IGN - Vita won't be out in the west until 2012, but with Nintendo's emergency price cut of 3DS, some are wondering if Sony will slash prices too.
Why should they? The PSVita actually offers more than enough things to justify a $250 price tag, the 3DS didn't
My theory is that Sony's major target is the market that currently owns a ps3 and potential ps3 owners. there are about 50 million ps3 owners and 50 million xbox owners. granted most of them might have both consoles but that is still a sizable market share to target Imagine a mass effect, dragon age or a fallout game which can be played at home on a ps3 and when you have to go for a vacation or a long trip you can continue on your ps vita anywhere. Imagine a call of duty multiplayer where you can continue to enjoy with your friends even if u r not home. if sony can get these experiences going then I can see them making a ton of money on this. The system will be so irresistible with unique experiences, smartphone game experiences plus console game experiences as well. they have a winner if they do this the right way. sell a mass effect or a dragon age for 75-80(preferably 70 but that is unlikely i think) with an option to play on the vita as well. I will jump on that.
the reason Nintendo decide to cut the price of the 3DS is really due to the Vita being the same price, yet the Vita can do a lot more with a $250 price tag
you think those games would push systems more than a moster hunter? LOL
I don't think sony should focus on the price at this point in time. There will be enough months to observe the market reaction to the 3DS price drop to choose whether or not to do so. And I also think Sony should't drop the price of the Vita either. The 3DS was a horrible value to everyone compared to a PSP with its back catalog of games and budget gaming entry. The 3DS released with no in demand features, lackluster game selection, and little support in online and features. Sony needs to focus on making the launch perfect. From service, features, and game lineup. The hardware by itself is already a great value compared to an Ipod touch or an Ipad but Sony needs to make sure that the network service, the software, the features, THE MARKETING, are all setup to launch this device. Its easier to pay $250 for a device that has great hardware and software/service to match. Its difficult to justify $250 for hardware with no support (You could buy a powerful supercomputer but if nothing can be done with it there is no value in having one).
Exactly this was a stupid question. I surprised it came form ign /s
This is ridiculous, PSVita at $250 price tag is perfect for now.
I actually think, this might be the best Playstation product ever made, because of ease of development and having so many input methods. Developers will make shit ton of interesting software for it. I think it is priced correctly and input methods (2 sticks and even the touch screen- even menu systems in games will be awesome) will define this system.
They won't have a choice a month after launch. If the 3DS sold slowly at $250 Vita doesn't stand much chance no matter how great the hardware is.
That does not make sense. Better hardware alone will give it momentum. But the Vita also has a pretty good looking software lineup. Combine the two, and you have a handheld that will do just fine at $250 at launch.
thing is, Us gamers that do come to sites like this and research games and systems while still in development care about what we are getting. the average customer doesn't care about the hardware, just the games and what the system can do, if you walk up to anyone looking at a prebuilt laptop or desktop in store chances are they will have no idea how to anything with said computer (clean it, back up hard drive, install updates to graphics cards and such) same thing with the systems it's all going to come down to launch titles, if Sony dose not have amazing launch titles then the Vita will stumble out of the gate like the 3DS did for me the tech is great but if they don't have at least 2 amazing launch titles day one then it doesn't justify the purchase of the Vita at that point, cause why buy a system im not going to be able to use with out a game, yeah i will play with all the menu stuff but that won't take more than a day
ziro, im holding back what i want to say right now out of getting banned...please leave, you are so very very ignorant.
Lemme paraphrase: Nothing should be sold at $250, no matter how great it is.
. The analysts and shareholders are in a panic and they want to make sure that their stock doesn't drop like Nintendo's did when sales don't meet forecasts. Nintendo's creator lost 300+ million in a matter of hours...nobody wants that.
That's a load of BS, analysts are talking crap as usual because now that N cut the price of the 3DS, for some reason Sony should do the same, al their expeculations are based on comparisons between the low sales of the 3DS (high price for what people think is just a new DS model and lack of games) and sales of smartphones, gaming handheld and smartphones never played on the same league, two different devices have two different markets...
Stupid question, won't even read the article
If they want to look weak like Nintendo and lose even more money then they are losing now for offering so much at such a low price, yes they should lower the price.
. Would Nintendo cut the price again, lol?
For the US, nope. The price for the US is wonderful. For the UK, hell yes! We're paying almost 50% more!!
I love paying more for something rather than paying less for the same thing.
They might cut it, but I'd say it's already fairly priced.
Be very suprised if it sells well.
Get ready to be surprised then. Fucking PSP is still selling in the millions. Handheld market is huge and this thing is beast. With Sony's first party developers the potential is limitless. It's all about hardware and the software to drive it and Sony has both worked out in this case.
Of course they should. They need to cut the arse out of this thing really, as if the latest Nintendo handheld's sales are abysmal & suckish like reported, then Sony need as much help as they can get, as Nintendo have been the handheld kings for 20years or so.....I mean, I'm hoping kids have learned there lessons for supporting Nintendo's out of date, under powered console & handheld products for so long & have decided on a mass scale to get there soccer mums to buy them a PSVita instead of the 3DS. Not likely at all, but it would be awesome & great for Vita getting full software 3rd party support & more games that are made specifically for the machine, as opposed to PS3 conversions that compromise control & gameplay mechanics, visual fidelity & overall depth & production values, just like PSP got apart from a some true classics that should have been 10-20 times more abundant on that great little machine.
I dont believe they will cut it because people are happy with the Vitas price. Also if anything the sudden drop in price for the 3DS might get people to wait a little longer and see if Nintendo drops the price again.
Sony wont cut the price because of arrogance and probably the manufacturing cost. I would just say be warned.Have the games to back it up please.....
i have to lol at people saying "no, its fine at US$250". you know whats a better price than $250? $249. you know what else is better? EVERY SINGLE PRICE BETWEEN $0 AND $248!!! lower price = more sales. no questions asked. the PSP couldnt get within a cooee of the DS, despite having all its bells and whistles, yet the same fanboys are claiming the PSV will destroy the SIGNIFICANTLY cheaper 3DS even after its had a 12 month minimum head start..... some people just dont get it. you should NEVER say "no they shouldnt drop the price, its good where it is" lol. why would you WANT to pay more?
with ur logic they should give it for free then that will be maximum sales!!!Sony need to make money on this system as well and not sell at a big loss just to have more sales than 3ds. who cares if it sells less than 3ds as long as it makes a profit and people think it is worth the asking price.
Not true the gamecube was cheaper than the PS2 and what was the result.
Seems fair already in my opinion, Sony isn't Nintendo and all because Nintendo does a price cut doesn't mean Sony is obligated to do one. Would it be great if they did ? Absolutely for consumers ^.^.
I will not get it day one. I might wait 90-120 days to see if the hype is real. I think it will be great but I want to see the line up of games past launch.
200 dollars would be even better....I dont understand how you guys can defend that price even with the value...no one cares...ps3 is arguably the best value on the market but you don't see them flying off the shelves
Yeah, why not one hundred dollars? Then Sony can go out of business as a gaming company. Yes that makes perfect business sense. Give you a system with all the bells and whistles then sell it at an enormous loss that you spend the next 8 years or so trying to make back. Of course $250 is unreasonable. If they said $200 that would be unreasonable too. If they were handing them out for free I am sure someone would come up with 'It must be real crap if they are giving it out free'. I don't know about everyone else but I look for value in my purchases. Don't buy crap and fill my home with junk because its cheaper. If the VITA is worth $249 then $249 it is.