For those of you that were secretly hoping for Sony to announce an early price cut for the PS Vita at E3, prepare to be disappointed. Despite recent confirmation that the new handheld would be getting a discount in France for a limited time only, Sony has confirmed that they currently have no plans to introduce a worldwide price cut anytime soon.
At the moment, the device sells for between £200 and £300 in the UK depending on whether you want a WiFi or 3G console and is a similar story in the US at $249 or 299 for WiFi or 3G. Some people feel that the price is too expensive and after seeing France receive a temporary price cut, wondered if a similar move would be happening in other regions.
For now though, this won’t be happening any time soon and definitely not this Summer. SCE Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida recently spoke to Eurogamer during E3 and said that their focus for the time being is to ”increase the content and to realise the potential of the system.”
He did however say that this will obviously be a area they’ll need to address in the future, but for now there’s no plans for a price cut to happen in 2012. Considering that the device has only been on sale a matter of months if you take into account the US release, a price cut would have been very surprising anyway.
Gamers may be unhappy with the lack of actual games to play, but Sony are still adding to the system in other areas such as their apps department where Netflix is now available and will soon be joined by the likes of YouTube and Hulu Plus. Going back to that price cut in France though, you can still pick up the system now with a €50 discount until July 15.
Are you surprised to hear talk about a PS Vita price cut so soon after release? Do you think the current price is too much, or is it reasonable for the capabilities and like Sony says, the ‘potential’ that the system has to offer?