soulless4now 

if you dont think this is going to be a global price cut i wonder what YOU have been smoking. 

they are just going to announce it for the west on the 20th....

sunyatanada76
sunyatanada76

@ciphfer Do you think they should have went a little less tech for a cheaper price to be competitive with Nintendo? 

DeViLzzz
DeViLzzz

@HurrD If I want my trades done I will get them done and have already.  Also stop being a loser and stalking me.  It is getting tiresome.

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

@thequickshooter @Sporks_Calamity you have to be a desperate fanboy to even remotely think that ,  fact is 3ds has the best selection of games ,  tales of the abyss myst pokemon mario kart ssb luigis mansion paper mario asphalt a better ridge racer and you said 3ds got the worst ports--- how was that 4 track game known as ridge racer vita ,    and 5 cars lol i aint seen a game that small since ----race drivi'n on the super nintendo lol  you just got served with at least one game that is from third party and is better on the 3ds 

soulless4now
soulless4now

@Kaisfate @soulless4now It makes more sense to announce it all at once instead of doing it one region at the time. If they plan to announce the ps4 that day, not many shits will be given about the Vita. 


Kaisfate
Kaisfate

@Tripwolf @ciphfer 

only people who dont own one think that. people who have bought the device see that it is VERY well priced at 250. it is suprising it isnt more expensive actually. the thing is basically a mini PS3.

shadowhunter0
shadowhunter0

@mariokart64fan @thequickshooter @Sporks_Calamity just love it when fanboys call other people who aren't fanboys fanboys just because they have different opinion then they do

fyi I don't want to play any of the games you listed  and that right there doesn't make me a fanboy all it means is that they aren't my type of games and here is something that may be a shocker to you people have different tasted in games I know it is a shocker but it is the truth


soulless4now
soulless4now

 @shadowhunter0 @soulless4now @Kaisfate That's what I mean. Vita will still be on the back burner. If anything, I'd like to see more focus on Vita and some game announcements, but they'll probably  wait until E3 and Tokyo Game Show for that.  

shadowhunter0
shadowhunter0

@soulless4now @Kaisfate well all that announcement was all about the Japan market and not the entire planet and what ever they are going to announce on the 20th would be a woldwide announcement since they are inviting journalist from all over the world and they can talk more than just one topic if they are going to announce the ps4 then which they probably will it will take center stage but that doesn't mean that they wont talk about the vita