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PS Vita: Are UK, US variable game prices a good idea?

Last month we gave you an indication on how much Sony’s mandatory PS Vita memory cards will cost gamers in the US, but now it looks like we have the first solid information on game prices, courtesy of a few UK retailers who have revealed their prices early.

The PS Vita is not due to release in the US and UK until February 22 of course, but Sony’s latest handheld has just been released over in Japan to considerable success. For those of you that are unaware, the PS Vita will do away with the UMD format for good, in favor of a new game card format, similar to the Nintendo 3DS game cards and similar to an SD card in size.

Another piece of information that you may not be aware of, is the fact that it may become a possibility that we see PS Vita games variably priced, depending on whether the game is classed as a ‘high-end’ or ‘low-end’ title. To give you an example of this, is a popular online retailer in the UK and they have just slapped a £45 full retail price tag on Uncharted: Golden Abyss. That doesn’t mean that all PS Vita games will be priced at £45 though, as further listings reveal that Everybody’s Golf and WipEout 2048 will be priced cheaper at £35. Other PS Vita games can be seen with even lower prices too, such as Little Deviants and Reality Fighters, both of which have been given a retail price of £25.

We want to point out that this isn’t the price that you’ll need to pay for these games though, but rather an indication of full retail prices that Sony will command when the Vita launches in the UK. In reality, Play has discounted all the games mentioned above, making them slightly more attractive to consumers who may be thinking that the prices are too overpriced. The retailer will be selling Uncharted with a £5 discount for £39.99, Everybody’s Golf for £30 and Little Deviants for £17.99, which is a lot more reasonable.

For comparison purposes, Amazon are also selling Uncharted: Golden Abyss for £40 with free delivery. Take a look at the full lineup of PS Vita hardware and software prices on Play and let us know what you think about them. Do you think it is a good idea for PS Vita titles to be variably priced, i.e – the best games like Uncharted, Call of Duty being the most expensive?



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