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Submitted by porgep 1326d ago | opinion piece

Stop complaining, Sony's PS Vita does NOT need a price cut

PSU writes: "You don’t have to look far to find someone on the internet bitching about the price of Sony’s PlayStation Vita. In fact, let’s play a little game. I’ll bet you $249 that at least one comment below (or on N4G—hey, we know where people really like to bitch) will say Sony cannot be successful without dropping the price of the Vita. Wahhhh, get over it." (PS Vita, Tag Invalid)

Abash  +   1327d ago
I agree. All the "price cut beggers" got what they wanted, the ACIII: Liberation with the white Vita bundle for $250 is just as good as a pice cut
Soldierone  +   1326d ago
Doesn't matter what the price released at. When all the beggars got what they wanted with the 3DS, they were bound to do the same for Vita. It could have released at 200 and they would want it at 149....

As for a price cut, I don't care if it gets one. Sony should just price cut the memory cards and I'll be happier than ever.
PoSTedUP  +   1326d ago
250-$300 but it's a magnificent beast of a machine and is now my new phone with a $15 AT&T data plan and skype unlimited calling and video chat for $2.99/mo. a processor that blows away the Ipad 2's, FB app, youtube will soon come. Sony should be charging more because these graphics are incredible for a handheld. the technology is simply amazing.
Tachyon_Nova  +   1326d ago
That's what I was gonna say, the cost of memory cards is a killer.
Neo Nugget  +   1326d ago
Surely not your cell phone...? It's huge!
ABizzel1  +   1326d ago
Why are you waiting on a price cut to a piece of hardware that just came out 4 months ago. I hope Sony doesn't cut the price until holiday season 2013 at the earliest.

Just buy the hardware when there are games you really want. Or ask Sony to open the system up to more carriers, produce new hardware with 4G support, and sell it at a discounted price with a contract that you can add on to your current plan.

Verizon's doing that now for any device for $10
dirthurts  +   1326d ago
People voice their opinion with their wallets.
If it's not selling, than it needs a price cut. No arguing that (I personally have no idea how well it's selling).
I would love to have one, great device, but for me right now it's not at that price point for me. If I had more cash (college student here) I would be all over it though. It's worth the cost, I just don't have it. I think a lot of people are in that boat with the economy right now.
StarFox  +   1327d ago
i know it doesn't. wanna know what it does need ? GAMES
smashcrashbash  +   1327d ago
It has not only PS1, PSN and PSP and 60 plus VITA games plus cross play games and you are STILL saying it needs games. What do you think all of those things are? Potatoes?

What I think Sony should do is put the VITA temporarily on sale. Therefore people will jump to buy it as fast as the can while they have the chance. Then they can let it go back to normal.This will at least raise the number of people who own a VITA.
Silly gameAr  +   1327d ago
I see the Vita like like I see the PS3 when it first launched. People complain about the lack of games, and then boom, onslaught of Vita games yearly.

After that, they'll find something else to complain about.
StarFox  +   1326d ago
i want a vita to play "vita games" all that ps1, psn, psp is just games i've already played or don't care to play anymore. and lets get one thing straight i no for fact you don't own all those 60+ vita games so stop with the bullshit. everyone has their own tastes and for me vita doesn't have enough games i want to play. price is no issue as long as the games are there. i just dropped 160$ on a 3ds because it has enough games i want to play. i don't blindly buy systems.

EDIT: @smash looks like i struck a nerve because my opinion doesn't agree with yours and what does my name have to do with it? like really i could say the same thing about you "Crash Bash" so get your head out your ass please. nobody wants to hear you fanboy propaganda.
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morganfell  +   1326d ago
Well StarFox since these people above you posted first and you saw the article and couldn't let it go I would say you are the one with the exposed nerve.

Go ahead and do what you want because the rest of us will keep gaming on the Vita.
live2play  +   1326d ago
so when people say vita games you bring up PS1 and psp games

when wiiu launch games come up you say
so what? half are ports that are availiable on cheaper systems a long time ago....

stay classy n4g
PoSTedUP  +   1326d ago
i was frustrated on what to buy bc of the minimal selection at first, until i bought uncharted:GA, it Is Amazing, and Gravity Rush? Gravity Rush is one of the most fun and incredible games i have ever Played. talk about Innovation and Artsy playing style in a huge open world where everything can be the floor. Must Own. the selection isnt the biggest, but i have enough to hole me off for 2 months until ragnarok oddessy (with resistance and mgsHD + what ever else there is) then the beasts will be unleashed Persona4golden, COD, assasins creed3 etc.
Tachyon_Nova  +   1326d ago
Why would you buy a Vita to play old games?
BitbyDeath  +   1326d ago

Depends on your taste i suppose. I don't own a vita but if i did have time to play one i'd probably get the Final Fantasy games 1-9.

