PS Vita price cut talk questions value

By Posted 2 Oct 2012, 09:32

Patient gamers will be rejoicing this week, after hearing the news that Sony has finally committed to providing a price cut to the PS Vita in 2013. On the other hand, how will it make those who bought the launch system feel, having paid full price for it?

It’s fair to say that the PS Vita was priced fairly high at $249 or $299 depending on whether you opt for the WiFi or 3G model. One of the deciding factors that pushed many gamers into a purchase at launch was the sheer amount of games that were available, but since then we also faced a long period where gamers didn’t have anything to play.

A price cut for the Vita was always going to come and although some of you may be disappointed to hear that it’s not happening in time for Christmas this year, Sony will have pleased many by confirming a price cut sometime in 2013. Although nothing is set in stone, we wouldn’t be surprised if we saw a $50 price reduction to both models, giving new RRPs of $200 for the WiFi model and $249 for the 3G variant.

For those that have the system already, does this leave a sick feeling in the stomach for those that purchased the game in February this year, or even December 2011 as a Japanese import? Or, do you feel that the Vita remains value for money at $249 and will only get better as more and more games come out in the weeks to come – PlayStation All-Stars and Black Ops: Declassified just some of the big hitters on the way.

The other aspect that gamers are waiting for remains in the customization department, as it’s no secret that many would love to install some custom apps on their Vita as long as it didn’t leave the system vulnerable to piracy. Where do you stand at the moment with the Vita – did you pick up the device at launch and remain happy, or are you now happy that you waited and will definitely get the system when the price cut is introduced next year?

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  • ArchieDog

    It doesn’t leave me feeling sick at all as an early adopter, I love my vita and it’s become my primary go to gaming device, I find the talk of lack if games a little unfair, there are over 50 UK releases and back catalogue for both PSX and PSP, so I’ve never felt short of options. The Vita not selling well is slowly changing public opinion thinking it’s a poor device, but that’s far from the truth , it’s a great device and worth every penny, price reductions are normal and I dont begrudge anyone who benefits from it, I wasn’t tricked intimately handing over my cash.

  • Josh101

    I feel exactly the same way ArchieDog. I do believe the public has gone ass up with “high-priced.” The Vita is an impressive piece of kit. Do we not remember Ipad’s having basically the same internals costing over 500$?? It really boggles my mind to think that paying half the price for hardware that will have support for at least 5 years is bad???

  • http://www.facebook.com/anthony.ventura.96 Anthony Ventura

    Hey archiedog and josh101. I feel the same way as both of you do, i feel they have been pegged as having a bad device when in reality they don’t. But i have questions for the both of you; Do you already have a ps3? Do you feel as if they could have more exclusives for it? and What do you think could boost their sales, what do you want?

    Personally i would like exclusives, i feel like if they made a game that used all of the features and tied them into the game, i think it would turn the public’s eye into seeing it as what it’s worth. They’re fighting Nintendo, all Nintendo really has are exclusives.

    I don’t know, I’ve been following this whole ordeal since it (psvita) came out. Some times i feel like Sony has dropped the ball trying to make a console to take with you every where, instead of a handheld that acts like a console, and that’s has a very thin line.

    maybe its because i’ve been a Nintendo handheld gamer since the first game boy but, i just feel like their lacking on the whole hand held experience. im sure we all have sat there in cars or on the bus to school catching pokemon, saving princesses, and grinding through levels. In the end i just feel like they’re trying to raise this handheld as a ps3 not as a hand held.

    If they made a crash bandicoot exclusive for the ps vita that alone would be perfect for me…

    • Josh101

      Do you already have a ps3? Do you feel as if they could have more exclusives for it? and What do you think could boost their sales, what do you want? :/quote

      I had a ps3 at the beginning of this year but unfortunately suffered a robbery in May and no longer have it. :/ But what I think, is mostly irrelevant but I believe true. Alot of people are expecting Sony to drop the price of the Vita because Nintendo dropped the price of the 3ds. Which I believe is absolutely ridiculous. The Vita itself is definately worth the asking price. The 3ds (launch price) not so much. It could be because I no longer have a ps3 but I have over 30 games on my vita already since launch. Uncharted, Little big planet, Gravity Rush, Unit 13, Resistance, Mortal Kombat, Marvel vs Capcom, Ninja Gaiden, Shinobido, Metal Gear Solid HD collection, Wipeout, Rayman, Sound Shapes, Super Stardust, Escape Plan, Mutan blobs attack, Puddle, Motorstorm and StarDrone Extreme. The rest low cost Psp games that I bought. To say they don’t have the software is absurd. They have plenty of exclusives now and on the way. They need better 3rd party support. Yeah they have a few games coming out in the likes of Call of Duty: Declassified and Assassins Creed: Liberation but, Call of Duty: Declassified has been tarnished by being developed by the same devs behind Resistance: Burning Skies, Nihilistic Software, which was mediocre. It could have definately been better. Graphics wise it was horrendous. I believe Sony should throw some money at these developers and have them make some new titles based on existing IP or hopefully something brand new. Existing IP would be good, pull some of the old out of drawer. A new Crash Bandicoot would be awesome. Name a Monster Hunter for Vita and sales would soar in Japan. A new God of War, Splinter Cell, a TRUE Silent Hill game, maybe a new Need for Speed, not of fan of Final Fantasy but… I believe those would drive units here in the States. Bring out some old franchises, remember Streak from the PS1 days? Bloody Roar?? Ohhh and I also think Sony should have a team of dev’s, maybe 1 of the top 3 dev’s from each of their first party studios helping with the production of both ps3 and Vita games. This way they can micro-manage AND help co-develop. Leaving little room for unpolished games. Sorry for the double post, but thought you’d see this if I replied to your post.

