Bloomberg: Sony Corp. (6758), the world’s second- largest maker of video-game machines, shouldn’t count on Yukinobu Takeda to stand in line for the $380 PlayStation Vita when the portable player begins selling this year.
I think they are talking about different markets here, the casual market is huge, no denying, but someone who buys a Vita is more of a gamer than someone who buys a phone. Its two different markets. Everyone (nearly everyone) has a phone, and those who do will probably buy some casual games. I know I did. But I also love 'hardcore' gaming and have to have specialised devices for that side of gaming. Having said that, hopefully Vita might get a price drop soon after release then...
WTF Bloomberg?!! The PSV is 250$, not 380$
"The customers Sony is targeting with its Vita are those willing to spend a lot of money," he said. "That's a valid strategy even if the volume's low as long as it can sustain the higher price." This I can agree with. Nintendo may sell more systems but they will probably be losing more money now on each system sold than Sony is with Vita if at all they are losing money. They did make the system with that price in mind so they may make a small profit but not sure yet. I don't see why they NEED to drop the price. I would be scared if they drop the price because then I would feel like I am getting something cheap and cut down in features. There will always be people asking for lower prices. Price it for what it is worth and not for what people want it to be.
i don't usually complain about disagrees, but the PSV is really 250$, how can someone disagree with that.
Maybe the $380 figure is for the 3G model and a single game, plus tax. That's my guess.
@meganick they compared it to the cut price standalone 3DS at 169$, that's just an epic fail from a major news source.
FUCK MAN. everyone needs to calm down, $250 is the lowest sony can put the vita right now' if the sales are low then, lower the price' dont do it straight away
True. The price cut on the 3DS was a terrible move. They are really taking a major hit on it. It dropped to much to fast. Not a smart marketing tool. For the Vita, I think it's a perfect price and since it's going to be Sony's transitional system between the PS3 and PS4, it's designed to grow. The price is to gracious TBH for all the technology that this little beast holds. This is by far one of the most impressive peices of handheld technology I have ever seen and I am pretty sure, it will be more than successful.
That is what they are going to have to, but it looks like Sony packed too much technology into it so manufacturing cost is high! I don't think most people follow the industry so a price drop now or later won't matter much. It is just analyst and such looking for clues.
People are flipping over because Nintendo cut the price of the 3DS. Sony is already selling the Vita at a loss so they cant afford to cut the price further. Besides at 250 Euros the Vita is a great buy and i believe that many people will see that. BTW 380 dollars is a huge typo.
Sorry 250 is an amazing price and does not need to change...with all this thing does
-Cross game voice/text chat -Near -LiveArea -Top handheld games: Uncharted, COD, Resistance, LBP, Ridge Racer, etc. -PSP, PS1, PS Suite, Mini's games -Multiple sported movie files -Flash capable -Email -Dual analog sticks, gamepad, dpad, shoulder buttons -Front and back multi-touch -6 axis -GPS -5 inch OLED -Light weight -Front and back cameras -Quad core CPU/GPU -LAN/Wireless connectivity with PS3 for games/apps -Games from starting from $0 on PS+ membership So, go ahead and take it for $249. It is yours. Sony are giving that to you as a gift. Its like a friend saying you can have his bike, no strings attached. "You wanna bike?" "Yeah" "Take this kick ass bike with rocket launchers" "WHOOOOO!" *Fly's off to the moon.*
Hey you forgot to add -PS2* games...... Fun fact, the Vita was able to run MGS4 at an average frame rate of 20fps, without the game data being optimized for and on top of that it only took a week for the developers to figure out how to get the up and running on it......
Exactly. I pay for worth not cheapness. If the PSV is worth $249.00 then I pay $249.00. I am not going to buy some junk or some device that has to be replaced in 1-2 years just because it is cheaper.
Only an idiot would say that Vita is overpriced with those features. OLED screen alone is quite expensive, but at that price it's like being given away for free. Yeah I'd also be suspicious of the quality of the hardware if the price was lower.
seems well worth $250
its $375 in the uk and $457 for the 3g version
and where did you see that? LOL since when uk uses dollar? we in the uk use POUNDS mate just to let you know psv is £229 wifi and £280 for 3g and wifi.
