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Should Sony Double Up with a PS4 and Vita Bundle?

Push Square: "With the PlayStation 4's capabilities discussed and reinforced during GDC, the company's handheld is shaping up to be an increasingly integral part of the next generation console's ecosystem. But with the platform holder eager to reiterate the importance of Remote Play, and with buzzwords such as cross-buy and cross-save certain to grow in importance over the coming years, would the company benefit from bundling its forthcoming machine with its fledgling handheld?"

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LOGICWINS1190d ago

"Throw an already-expensive Vita into the mix, and you're looking at the recipe for an RRP that could even eclipse the PS3's infamous $599USD."

Doubt it. People buy bundles like this for value. Assuming Sony drops the Vitas price this summer(which they will), it'll be $199. The PS4 will be somewhere between $399-$449.

Buying in a bundle, I see the price being $499.

reef10171190d ago

I hope they do bundle the two together. Because I want a vita but I refuse to pay $250 for a handheld.

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LOGICWINS1190d ago (Edited 1190d ago )

"People thought the vita would be 400-600 dollars"

Then those people are dumber than a banana peel. Sony would have never been stupid enough to launch the Vita at $400. That would have been ludicrous. Even at $250, we can see that its struggling. Imagine what would have happened if it launched at $400.

$200 has always been the intended sweet spot for the Vita. The $50 premium was for the hardcore Sony fanbase who Sony knew would scoop Vita up at an inflated price. For everyone else, $150-$200 was the intended price point.

EDIT:

And please, don't give me that

"But bu bu people spend $200-$600 on smartphones" argument

The market for smartphones across the globe is INFINITELY bigger than the one for dedicated portable gaming devices. The bigger the market for a product, the more willing people are to pay top dollar for that product.

Smartphones have become status symbols...portable gaming consoles aren't. Smartphones are more popular worldwide, there is more marketing behind them, and the perceived value of a smartphone(for most consumers) is far greater than that of a portable gaming console.

Don't believe me?

http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Mo...

More units sold than the DS and PS2 combined! Keep in mind, this is only ONE line of phones. This isn't factoring the sales of the other 120+ Samsung phones and not factoring in iPhone, HTC, Nokia, Windows phone OR Sony Ericsson sales.

PLEASE..for the last time,

Stop comparing these two markets.

MysticStrummer1190d ago (Edited 1190d ago )

"People thought the vita would be 400-600 dollars."

No. They didn't.

You have a twisted view of what it means to be on welfare.

LOGICWINS1190d ago

"More units sold than the DS and PS2 combined!"

Meant to say PSP...not PS2. Still, I think I've made my point quite clearly.

NastyLeftHook01189d ago

i agree about the bundle, i would buy it.

@thirty3three, dont insult people who are on welfare telling them to "grab " there checks like animals. my best friend is a vietnam vet who lost his left hand and his eyesight and he fought for your freedom and people treat him like crap because he is on welfare.

Ritsujun1189d ago

Nintendo should. A Wii U + popcorn bundle.

ApolloTheBoss1189d ago (Edited 1189d ago )

You can always try Ebay. I was lucky enough to grab one for less than $200 with a 8GB and in GREAT condition.

GribbleGrunger1189d ago

What is it with some of you and Logicwins? He's spot on with that lengthy post. I don't always agree with him but I take every post he makes separately and don't let any previous disagreements effect my replies in other threads. Argue with the thinking, not the man for goodness sake.

Outside_ofthe_Box1189d ago

I would just like to throw in a little something about the Vita's price.

You guys forget that the 3DS was initially priced at $250. So people were speculating the Vita's price to be around $300-$400(lol @ the person who said $600). $200-$250 for the Vita at the time was considered wishful thinking as that just wouldn't make sense from a true realistic stand point when you take into account Sony's pricing history and the tech packed in the Vita. That's why people were surprised and happy when Sony matched the 3DS' price point. For an obviously more powerful handheld to be the same price as it's competitor certainly is a shock.

But then Nintendo lowered their price and all of a sudden $250 no longer looked like a steal for the Vita.

rainslacker1189d ago

As I recall the $250 Vita price tag was applauded when it was announced. Was a pretty positive side to it's whole announcement and upcoming release as well.