    • ArchieDog

      Nope I’m not a PS3 owner, I have have a 360, I was a PS1, PS2 and PSP owner, but never picked up the PS3 mainly because friends and family were already on 360.

      I love the Vita, I honestly haven’t touched my 360 since I picked the Vita up at launch, and there are several reasons for this, mainly because I have a young family so it’s convenient, and I can play and not hog the TV, and with the Vita I can do that and still have a regular ‘console’ experience, but actually also just because I enjoy it, people talk about mobile phones etc being the death of mobile gaming but I just don’t see it, and speaking personally I’m just as likely as anyone to play a game for a couple of minutes on my phone whilst out, but since the days of he game boy, and game gear and atari lynx it was never mobile gaming to me it was ‘handheld gaming’ and there’s a distinct difference, handheld gaming as I see it was less to do with being on the move and more to do with engaging personal experiences, I can probably count on 1 hand the hours I put it into the gaming on the bus etc but I’ve lost days indoors to them, and so for me it’s a non issue.

      What do I want? Much more of a the same, I’ve been probably picked up 15 vita titles to date and quite a a few psp JRPGs I missed the first time round which I think Sony handheld are perfect for, im 20+ hrs into little kings story, and looking forward to Persona and Soul Sacrifice especially. what do I think they need? a decent FPS, (like Kill the Zone but sooner) to boost sales of units to encourage 3rd party developers now else we could be in for some barren spells next year if the install base isn’t there and I have a a funny feeling Nintendo might steal this holiday period from the Sony with the Wii U launch.

  • M

    So i bought a 3ds at launch, i’ve always had Nintendo consoles and all that jazz. I had it for 2 years, 1 or 2 really good games came out on it, and i played those a fair bit – but when they announced a XL version, i got really annoyed with ‘em and i bought a vita. The vita is pretty much the best games console i’ve had, i play it more than i ever did my 3ds – it’s a shame more people don’t get it because it’s amazing.

    I’ve only got a few vita games – but i’ve been topping up with inexpensive PSP downloads, which are generally better quality than anything thats come out on the 3ds – and there are some pretty good things coming soon.

    it feels like an empty house party waiting to happen – the graphics are amazing at this early stage of it’s life, so they’re only going to get better.. it just needs a really good FPS or two and it should sell like hotcakes. Really hope it does.

  • Josh101

    Do you already have a ps3? Do you feel as if they could have more exclusives for it? and What do you think could boost their sales, what do you want? :/quote
    I had a ps3 at the beginning of this year but unfortunately suffered a robbery in May and no longer have it. :/ But what I think, is mostly irrelevant but I believe true. Alot of people are expecting Sony to drop the price of the Vita because Nintendo dropped the price of the 3ds. Which I believe is absolutely ridiculous. The Vita itself is definately worth the asking price. The 3ds (launch price) not so much. It could be because I no longer have a ps3 but I have over 30 games on my vita already since launch. Uncharted, Little big planet, Gravity Rush, Unit 13, Resistance, Mortal Kombat, Marvel vs Capcom, Ninja Gaiden, Shinobido, Metal Gear Solid HD collection, Wipeout, Rayman, Sound Shapes, Super Stardust, Escape Plan, Mutan blobs attack, Puddle, Motorstorm and StarDrone Extreme. The rest low cost Psp games that I bought. To say they don’t have the software is absurd. They have plenty of exclusives now and on the way. They need better 3rd party support. Yeah they have a few games coming out in the likes of Call of Duty: Declassified and Assassins Creed: Liberation but, Call of Duty: Declassified has been tarnished by being developed by the same devs behind Resistance: Burning Skies, Nihilistic Software, which was mediocre. It could have definately been better. Graphics wise it was horrendous. I believe Sony should throw some money at these developers and have them make some new titles based on existing IP or hopefully something brand new. Existing IP would be good, pull some of the old out of drawer. A new Crash Bandicoot would be awesome. Name a Monster Hunter for Vita and sales would soar in Japan. A new God of War, Splinter Cell, a TRUE Silent Hill game, maybe a new Need for Speed, not of fan of Final Fantasy but… I believe those would drive units here in the States. Bring out some old franchises, remember Streak from the PS1 days? Bloody Roar?? Ohhh and I also think Sony should have a team of dev’s, maybe 1 of the top 3 dev’s from each of their first party studios helping with the production of both ps3 and Vita games. This way they can micro-manage AND help co-develop. Leaving little room for unpolished games.

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