PlayStation Vita gets price cut

Sony's portable will be $199/€199 beginning tomorrow; "significant" price cuts also coming for memory cards; Fez, Borderlands 2 confirmed for system.

The PlayStation Vita is getting a price cut.

Today during Sony's Gamescom 2013 media briefing, the company announced that the portable will be available for $199/€199 beginning tomorrow.

In addition, Sony's European CEO Jim Ryan said memory cards will see "significant" price reductions, though he did not reveal specific pricing information.

The price cut is in place for both the Wi-Fi and 3G PS Vita systems. The price drop was first implemented in Japan in February.

Also during Sony's presentation, the company confirmed that Polytron's Fez and Gearbox Software's Borderlands 2 will release on the PS Vita. In addition, Starbound, Velocity 2X, Murasaki Baby, and music simulator BigFest are coming to the platform.

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412 comments
rolla020980
rolla020980

The price cut only side steps the problem with this handheld. Sony needed a Vita version 2 that accepted Micro SD cards, then it might sell. Instead they decided to gouge us with their memory card crap, but cut the price of the Vita thinking, "well we can sell more and screw people on the memory cards". Sony doesn't care about gamers any more than Microsoft.. They only care about their bottom line.

Also, BL2 is too late for this. I have already beaten it 6 times. I am ready for BL3.

Gatorboyburns
Gatorboyburns

I love how people think the vita isn't going to hold up with the ps4 coming along i think sony was smart to launch it when they did even though they probably knew it would have a bad startup just because who wants to buy both that and the ps4 all at once unless their is a bundle. Alongside the ps4 it will get a bunch of games and hopefully cross play will finally be as good as they have told us it will be. I already have mine and love the vita games we have and I'm looking forward to borderlands, batman, killzone and i still buy a lot of the old psp games on psn and play those.

megakick
megakick

Sony is going to drop PSP Vita support soon. Getting the money while they can.

phbz
phbz

Getting closer. Now all that Sony needs is to pay me 199 to buy the Vita. 

Gen007
Gen007

the price cut is intriguing but i still personally couldnt justify it. They need get some must haves going on vita. I think Sony has their hands full with the ps4 so the vita may not end up getting the attention it deserves


y0j1m30
y0j1m30

@Gen007 I just bought one yesterday, I don't regret it at all. I've been a PS+ member for a while and have been stacking a few games. The crossplay/crossbuy vita as remote and upcoming titles only further my decision. I think the Vita has a great future. Again this article is about Gamescom where they threw MORE support for the system. I think it's totally worth it, after the price drop 3 of my friends went out and they are very happy with their choice. 

beardface21
beardface21

Memory cards getting a price cut is the best part of this article.

blitzinD
blitzinD

Waiting too see if the rumoured PS4+Vita bundle is going to happen.

Xenro4
Xenro4

@blitzinD Indeed. I may jump on that as well with the new price cut.

Nintyfan95
Nintyfan95

This was my nail in the coffin, I want a Vita now.  

zillaman101
zillaman101

This might actually make me wanna buy the Vita. This is a good choice sony made indeed.

y0j1m30
y0j1m30

@zillaman101 I just picked one up, it's great. I feel Sony is bending over backwards to get people to pay attention to this system and the media really needs to give it more attention. I believe in Mark Cerny. 

banana23man
banana23man

The Vita is in an unfortunate vicious cycle. Its sales are terrible because it doesn't have a good game lineup. It doesn't have a good game lineup because its sales are terrible (devs. aren't that willing to risk making games for the system).

banana23man
banana23man

@Nintyfan95 @banana23man I watched it from beginning to end. There were no AAA titles for the Vita, only indie. I'm not saying indie games are bad, they're just not why I'd shell out $200 bucks for a console.

Reuuka
Reuuka

So much potential yet sony doesn't want to unleah it

murderek
murderek

My Vita collects dust,  just like my PS4 will until they actually release some worthwhile exclusives. 

Borderlands 2 is coming to Vita, but I've already played the campaign 5 times, so why on Earth would I want to play it again...on my Vita? 

Joedgabe
Joedgabe

@murderek your statement is very reliable. There's sooo much truth in it. We're all going to buy a system with no games on it to have it collecting dust :P that's definitely the point and not to make it seem i'm not biased even though my avatar and criticism clearly states other wise. 

Diablo-B
Diablo-B

@murderek Why not wait till there are games for the PS4 worth playing before you buy it. It will probably be cheaper then anyway

xan114
xan114

@murderek dont be a fool then and buy an overpriced system without any worthwhile games.

megakick
megakick

@murderek If you don't like the games on release, wait. Console will be back on shelves and the price will eventually drop especially if sales are weak.

n0matter
n0matter

This is a dollar short and a day late.  This system is doomed.  

Double_Wide
Double_Wide

In addition to the price cut, I hope they expand the maximum storage size of the memory cards. 32 GB doesn't cut it these days...

Soleride
Soleride

so happy about the memory card price cuts i need a new 32GB one i just did not want to bite the bullet as the price in the UK is between £60 to £80 gulp too expensive

coruscant
coruscant

@ptallen31 They're just patenting that so other companies dont release something that looks identical to the Vita but with HDMI.

DAOWAce
DAOWAce

So what was the price before the cut for those that don't already know?  BAD JOURNALISM!