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.

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The PlayStation Vita is getting a price cut.

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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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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.

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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.

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

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

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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


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@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.

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

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@beardface21 that and borderlands 2


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

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@blitzinD I second that notion.

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

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

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@DaneGamer The thing is, if I want most of those I can just play them on the PS2 or PS3. I am not denying though that the Vita probably has more good games than the Wii U does but the Wii U is getting some games to make it worth it and I have three friends that have a Wii U compared to one friend that has a Vita.

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

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@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.

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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).

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@banana23man You must have not watched the conference.

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@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.

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

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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?

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@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.

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

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

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@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.

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

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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...

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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

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http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/articles/499763/20130818/sony-playstation-ps-vita-ps3-rumours-patents.htm

Still a "rumor," but just saying this price drop may be to unload old vitas. If those new features are important to you then hold off a little while.

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

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

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@DAOWAce Clown.

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Never mind a frigging price drop just bring us some frigging NEW games for my dusty dirth of games, over a year old Vita - no more old game rehashes please!! FFS ........ & NO I don't want Japanese Amine rpg games!

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@Sarijon I hope they only release japanese Amine rpg games. those are my fav

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While i think the 3ds has many quality games, and i love it to death, i've only had my vita for a week and i've already played the hell out of it. I really enjoyed my time with it, and dear god is persona 4 golden an intensely good gaming experience xD.

Idk guys, i think everytime someone complains about systems dieing, it turns around. Too many haters in this world

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I'm glad they showed off a little bit of Remote Play at the conference today. The Vita will get a small boost when the PS4 arrives. Then we'll see what happens.

Honestly though most Vita owners I know love the thing. I have tons of games to play. Persona 4 Golden alone was worth the price of admission. Loving Dragon's Crown and having a true MGS experience available on the road.

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the ps vita is pretty much dead. there's no denying it. this discount isn't going to save it. a ps4 bundle would't be able save it.

sony simply just wont be able to move enough units unless they push more games out IN ADDITION to this price cut (which is already going to sell each vita at an even bigger loss).

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@blue_shift_91 I agree, I love the possibilities of the Vita yet Sony seem to be determined to not support it. there are virtually no games made specifically for it just rehashes of old games either I've played or are not intrested in. Indie games are the only thing supporting it but alas its not what I bought my Vita for.........Vita is a sexy funky games console with a dirth of games that utalise that capacity!!

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@Sarijon @blue_shift_91 dearth

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@blue_shift_91 You don't understand this do you... two words, remote play. There will be tons of games you can play... Thanks to the PS4.

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@MikeLirette @blue_shift_91

holy crap that is the stupidest reason i've ever heard.

one of the biggest tech flops of 2012 failed because it couldn't take full advantage of remote play? wow! that just means i have to spend another few hundred dollars on a ps4 to be able to play awesome games i can already play on the ps4! such a great use of money.

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@jawslover @Bahamut50 @blue_shift_91 @MikeLirette I'm telling you that i have 3 years of playstation plus at a low price that gives me so many games that 80 bucks to store them all isn't that bad to me. DO I LIKE THAT IT'S 80 BUCKS WHEN NORMAL MICRO SD CARDS AREN'T? NO? Do i enjoy using caps? Actually, i don't, but sometimes you need to get the point across. It's my only option, but i still play the vita enough for it to be worth it.


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@Bahamut50 @blue_shift_91 @MikeLirette So you;re telling me you're gonna pay $80 for a 32gb memory card?? To each his own I guess..

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@Bahamut50 two words Gravity Rush.

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@Bahamut50 @blue_shift_91 @MikeLirette

ok, that's great and all. but what i think about myself is none of your business or anyone else's. the same goes for what you think of yourself. don't make this some personal issue. that's the whole point of objective feedback. it's fine if you support the product. it's fine if you feel differently. but don't think i'm just preying on people who disagree with me. don't just presume someone is an ass for attacking a bad rebuttal (there are no shortage of other people on these forums who would just cuss you out and dismiss you without a single thought, if you'd prefer to comment at them instead). and don't think it's valid to discredit someone's point based solely on your personal judgement of their character from a handful of internet comments. it's all irrelevant.

pay attention to markets long enough, and you'll come to realize everyone commenting on every new generation of whatever also says "my blahblah is on a different level than your blahblah example." you'd be surprised what they have in common. same shit, different context. lesson taken from history. and you know very well that it's not just me losing faith in the vita. i assume you know that sony commonly sells their video game hardware at a loss. they have to magically move a considerable number of units just to narrow (not even profit from) that gap.

i invest in several companies, including sony and microsoft, so it's not like i sit at the desk all day praying for their impending doom. on the contrary. people like me actually pay closer attention to what those companies are doing.

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@Bahamut50 @blue_shift_91 @MikeLirette True, people were doomsaying the 3DS before it's price cut. That said, the price cut helped stimulate a few sales, but the releases of quality games picked up around the same time.

A price cut will help, but Vita definitely needs more games. I can wait around for games, but the price of memory is currently ridiculous. Hopefully they'll be brought down to reasonable prices now.

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@blue_shift_91 @Bahamut50 @MikeLirette Idk buddy, i'm fairly certain you think too highly of yourself and project it as the market. Do i deny vitas aren't performing well? No, that would be idiotic. But do i dare presume to call a console dead simply because of that? No. No i don't, or i wouldn't have bought a 3ds when it was doing bad. Consoles are on a different level then your lil zune example, so stop being an ass simply because others feel differently then you. I will continue to support the vita. I think others may very well do so later on, too.

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@Bahamut50 @blue_shift_91 @MikeLirette

cool story, bro. except you confuse "my world" with the known market performance of the vita. sorry to burst your bubble, but business success doesn't just revolve around your heartwarming personal experiences with a product.

lotta people loved their zunes, too. think about it.

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@blue_shift_91 @MikeLirette No offense bud, but i love my vita and the price drop plus price drops on memory cards will only make me buy more. Now i might get that 32 gig i've been waiting on.

Oh wait, your world overrules mine. Ignore mah comment oh mighty lord of knowledge.

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And 32 gb memory cards are now $80 each..i'll pass

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