"Twiggy", PushSquare: "Ever since news broke of Nintendo’s colossal price-cut to its 3DS system, I’ve been keeping my ear very close to the ground. I wanted to gauge the implications of the price-cut on PlayStation Vita, particularly from the people that matter: the fans and potential consumers. The news won’t have filtered through to the mainstream audience just yet, but it will do when Mario Kart and a newly trimmed $169 Nintendo 3DS is competing for shelf space against ModNation Racers and a $249 PlayStation Vita. The general consensus seems to suggest that this price discrepancy puts Sony in an awkward position. Like PlayStation 3 before it, the platform holder has to fight off a cheaper, more accessible system. But I’m not entirely sure Sony and Nintendo are competing for the same demographics. At least not yet.
"The 3DS price-cut will undoubtedly raise Nintendo’s hardware sales. If it doesn’t, the company is in more trouble than has previously been touted. But that doesn’t take anything away from the Vita’s chances. Granted Sony is once again targeting a niche, enthusiast market — but it’s clearly learned a lot from its mistakes during the PSP era. The Vita is a swiss-army knife of gameplay potential, as well as an open-book in terms of distribution methods. People are openly opting to ignore the strides Sony’s taken with its online infrastructure [outages aside! - Ed], and fundamental features such as the PlayStation Network will ensure Sony’s able to deliver just as many bite-sized applications as full products."