They are classics and will no doubt never die.
StanSmith  +   1326d ago

"It has not only PS1, PSN and PSP and 60 plus VITA games plus cross play games and you are STILL saying it needs games. What do you think all of those things are? Potatoes? "

That is silly logic. It's like saying the Wii has loads of games because it plays Gamecube games as well as Snes, Nes, N64, etc.

The Vita NEEDS more games. Alot more. I'm not talking PSN games either. It needs full retail games. Without those, the console is not worth it's price point.

Sony have already released Uncharted and Resistance on the Vita. Neither has made much of an increase to it's sales and they are two of PS3's biggest franchises. Sony can't just copy PS3 games to increase sales either. It won't work as those who own PS3's would likely just buy them for that. Not many will buy a game twice.

The Vita has some fantastic hardware inside it, but it just isn't being used. It needs a price cut to give the illusion that you're getting alot of bang for your buck.
At it's price now (currently more expensive than a PS3 in UK) the value just isn't there. If they don't want to drop it's price, then they need to bundle either a 8gb or 16gb memory card with it as well.

As it stands now though, it's got a PSPGO stigma surrounding it. Consumers aren't being shown any confidence that Sony won't pull the plug on it.
smashcrashbash  +   1326d ago
@ StarFox. Ooooo. Someone is really touchy. Did I strike a nerve? Is your 'taste' have something to do with your name? VITA has lots of games and it's not Sony's fault you don't want to play them. That is really your problem not theirs. So next time say what you mean. The VITA doesn't have enough games YOU want to play not The VITA needs games. That is two different things. The DS and the 3DS didn't have anything I wanted to play either but I wouldn't say it didn't have any games to play. So don't get all huffy because you seem to be trying to cleverly promote the 3DS or something.
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live2play  +   1326d ago
he said games that are available on other systems dont count

just like you guys say ports on the wiiu dont count

you guys ask for original wiiu games
he is asking for vita only games
MasterCornholio  +   1326d ago
Your just mad that Nintendo hasn't shown any rreal next gen titles for the system. Just accept that Nintendo is trying to pull a Wii with the Wii U and live with it and enjoy the console for its unique controller.

Also if you believe that multiplats are not games then you are crazy. I own a PS3 and while I do own exclusives, I own multiplats as well and there's nothing wrong with playing them. Seriously are you going to expect me to turn down Skyrim just because it's a multiplats? Of course not.

Ports are also games as well despite what many people will have you believe. Now try and tell me that Metal Gear solid collection, Mortal Kombat, Ultimate Marvel Vs Capcom, Street Fighter Vs Tekken, OddWorld Strangers Wrath, Sony Royal Brawl and Sly Cooper 4 shouldn't exist on the Vita because they are ports.

Vita has games, only haters and casuals say that it doesn't.

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krontaar  +   1326d ago
I wouldnt complain about the price if it actually came with built in memory.
Veneno  +   1326d ago
I completely and totally agree. Sonykeeps saying they want to compete with the tablets but the tablets let you have fun outof the gate with built in memory. With a Vita you have to spend another 30 bucks to have any fun with it. Sony should have not even made a 4 gig card and just built that into the vita or bundle it in.
RevXM  +   1326d ago
I am on my second VITA. I broke the first one. Smashed it in a car door by accident, it was unfixable.

But my insurance gave me a new one.
I am now thankfull it doesnt have any built in memory or else I would have lost all my stuff and game progress! I just inserted my 32GB Mem card to my new vita and Bam, 3 seconds passed and it was all there ready to go.
So I do not agree with you but those mem cards are sure way too expensive. a 50% price cut on the mem cards should make everyone happy. since that is about what other high end cards costs too.
ChunkyLover53  +   1326d ago
I think to the average consumer it does indeed need a price cut and a memory card thrown in. I haven't bought a Vita yet and definitely wont until its under $200 and comes with a memory card bigger than 4 gigs.

I am not denying Vita's quality specs, but so far the Vita is pretty much offering console types of games that I'd rather play on my console. I am looking for something a bit more unique.

So far there are only 3 Vita games I'd like to play, so that isn't really enough to entice me into spending $350 on a Vita, game and memory card at the moment.
TopDudeMan  +   1326d ago
Yeah, if you haven't bought it already, how much is a price cut really gonna convince you? They just need to keep pushing games.
allyc4t  +   1326d ago
It does need a price cut. I think the system is impressive and has some awesome games coming out for it, but $250 + $$ for a memory card and games is absurd. Especially in this day and age where you can get a capable mobile device for a lot less.

Not hating on the Vita, I think it's great. But it does need a price cut if Sony wants it to succeed.
kikizoo  +   1326d ago
" where you can get a capable mobile device for a lot less."

yeah, sure, where ? and what ?

if you compare the vita's price to the dated 3DS, to the 700$ cellphones...others have to cut their price (but i'm sure a price cut before christmas will help for big sales)
LOOK_AT_THIS_I  +   1326d ago
Memory card price cut and the ability to play all mini/psp/ most psn games would be a huge boost.
xursz  +   1326d ago
NOOO...! If they open it up to more old games then people would complain the Vita has even LESS games to play than before! Don't you see!