Sony could have gotten away with a $400-500 Vita if it had been a phone also, but it would likely be subsidized the say way smartphones are now.

I agree with Logic. Can't believe I'm saying that :) When Sony inevitably drops the price(probably at E3, or near the PS4's release), it is very possible that those that have been holding off will finally pick up the system. The fact that most of the criticisms of the system are now moot will only make it more attractive.

The only thing I can see keeping people away at a $200 or less price is the memory card prices, so it would be wise on Sony's part to make them more in line with what the actual market price for memory is going for. I do however fear that it may keep that stigma of being overpriced for them, and no doubt people will push that issue further than they should.

OT: A bundle would be great if there is value in it. If you can get a bundle for less than it costs to buy them both separate, it could be great marketing. For people willing to drop $400 on a console, they could be tempted to spend another $150 or so to get the bundle. Prime opportunity for Sony to really push Vita sales through the roof.

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onyoursistersback1189d ago

i would love to see that bundle!!!
And at stores, place them right up/next to the Wii u!

:P

iPad1189d ago (Edited 1189d ago )

If it were up to me, I would release two bundles:

PS4 + Killzone (maybe another DS4...) - $499 LE
PS4 + PSVita + Move controllers LE =$599 LE

Then a 2TB PS4 at $399 and a 1TB PS4 at $349

Peppino71189d ago

I'd buy it at the right price.

dedicatedtogamers1189d ago

I don't think a bundle is an answer (which would have a high price and would likely just sit on the shelf and give headaches to retailers).

The answer is simple: make a PS4/Vita combo LOOK attractive. Duh! Advertise, Sony. I know it's SOOOOO hard for you to do, but advertise. Show off the capabilities of a Vita/PS4 combo. Also, make a commitment to really push cross-buy and remote play. Stop being wishy-washy. People might buy the Vita just so they can play their already-owned console games on the go. BUT you actually have to put effort into it, Sony, and start adding cross-buy and remote play to more titles.

rainslacker1189d ago

Offering some sort of rebate for getting both is a pretty decent idea. It saves the trouble of marketing a separate SKU, and helps advertise the Vita to anyone who purchases a PS4. Particularly helpful is that they can really push the PS4/Vita integration to entice more people to want a Vita.

@die below

It's not appalling. The PS4 and Vita are looking to be heavily integrated with one another. At it's core they are separate machines, but when put together they can deliver a completely different experience.

die_fiend1189d ago

An appalling idea. Handhelds don't offer the same experience as consoles and are very different markets

Nilemonitors131189d ago

I completely agree with your thoughts, but I think that if the ps4 was 450$ people would still buy the bundle for 550$, maybe even 600$, I know I will, specially if it is a revised vita with an hdmi port, I already have 2 ps vitas, (one I bought for my girl), anyways, it is a great portable and believe me when I say that those that talk sh** about it just can't afford it. For the future of portables buy the ps vita and 3ds, I wouldn't want a future without buttons on portables.

tubers1189d ago

Make the good value bundle OPTIONAL.. problem solved.

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a_bro1190d ago

they can do a bundle and cheapen it if they want.

nevin11190d ago

I dont think its worth it if promised features dont happen.

LOGICWINS1190d ago

Personally, I'd rather have just the PS4. Vita has some great titles, but if you think about it, all the best PSP titles came to consoles at some point(Peace Walker, GOW: Origins, Persona 3 etc.) Its safe to assume that the same will happen with the Vita.

I'm just not that type of a gamer. When I game, I like to relax on my bed via surround sound headphones and game on the big screen.

I plan on picking up a PS4 sometime next holiday.

porkChop1189d ago

I think it's a smart idea to have an optional bundle with both systems considering how closely integrated the 2 systems are. It would help Vita's sales a lot, that's for sure. If they can get a baseline PS4 and a WiFi Vita + 8GB memory card, all for around $549, I think it would be very successful.

admiralvic1189d ago

It's actually a terrible idea. Not many people know the Vita exists (due to terrible marketing) and bundling it, even in limited bundle would do NOTHING but tell people that the Vita is nothing more than a PS4 accessory and that it's basically a Wii U.

Supermax1189d ago

I think it's a good idea I'd even say take a loss at a great price to intice more people to buy

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