PS Vita’s outlandish price for games

By Posted 15 Mar 2012, 11:00

When it comes to pricing games for a new handheld there are many factors that contribute to a final decision, although the price for some PS Vita games have been met with varied opinions among gamers. Some people feel they are quite outlandish, especially on the digital store, and others feel there are some good deals to be had.

The PS Vita enters a market very different to when the original PSP launched – things are changing fast in the gaming industry and everyone has a limit on how much money they can spend on games each month. Sony has met competition from OnLive and other cloud gaming services, and millions of people are jumping towards app gaming, which will certainly eat into Sony’s market share no matter how good their PS Vita is and they need to price accordingly. Competition is a good thing for the gamer and helps give an experience like I have never seen before, and my gaming dates back some 30 years on devices today’s gamers would cringe at, but we still have choices to make when deciding where to put our money.

Some PS Vita games are priced pretty high and make it hard for gamers to part with money, especially with the lack of many PS Vita games working on PS3 and PS Vita. We’d love to see most games go the cross platform route so it then becomes a great deal for PS3 owners, or at least a discount or one price for having the same game on PS3 and PS Vita. In some circumstances this would not be possible when games are made especially for the Vita, although paying more than £30/$45 for a handheld game still seems pretty high in the ever-changing industry.

You can still find some really good deals like MotorStorm on the Vita for under $10, although thanks to being the latest handheld with the best graphics we can understand a premium on some game prices, but this has to change soon. We’ve spoken to gamers that feel “anything over $40 is too expensive, and anything under is great“. Is there a price you will not spend over for PS Vita games?

PS Vita sets a new standard for handheld gaming but has competition for dollars spent – Millions of people are spending money on cheap app games for tablets and mobile devices, which are taking a lot of their gaming time but the PS Vita is on another level for true gaming in my opinion. The hardcore gamer wants dedicated controls and loves that about the Vita, but a shift in pricing is needed or Sony could lose millions of gamers to cheaper app offerings, and not to mention the state of the economy around the world.

The lack of jobs and money has only helped app sales when people look for cheaper alternatives to get a gaming fix, and money will come into it even when the Vita is far superior for gaming. I’ve owned the PS Vita since launch and think it’s the best handheld gaming device ever owned, and that is a lot of devices, but it’s also obvious in my opinion that Sony’s market share will lose a lot to other emerging gaming solutions, again price can help retain many of the gamers.

There are still people that shop for a good deal and we know a few Vita owners that haven’t paid over £30/$45 for a game, which is thanks to buying at the right time and finding a good deal. Websites like Play.com are already cutting prices and rivaling the digital store, which should be a lot cheaper.

Feel free to share your thoughts on the PS Vita games and their price; also we’d love to hear your thoughts on the price of games in the digital store and lack of a good discount? It’s worth noting the PS Vita sales have been going pretty good, and we love the device after being hands-on for over 40 hours.

The last month has seen a lot of momentum for the PS Vita – we did notice the lack of FPS games although Unit 13 is a nice introduction for the Vita, and while firmware 1.61 scrapes the barrel we do expect future updates to bring many welcomed features. If you just picked up a Vita then you might want to make sure you give these apps a try, and also look out for freebies from Sony that are offered occasionally.

  • Derp

    sony needs to drop prices on some games for example psp minis can cost $8 but for the same game on itunes it only costs around $3 

  • Blett70

    I totaly agree a vita game can cost upward of $30 and the highest I have seen have been $50 that is crazy. For $10 to $20 more I can buy the newest release xbox game and have that experiance fill the whole room. Don’t get me wrong I love my vita and motostorm rc (wich I go for free off psn)is an awsome addition to my collection but I is a handheld game system and it cannot give me the same full emersion into the gaming world that we all love

  • afa59

    I don’t thint that games that cost more than 30$ are too expensive for Vita. I think some people want AAA games and are ready to buy them.
    But it’s vital for the vita to have a low price range of games like App Store. Minis are perfect for these, but they must exploit Vita’s features (Touch screen, back screen) to be interesting for gamers.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_G3TUFJTGNF6FL3BISPQWSL3EFI Marshall

    The most I will pay for a portable game is $50, no more than that. For an in-depth portable experience (unlike $1 games by tablets), anything between $40 and $50 is acceptable and anything below that is perfect. It really depends on the game, though – I bet everybody would be willing to accept a price of $45-$55 for a portable Super Smash Bros, but trying to sell Cooking Mama for the same price would be outrageous.

  • Buddy Wiser

    some of the game prices are horrible such as dungeon hunter for 40$, when its 5$ on ios and around 10$ on PS3.  not sure why they think the game is suddenly worth so much.  And ridge racer charging 30$ for less content than most demos have is another horrible value. 

    I got rayman origins for my vita and it was worth it since its a really good game and I hadnt played it on ps3 or 360 yet.

    But I agree that some of the good games are overpriced as well.  IMO uncharted GA should have been 40$ since it doesnt have multiplayer or  co-op, and that means it not really the “console experience” that they are touting it to be.  But I understand taht they had to make tha best game 50$ to set the precedent of having 50$ games, and uncharted is the only one that was even close to worth that much. 

    I think that starting price of 40$ is really good, but I dont really want to pay 50$ unless Im actually getting a “console like experience.”  Uncharted on consoles has co-op and multiplayer since 2009 so an uncharted game without at least one isnt really offering the “console experience” IMO.  I will buy it once it drops in price a little for sure tho, the SP looks good.

    Once more games start coming out then the current games will drop in price.  The prices will remain high until there is more games coming out on a consistent basis.

    • Buddy Wiser

       also, Im really curious to see if the online prices drop quickly.  Im feeling that there will be sales on the games like you mention long before the MSRP drops, so tha could lead to the online prices being higher than the retail prices alot of the time as retailers are not only competing with each other, but also the digital store now too.

      Hopefully the prices of games on the PSN store will be constantly updated once we start having the MSRP drop on games

  • Dean

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    I’m from the uk and got my vita on the day it came out and yes it’s a sexy bit of kit and the best hand held I’ve had and I’ve them all but the games are way to expensive for a handheld I’d like to see the price drop a little I’ve got a young family so spare cash is hard to come by for games some shops want £40 for uncharted yes it’s a good game but come on its the same price as a 360 game or ps3 well I’ve had my moan now .

    • http://twitter.com/TizTayMade Taylor Made

      But it offers more long game play campaign than the console version so it is worth the price tag & also have you tried looking at amazon they sell every title cheaper than the shops. Uncharted is a big game & Fifa so it will cost £40, 3DS games cost about the same if the game is a big title Mario e.g

  • Muradshawar

    for gamers every were i know what u are going through but u have to keep in mind that the ps vita will have a price drop also i heard it will be 180 dolars in another month also there will be a ps vita 2 that will probably be better faster stonger and have 3d in it and play any psp game psp go 

  • DK34

    If they sort out full remote play of PS3 games (and it works as well as it appeared to when Sony CEO was demonstrating it), then the console will sell minimum 10 million units this year and they can drop the console price next year. Games designers may be reluctant to see this happen, but they would definitely end up selling millions more vita specific games (which will make £20-30 for AAA) per game viable.

    Sony NEED to do something or this amazing console will go the way of the PSPgo, which would be a travesty. IMHO it is a high value product, but not a cheap purchase.  

  • http://twitter.com/psp2roundup psp2roundup

    The two best games on the Vita are MotorStorm £5 and Mutant Blobs £6 – both massive amounts of fun and with near endless challenge – so there are games at all price ranges. Don’t be so down on the Vita.