People need to relax. "Vita has no games" = myth. I still play WipEout 2048, platinumed Uncharted, I play multiplayer on Resistance (also platinumed), etc. I also own SSD, Escape Plan, UMvC3, Tales From Space, and that's not counting my PSP downloads (GTA Vice City Stories, Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker, God of War GoS, Final Fantasy Dissidia...).

Also some good ones coming up... Playstation All-Stars, Little Big Planet, Soul Sacrifice, Warrior's Lair, Jet Set Radio, Sound Shapes... (deep breath) Need For Speed, Call of Duty Black Ops Declassified, Assassin's Creed Liberation, Sly Cooper Thieves In Time, Madden '13... etc.
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Eyanxw  +   1325d ago
Hey hey, now don't forget persona 4 now, its currently doubling the sales of the vita this week in Japan
Garrison  +   1326d ago
I'm getting a white vita for sure, I was already going to get it before e3 but I saw the white japanese version and waited until e3. And to my delight it's coming along with a badass Assasin's Creed game.

Now to understand fanboy psycology you must understand fanboys and why is it that the vita will never apeal to them. Have you ever heard the saying that there is no greater blind man than the man who does not want to see?

When the generation starts they won't buy it cuz it's expensive.
It could have a bunch of games but " there isn't enough games".
When it does have enough games it will be "the games it has don't interest me".
When the graphics are better than their system "graphics don't matter".
When their system has better graphics "I can't play with those graphics mine system has better ones".
When their handheld system brings out a handheld version of a popular console franchise it will be amazing and original.
When your handheld system brings out a handheld version of a popular console franchise they say "they should make completely original games for the system."...... which wont interest them.

Fanboys will even buy the system that they hate on forums all day, Not really to play and have fun... but really more just to be able to speak their trash with more credibility when they rarely even turn the thing on.

The thought of someone not enjoying something because of some fugging one sided love to some company is just downright proof of how stupid people can be. It's like not enjoying a ride on an awesome acura because of your blind loyalty to toyota or something.
Skateboard  +   1326d ago
You hit the nail on the head. Bubble up.
darkvenom  +   1326d ago
don't care how much it costs,im buying another one,i recently had my 3g/wi-fi launch model stolen by my sister in-law. : (
cee773  +   1326d ago
360GamerFG  +   1326d ago
sales say it needs something though.
andro27  +   1326d ago
I just got my Japanese persona4golden and played 4 hours already. it looks amazing on vita screen, colors are so beautiful. and the game looks great as well(my first persona game). vita definitely worth the price I paid.
DEATHxTHExKIDx  +   1326d ago
well if its not getting a price cut then i guess I dont really need it.Produce A good exclusive then me and my wallet will talk.
Zetsomaru  +   1326d ago
My wallet and I* will talk.
There already are plenty of good exclusives.
I dunno why people keep saying there aren't.
EmperorDalek  +   1326d ago
So, without a price cut I guess Sony is expecting all those AAA must have games to help shift the Vita.

Honestly, say what they like consumers will pay what they believe a product to be worth. They simply don't believe the Vita to be worth the price yet.
g-nome  +   1326d ago
It is good as it is , and there are already bundles with games and memory card included. One thing I have learnt , a lot of gamers love to complain as if they are entitled to cheap entertainment. You want the highest tech , but want to pay nothing for it.
andibandit  +   1326d ago
It's not just gamers, developers too are dropping the Vita, dont know why, but a small userbase could be a reason.

TrendyEntertainment said they are cancelling Dungeon Defenders for the Vita
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Skateboard  +   1326d ago
Name another canceled game oh wait!!! you cant.
Nutsack  +   1326d ago
Sales say the price should drop, simple as that. You can think of so many reasons why it shouldn't but seeing the 3DS, its direct competitor, outselling the PSVita by a factor 3 world wide isn't good.

The 3rd party developers won't jump on the PSVita wagon as long as the installed base isn't interesting enough to sell major games to.

And a total of 1.8 mln possible buyers isn't interesting for big AAA IP's. Those need to sell a couple of millions. And when we see that games like Uncharted or God of War on PS3 with an installed base of 50 to 65 million the last few years sell just about 4 to 5 mln copies... Wel go figure.
black911  +   1326d ago
It needs a online service. At a cheap yearly price.
dollison27  +   1326d ago
How many fucking times are they gonna post an article like this for petes sake?
Ezio-Auditore00  +   1326d ago
This is wierd because were i live i bought my 3g/wifi for $420 and three months later the price went down to $380 and its wierd because the wifi only is $360 and it has stayed like this for 2 months. I got ripped off thats fuckin bullshit
Unversed87  +   1326d ago
Compare Vita to Wii U whats next Barney to Big Bird? Ridiculious...Vita has its worth at its price stand as of now. Portable power sure...good line up...and potential.

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