Gotta love N4G. Two people disagreed that we in the UK use pounds! lol
He's comparing the pricing between UK and america by converting the pounds to dollars. It's 229 pounds in the UK - £229 is $375. or for the 3g version - £280 is $457. UK is getting ripped off. He wasn't saying the UK used dollars, he was just showing that the UK is getting ripped off compared to america. people are idiots for not understanding this.
@myk1992 i know he was trying to convert pounds in to dollars but why would we care about dollars when we live in uk use pounds and dollars aint even related to us? yes uk gets ripped off IF you convert pounds to dollars but for uk money its just fine. when you write (its $375 in the uk and $457 for the 3g version) of curse its going to sound like hes trying to say we use dollar well at least it sounds like it, if he said (its £229 witch is $375 and £280 witch is $457) hes statement would have been much much more clear. but tbh why would you compare dollars to pounds if you live in uk? i mean every country gets ripped off in the world does that mean you wont buy the product? hell no! to me ps vita is not a rip off cz i live in uk and dont care how much its going to be when i convert the pounds in to dollars cz i dont live in usa. @leshin what can i tell you mate lol some people really needs to learn about this world rather then just sitting in there basement.
@MYK1992 I wouldnt say that UK is getting ripped of since the balance and stuff is pretty similar, right? Currently in Norway a Ps3 320GB costs from about 2500 kr(Cheapest i could find, saw one for 3700). 1$ = 5.4 NOK/kr So our price directly converted to dollars would be roughly 463$. (Im using the 320GB ps3 because there is no word about how much PSV will be over here yet, but I bet it is comparable to a 320GB Ps3.) It doesnt matter though since the balance is about right (Pricing on different products and services vs average income) and its good in fact we are about the wealthiest nation in the world and tbh we are spoiled though nothing is perfect its probably the best place in the world to live right now so Im ofcourse not complaining. And I hear UK aint all that bad either so the pricing is about right over there too I guess. People should not directly compare prices in their own country to the price anywhere else like that. I bet a PS3 in Chad (Africa) is like 10 dollars... NOW thats unfair lololol... /S
@revxm well said mate if only people understood things just like you then there wouldn't be any problem :P expect psv 3g/wifi version to be the same as ps3 360gb not sure about the non 3g version tho
kill yourself now.....
How is the 3DS price competing with the Vita? Has anyone ever comprehended the fact that such concept never been applied to the Wii on the 360/PS3? Either that, or bloomberg really NEEDS to get a hands-on between the two systems! -End statement
The world is on the brink of financial collapse great time to launch a product no one will buy,apple will release something that will smash it .
That is a good reason to not release new hardware. Is the world economy about to really collapse now? I don't see Washington doing anything about jobs. A lot of American jobs have been sent to China and India. Can we bring them all back and worry about our own country now?
I am so sick of it! I see people here (in the USA) outsourcing their work to India and China ALL the time while they CAN hire American service providers! There is a very wrong concept that you have to pay top dollar to hire American work force. I know it because I AM one of the people who provide IT related services at extremely competitive price. The fact is that MOST of my clients were bitten by some Indian IT GURU at least ONCE! They'll promise to make you a website for say $200 and ask you to pay upfront. Once they get the money, they run away! Good luck catching a scam in Mumbai!
I had an IT job for almost 18 years until last year when my job was sent to India. I hate all this outsourcing nonsense. Big business in the US cares about nothing but money. They're destroying our economy just to save a buck.
the 3ds is a fail, there is no price pressure, your golden sony :), go for it!
Give us a break. People who knows what vita offers ll gladly pay 250. Ey need to wake up to see how much we are paying for smartphones and iphone. I payed 4 galaxy 2 in my country like 680$. Heck why dont sony just give it for free maybe "analysts" ll be positive about it.
sadly even free + free 20 ps minis would have analysts saying omgtehvita izDOOMDZZZZZ
I'm always amused by these articles. Question who are the most foolish consumers? A: Someone who buys a Vita for $250/£229 which should at least last them for maybe 5 6years (Maybe 3 if they release a lighter/ smaller model) or B: Someone who buys an IPad for $500/ £399....and then buys every other revision annually How Apple doesn't get slaughtered for this business tactic in the media, I will never know... Imagine if Microsoft/Sony or Nintendo tried that? The media would have a field day!