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Price Cut Prompts PlayStation Vita Sell Outs in Japan

Push Square: "See that red text at the bottom of those PlayStation Vita promotional posters? That's the sign of victory. After having its price slashed to just ¥19,980 yesterday, Sony’s struggling handheld has finally started flying off the shelves, with the pictured Akihabara retailer only having two models left in stock."

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antbolton891308d ago

I think the japan price cut was a test to see if it would make a difference to sales, i expect europe and america to get a price cut soon if it is selling out

Blastoise1308d ago (Edited 1308d ago )

I read something on this last night. Apparently they sold out within the hour!

I imagine Phantasy Star Online 2 & Soul Sacrifice helped a lot too

http://www.inside-games.jp/...

Use google translate

bicfitness1308d ago (Edited 1308d ago )

What's funnny is this troll article that was trying to paint an entirely different story:

http://n4g.com/news/1183421...

I told the fool to wait until the official date and more numbers/ samples started trickling out before making assumptions, but some people just don't listen.

Would be nice to see the Vita do 50-70K for the next few weeks (or more, obviously, but we have no idea what supply is like).

G20WLY1308d ago

"...PlayStation Vita Sell Outs in Japan", now there's a headline I was starting to think might never be written! :)

stuna11308d ago

It's also safe to assume that the announcement of the PS4's functionality with it, has helped in some regards.

knifefight1307d ago

March is definitely going to be big for Vita in Japan.
http://www.gamerevolution.c...
^ As said, here as well:
"This, plus the launches of Phantasy Star Online 2 and Senran Kagura Shinovi Versus should lead to a big jump in Vita sales on next week's charts. The releases of Tales of Hearts-R, Soul Sacrifice, Dead or Alive 5 Plus, One Piece Pirate Warriors 2, and a portable Atelier Meruru should keep the system's performance respectable all month long."

We've seen the prelude, now March will show how the machine can do with a lower price and appealing software.

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miyamoto1308d ago (Edited 1308d ago )

So the battle begins in Japan...

PlayStation sends a message that it is still the Platform for Hunting games

http://gematsu.com/2013/02/...

Enjoy Hunting!

PS.
This proves that price point is the number 1 factor in Japan.

200K next week confirmed?
Assasin's Creed: Black Flag Vita this year?
PS4+PS Vita bundle next year?

Gonna be exciting!

bryam19821308d ago

so it has begun buaaaaah! cool i love my vita i am thinking of buying a new one cuz my kid have my old one all scratch and dirty please price drop for americaaaaa c'mon sony lets do it baby

Ddouble1307d ago (Edited 1307d ago )

I would not go as far as 200K. Dengeki said they only shipped 30K of the new ice silver colour.

So if those sell out, plus sales of the other colours then expect at least 50K.

Remember Sony is also pushing Soul Sacrifice hard and that comes with it's own special SKU so people might be waiting on that as well.

3-4-51308d ago

Another point for Logic.

Now if only somebody could slap some sense into Sony NA.

TongkatAli1308d ago

Dude, they're bleeding money on it why do you think the memory cards are that expensive ? For fun ?

SilentNegotiator1308d ago (Edited 1308d ago )

They would have to be on something to think a pricecut wouldn't make a difference in the West.

They should have rolled out a pricecut at the Playstation meeting, instead of giving Vita another year of slow sales and thus keeping developers scared off even longer.

GraveLord1308d ago

The portable market in Japan is very differnt from the one in EU/US. A price cut in Japan could increase Vita sales by millions this year, while one in America could only increase it by a few hundred thousand. I guess what I'm trying to say is that it's all about the games. Sony was smart to time this price cut with games like Phantasy Star Online 2 and the upcoming Soul Sacrifice.

Denethor_II1308d ago

We all remember the articles about the PS3 being still born and what not, whatever happened to all the Xbox trolls that once ruled and littered this site?
Anyway, now we're seeing the same with Vita, with people like Cliffy B saying 'Sony should give up on Vita'. It's obviously going to sell, give it a rest.

Apollosupreme1307d ago

Price cuts usually mean they're also prepping for a new and improved product to fill that price point. I expect a new Vita by Xmas that will have some new bells and whistles.

shutUpAndTakeMyMoney1307d ago (Edited 1307d ago )

Perfect timing before ps4..

They should promote ps4 + vita sales! Buy a ps4 now and save $70 on vita when bought together..

Apollosupreme1307d ago

Bundling them together at some point would be an excellent idea.

Tei7771307d ago

I don' t think this is the case actually. The Japanese price cut has been very strategically timed to to coinside with all of the Vita's biggest releases. Starting this week with PSO2 the Vita has a least one major flagship title being released everyweek of march. Next week its soul Sacrifice, then Gundam, then One Piece. There are also a ton of other notable titles but the above are the biggest I think.

They didn't offer this cut in west because they have no software to support it and they we will probably never have a month as strong as this in west. To be honest I thinking over here sony's flagship title is the ps4 lol

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Sanquine901308d ago

LOL I laughed. Kaz is cool!:D

SandWitch1308d ago

LOL WTF, why are all WiFi models sold out and 3G models not if price is the same?

These must be a great portion of geniuses there in Japan

oONinjavitiSOo1307d ago

Well you can tether your ps vita to your phone. Might be why they aren't. Besides you can't use multiplayer games over 3g only social functions.

Baka-akaB1308d ago (Edited 1308d ago )

why would there be a frenzy on 3g version ? You can't play with it and most people in japan got 3g and beyond capabilities on their phones . They obviously dont care and dont have to

Sanquine901308d ago

Justice! Hopefully the price drop comes soon in EU and NA

OlgerO1308d ago

I just realized something, every person that owns a Vita will buy a PS4 over a xbox 720 because of the remote play option. So the existence of the Vita will help PS4 market share

theDECAY1308d ago

That's assuming that all the Vita owners out there right now aren't already going to be early adopters for PS4.

abzdine1308d ago

great! a lower price was what Vita needs.

majiebeast1308d ago (Edited 1308d ago )

Psvita+8GB card+1-3 month card for psplus, would sell for sure. I love my Vita i have it since launch it deserves more succes its a amazing device.