Submitted by knifefight 949d ago | article

March of the Vita – PSV Could Have Best Month Since Launch in Japan

"Right now officially begins what should be one of the PS Vita’s best sales months in Japan, dating all the way back to its launch in December of 2011. First and perhaps the biggest factor in the expected sales boost, the system is seeing a big price drop from 30,000 yen (3G enabled) and 25,000 yen (Wi-Fi only) to 20,000 yen for either hardware model." -PSLS

Tons of new software releases, combined with a slashed hardware price and new bundles will likely lead to a big sales performance. (Industry, PS Vita)

alexcosborn  +   949d ago
Nothing like a price drop to boost sales
NewMonday  +   949d ago
also 3 big releases:

Soul Sacrifice
Tales of Hearts R
Senran Kagura
knifefight  +   949d ago
And Phantasy Star Online 2.
blitz0623  +   949d ago
Oddly enough there was no drop in NA. Hopefully that will change soon
TooTall19  +   949d ago
blitz that's because the U.S. always had this price drop. The price for a Vita is now equal in both countries. New Japanese price is $217 US dollars.
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FriedGoat  +   949d ago
Well said TooTall, And I paid even more than that for it and don't regret it one bit.
Best handheld experience yet, and its only the beginning.
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dbjj12088  +   949d ago
Yeah if only America would get the same deal.
-GametimeUK-  +   949d ago
I will buy one at the next price drop.
FriedGoat  +   949d ago
so your not getting one until 2014? you'll have a lonely PS4.
-GametimeUK-  +   949d ago
Money is tight. At least I will have a PS4 :-)
Ddouble  +   949d ago
And the new Ice Silver colour as well.
knifefight  +   949d ago
Software + Hardware. I hope it does prove to be a recipe for success.
TrendyGamers  +   949d ago
Good software + good price = sales.
doctorstrange  +   949d ago
Now somebody just needs to tell that to SCEA and SCEE
Gamesgbkiller  +   949d ago
I am so hyped.
Really waiting to see these games come here too :)
gamingmaster2013  +   949d ago
Hopefully the spike in psvita sales in march would increase developer support for the psvita, make 2k develop bioshock and capcom making a monster hunter and resi evil vita and increase the overall quality of vita games creating more sales worldwide
profgerbik  +   949d ago
If these sales do good enough there would be literally no reason they won't drop the price in other places in due time.

Yes yes I know they said they aren't but the PS Vita's price will drop eventually there is no doubt about that, as every device, console or handheld in the world has over time.

Those lucky Japanese do have a lot cooler Vita games than we do that is for sure.. -_- clearly that is helping.
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younglj01  +   949d ago
Don't be surprise if Sony announce an PS4/PSVita bundle with KZ:SF and KZ:M. In the price range of $500-$600, which is clever because you will give developers an even larger install base.

Also it would promote cross-platform play with selected titles with bundles including PS4/PSVita versions coming in the future....
GribbleGrunger  +   949d ago
I think a PS3/Vita bundle is more likely earlier on with a PS4 bundle coming much later.
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hot4play  +   947d ago
I personally think that would be wasted potential. The PS3's hardware is not powerful enough to allow seamless gameplay between the PS3 and Vita.
I own both btw, and ive tried remote play for GOW collection and it is laggy as hell.

Sony should focus on PS4 - Vita connectivity instead.
hot4play  +   947d ago
Agree. But i think its not gonna happen soon (and at that price). I think a few years down the line when both the PS4 and Vita's manufacturing costs are significantly lower, Sony will "relaunch" the system or release an bundle SKU that will compete with the Wii U.

Think about it, just like the PS3's lifecycle was extended with Sony releasing the Move to compete with the Wii. The PS4's install base would be a lot bigger then and the Vita would be relatively "dirt-cheap". This would allow Sony the opportunity to bundle the Vita with the PS4, making it the official controller for the system.

Remember that Sony has already done this kind of strategy first with the PS1 (from the original controller to the first DualShock controller).

If Sony does this, they would effectively extend the PS4's longevity and standardize the use of a touchscreen controller on all their systems --- allowing for new ways to play and eating away at the Wii U's marketshare. Wii U games would be easily ported to the PS4, plus games would be a lot better because of the more powerful hardware and the better touchscreen controller (sorry Vita's OLED capacitive touch beats Wii U's crappy resisitive screen)

2015 - PS4 Slim + PS Vita bundle for $399 --- MAKE IT HAPPEN SONY!

Plus! You can still use the Vita as an actual PORTABLE machine that has its own set of exclusive games (Soul Sacrifice, FFX HD, and im sure many more in the future)
Playstation4LyFe  +   949d ago
I wanna buy one, but I feel like they're gonna announce a PSv revamp like they did with the PSP 2000/3000
Hicken  +   949d ago
I'm 100% certain I've read this exact comment from someone else.

Anyway, I don't think revisions will be coming any time soon. And if they did, what would they change?
Playstation4LyFe  +   949d ago
They could be making it smaller... and faster.. I mean Id like for the vita to be smaller, and the analog sticks could be improved along with the buttons, they're just too small
rainslacker  +   949d ago
I personally wouldn't mind TV out and Dual Shock support for playing the games on the TV. Only downside would be games that take advantage of the Vita's hardware might have issues.

The rest of the system is OK to me though. It feels solid, and while my carpel tunnel gives me problems playing sometimes, it's mostly comfortable to use.
Ddouble  +   949d ago
Or they could make it like the PSP Street and strip features.

The current build as it is, is great
T3mpr1x  +   949d ago
So...memory card prices???
o-Sunny-o  +   948d ago
Sell PS4/PSVita bundle for $599.99 that make a hell of a deal. I already have the Vita but I love an extra.

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