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Submitted by lodossrage 502d ago | opinion piece

Will people see a PS4/ PS Vita combination as too expensive?

The current rumor floating around the internet is that there is a new Playstation bundle coming. This bundle will combine the new Playstation 4 with the Playstation Vita at a price of $500. For people that want/need both, this would be an instant kill two birds with one stone scenario. However, as good as that scenario is, there is one ever constant hinderance that people like to bring up, price. (PS Vita, PS4)

LOGICWINS  +   502d ago
Of course there will. Those people don't understand what value is.
Canary  +   502d ago
Well, the thing is... would they be wrong to think that?

If Sony decides to market the Vita as a PS4 peripheral rather than an independent gaming platform, they'd be right to think of it as too expensive IMHO. The Vita needs to be able to stand on its own--to form its own, individual identity--to anchor the Vita to the PS4 would be a mistake.

As for why it would be a mistake... well, I'm too tired to get into details, but essentially Sony seems to want the Vita to be usable in a similar manner to the WiiU gamepad... and just look at how many (foolish) gamers persist in advocating a future iteration of the WiiU sans the gamepad. It's not really a functionality many gamers see the appeal of (especially without experiencing it firsthand).

....

And, personally, too, I think it's a bad idea. I already own a Vita, so I don't need any incentive/deal to buy one. What I do need is software, and I don't see bundling the Vita with a PS4 encouraging further software development or international localization efforts.
LOGICWINS  +   502d ago
The software is there...and more will come. Gamescom and TGS will undoubtedly give us a multitude of Vita titles.

At $100, anyone getting a PS4 thats even remotely curious about Vita will spring for the bundle. More people will have a Vita, the install base will grow, and publishers will start becoming interested in it.
rainslacker  +   502d ago
It'd be no more expensive than the Xbox One at $500. If people don't understand what they're getting for an extra $100 in that bundle as opposed to the Xbox One, then it's likely they don't care either way.

So to speak of value.

Xbox One. You get the system. You can argue you get Kinect, but Kinect is a controller for the system. So in this regard it's part of the system and not really an added bonus.

Not trying to start a fan boy thing here, just stating this for simplicity in the comparison...not dissing the Kinect or what kind of effect it will have on the desirability for the console...and it's a shame I have to qualify that so this thread doesn't devolve.

PS4+Vita Bundle for $500. You get the system along with another handheld system you can take anywhere to keep playing your console no matter where you are(assuming a Wi-Fi connection is available). In addition you can play Vita specific titles(even if you don't know if there are any you want), or give it to your kid or friend or whatever.

Consumers aren't always idiots. PS4+Vita bundle is a perceivable value over the other no matter what, even if you don't know what the Vita is. The dumbest of consumers can equate 2 systems > One. The only thing that might happen among these types of consumers is that they may equate it to the Wii U gamepad...but again, that would mean they likely don't know enough to care either way. They're more likely to buy based on brand loyalty or a system having a particular game they really want.

Otherwise, this bundle is highly unlikely at this price. This discussion would be more interesting if the bundle was $550-600 vs. $500 for X1.
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Mr-Dude  +   502d ago
If those people excist then those people should take a bat and hit themself against the head for being stupid...
kornbeaner  +   502d ago
Let's see, PS4 + Vita for $500 or a Xbox one for $500. 1 box would contain two systems while the other would contain just 1. How would people see this as too expensive?
Mookie  +   502d ago
If they can get that $500 price it's a wrap on the Xbox one.
Belking  +   502d ago
Nah, no one is gonna but that combo because of Vita.
Mookie  +   502d ago
#killurself
rainslacker  +   502d ago
I'd probably get it at that price...and I already own a Vita. That price is a steal.
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Bowzabub  +   502d ago
Ignorance IS one of mankind's many fallacies unfortunately.
Otoshigamisama  +   502d ago
If the price for the bundle is 500$ and that is a big IF and people still think it is expensive? lol Its a no brainer
PositiveEmotions  +   502d ago
Imo its a good deal bc the xb1 is 500 bucks.

The standard edition with one ps4 controller is $431 and a ps4 with a controller and a psvita for $531 i consider that pretty cheap imo
evilhasitsway  +   502d ago
if its the $500 bundle then that is really really cheap.
tubers  +   502d ago
Nah.

Put a small banner comparing PSV and PS4 standalone prices beside the PSV + PS4 bundle.

= Problem mostly solved.

$ 499.99 is too low. It could cause some backlash on Sony's pockets and a heavier perception on how bad and overpriced the VITA is.
rainslacker  +   502d ago
I would honestly see it more likely that Sony would have a rebate program in place for every single PS4 sold. It makes more sense really.

People with a Vita that would buy it are probably not high, although $500 is a steal.

People that are interested in a Vita are more enticed to get one since it'll be cheaper, and no doubt it's easy enough to get people hyped for it if they're getting a new system.

People that have no clue what a Vita is now will since it's in every box, easy marketing.

While I hate to take Patcher as any sort of indication of anything factual, if he was actually close in his prediction on manufacturing costs, then the bundle would be a small loss scenario, which could return huge gains in future software/services sold with a huge influx of Vita owners...not to mention garner more mainstream 3rd party support which is desperately needed.
boybato  +   502d ago
Will people see a PS4/ PS Vita combination as too expensive?
People with the common sense that sees them as stand alone items being sold at a competitive price instead of an add-on accessory won't.
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Killzoner99  +   501d ago
The people that find this too expensive are the people I don't want on PSN.
evilhasitsway  +   501d ago
that's cheep the ps4 $399 after taxes your lookin at around $450 vita is any were from $200-$249 plus taxes add that up and your lookin at $599-749 without taxes and the 599 is if you get a stand alone vita used with new ps4 if you get both new with every thing you need its the 749+taxes so that's around $800 so a bundle from sony that cost $500 would be like paying $50 for vita that's cheap I paid $249 plus taxes for my vita so yeah 500 for both is a great deal and I would purchase it.
MiasmaDodo  +   501d ago
Yes because it is.

I have to buy other X-mas gifts for family members.
I have rent, gas, utilities, school payments, and much more

Plus I want to actually buy games for my PS4.

must be nice to have Mom and Dad buy everything for me like some people on here.

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