It has been a long time coming, but it looks as if Sony has now decided that the time is right to cut the price of the PS Vita in the US. It has been discovered that the 3G model is now selling in select Sony Stores across the US with a $100 discount, meaning that you can now pick up the 3G version for only $199 instead of $299.
This is very surprising to us, considering Sony’s Shuhei Yoshida had only just said that a price cut wouldn’t be happening in the US after they slashed the price of the handheld over in Japan. The new price hasn’t been reflected on Sony Store websites yet, but the poster you see above from Joystiq gives clear evidence that this is definitely happening.
You’ll see that the system comes with an 8GB memory card on top and also a free PlayStation Network game, if you sign up to a 3G data package when you buy the system there and then. It goes without saying that a $100 price cut is big news, although it remains to be seen whether Sony has plans to discount the WiFi version as well.
The $100 discount is surprising as we thought a $50 cut would come first. We’re not surprised however that it is the 3G model that has been discounted first. Up until this point, there hasn’t really been a major incentive to buy the 3G version over the WiFi version, since it is incredibly easy to hook the WiFi model up to a 3G hotspot for free, for times when consumers want to quickly hop online.
Online gaming over 3G still isn’t very viable in our opinion, but hopefully it will be possible in the future. A $199 price for the 3G Vita now looks very attractive indeed, so who is interested in picking one up? It seems like perfect timing to us with the announcement of PS4 second screen support via Remote Play coming at the end of the year.