We have recently given you some news that the Wi-Fi only version of the PS Vita has been reduced in price ahead of the console releasing in a few days time. Previously it was reported that some resellers in Japan had dropped prices for the 3G version of the device following a slow take up of the device. Now it seems that the PS Vita price may choke demand as some retailers pass on stocking the console.
It is being reported in an article over at the Sixthaxis that it looks like three major retailers over in Australia won’t be stocking the PS Vita at launch. It is being claimed that the likes of Big W, Target, and Kmart will not be offering the device when it first becomes available, and maybe even longer than that,
Some are wondering if Sony are avoiding providing the device for big box stores, but that would be a strange decision by the company unless they want more stock available before launching in bigger stores.
But some are wondering if the refusal to stock the device may be down to the retailers not liking the high price for the unit. The Wi-Fi only version in the country is currently $348 AU, but specialist stores such as GAME and EB Games will be stocking it.
Meanwhile Gaming Bolt is reporting that a Neogaf member rang the stores to find out why the PS Vita wasn’t being stocked, and the high price was confirmed as the reason. Some of our readers have said they really want to get the PS Vita but will hold off until the price comes down and more games are released.
They may be hoping for something similar to what was seen with the Nintendo 3DS, which after a slow start received a price cut, and coupled with better titles being released saw sales take off.
Will you be getting the PS Vita at launch?