"With the PlayStation Vita releasing in North America and Europe in several weeks, it seems that import stores like Play-Asia did another price drop." - JPS
What the article fails to "articulate" is the fact that play-asia OVERPRICES the device to get the maximum amount of profit for the earliest adopters. This is not an uncommon practice for online retailers. Turning this into another PS fail remark is just another poor attempt to capitalize on the doom articles we've seen of late. Besides, imports have no bearing whatsoever to the determining factors that constitute any forseeable failure or success of a console/product as it is INDEPENDENT from the standard market.
The article stated that it was most likely based off the US/EU releases and the MSRP is 325 in Japan. If you did more than read the sentence listed here you wouldn't look a fool.
However, the opening "statement" is indirectly trying to tie the price drop to the "failure" in Japan. And thus capitilzing on the failure on the recent Vita doom articles. Why not just get straight to the point and follow through the 2nd paragraph (of the article) as you originally pointed out? Doesn't that make the article's first points irrelevant?
I agree with DA. This is a shameless article trying to ride the wave of doom and gloom articles for the Vita lately. System's been out for what? Almost month? OMG! PSVita price drop from overcharging independent retailers! It's over PSVita's finished! Protip for folks: Underneath "Read Full Story >>" There's a little + button next to the site name. Hit that and downvote any crap you come across. It seems these little sites run by 3rd graders come out of the woodwork each time some company releases something. Any time after launch these articles come out just to garner hits to ruffle feathers. Then later when their favourite check signing company releases something it's all "Get one now!" "Amazing sale!" etc. These childish games you play with your readers only serve to segregate and piss off people. Advice for the next elementary students wanting to "writes the htemells about gaems" don't pull this crap. Fanboys have no reason to have a mic other than to piss off the other part of the crowd. People who put you in business.
There is no denying this was another attempt to get quick hits off "vita is failing" articles. Go to Play-Asia right now, the import cost is 399 for the wifi version....The "early adopter" package for NA isn't even that much. They are simply creating business tactics. Anyone that wants it from them wants it early and will pay the price. Common sense and business tactics are, lower the price as it becomes available in that region. It will drop even further when February rolls around so they can steal even more sales.
according to DigitalA, no one can make a vita thread about price drops because it would be "capitilzing on the failure on the recent Vita doom articles. " . No one should know about price drops, according to DigitalA.
DigitalAnalog just proves one thing, too many over-sensitive gamers roam the forums. Anyone with common sense knows the intent of this article and what it's exactly trying to portray. That is as we get closer to the Europe/NA launch, prices are normally going to come down from importers. Why can't people view topics as they are instead of amalgamating previous articles? If things are getting too negative for you perhaps you should stop reading them. Those who are still looking to get Vita early are now informed of another price drop. That's it, nothing more nothing less. Stop the insanity.
I would agree on the overreacting statement but I also have to agree that a tad few information was left out and the report being interpreted differently.. It would have been better for all parties if more information was posted on how Play-Asia actually does business.
Well, for those who will buy Vita, what games do you want for the Welcome Back Ambassador Program? :P
"Protip for folks: Underneath "Read Full Story >>" There's a little + button next to the site name. Hit that and downvote any crap you come across." Please do this to all crappy articles, not just this one. (yeah its just worded really annoyingly but the news itself is fine)
Honestly, I didn't think they were trying to make the Vita come off as a failure. My first thought was that it was dropping the price because the real release is just a little more than a month away. Upon reading, my suspicion was confirmed. I know there really ARE a lot of people wanting Vita to fail just so they can shout in some sort of twisted victory, but some people are also a little over-sensitive about their consoles.
its easy to see this as a sensationalist type of headline. "Drastic" is an attention grabber when in reality it is simply an article about the price of the import being reduced. NOT the cost of the unit as it relates to current price. It may be off topic but it will make more sense when you look at the price reduction of the 3ds. That wasnt something an import place did. It was something Nintendo did. The price drop of the vita through play asia is something play asia did, not sony. Yet some will gloss over that idea and think its an official price drop in response to failing sales. Point being is that it is play asia trying to sell inventory and they wont sell below the price they originally purchased them at. If anything they would reduce the price to the same to break even. Its a nice incentive to those who dont want to wait and I can say i have had my experience with such import outfits like lik sang and (this is going back several years...) die hard. It should come as no surprise that they mark up the costs of imported goods but to then proclaim "drastic price cut" it makes people forget they were more expensive than if you bought it in japan to begin with.
@darthv72 It is true that play-asia.com droopped the price, not Sony. However, it certainly indicates demand for handheld from a specific group of people i.e. the early adopters willing to pay premium to be the first. The vast majority will probably just wait a few weeks. Albeit overpriced *imported* handheld. It's at least now within reasonable profit margin in my opinion.
No one in their right minds is going to buy this unless they just want to go look what I have a play station vita 3 months early. they will ten notice that no one cares and people just call them a dummy. the system isn't -set up for usa regions -no games in English - accessories will be super expensive whats it worth in the end of the day?
This device just launched say all the negatives about it sony has invested a lot into it so this will be supported well. and please let it launch world wide before we call something a failure remember how 3DS launched without any games and how bad it was doing and now how well its selling. All you need is software support which will come with time
Isn't it common sense that the closer it gets to international release the less valuable an import console is?
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those are import prices for goodness sake. of course they're going to hike up the price initially, most people who import are desperate for the product and these companies know it. the drop is just to keep it chugging along at reasonable numbers until it's officially released over here... at which point this side of the business becomes redundant. are these journalist stupid?
wow i cant even get one with japanvideogames.com
its not essential to me ut i will wait for a price drop in the UK hopefully around june july
i bought my 3G Japan PS Vita for the equivalent of 265€+20€ shipping... how? having a japan mate :D at the moment import is a scam, too much money for who ship the item!!
Why did you buy a 3G Vita from Japan if you don't live in Japan? Isn't the Japanese Vita hardware locked into DoCoMo, like as in, the system won't recognize other SIM cards? I'm aware that Hong Kong, Aussie, and EU Vitas allow other carriers, but Japanese and American ones are carrier locked, so I don't see what good a 3G Vita will do you if it's from Japan >_>
you are correct, BUT, when a CFW will be out, i'm sure i will be able to change "console region", that way the firmware, will recognize an "European Vita", and allow me to use other SIMs. smart enough eh? xD PS. i don't like mods, and CFW, but if it work like PSP, i can change region with a CFW, then.... install OFFICIAL firmware and region will be the untouched. :)
Hmmm i said sony would do the Nintendo and drop half there price almost and i still got like 11 dislikes
This isn't Sony this is Play-Asia and Japanese sites selling foreign Vitas for $500 each. But we're getting closer and closer to the US and EU launches so...what's the point of paying double the price to have it for like 1 extra month? Of COURSE the price of an import is going to go down. Duh? It'll drop again a little bit next week, and every week after that until about Marh or April when you can get the JP ones for about the same price as the Western ones.
I've been a day one adaptor on many many systems. Long nights outside Walmart have been a part of my life. I want Vita. My mind is telling me to wait tho. Wait till holiday 2013. That's my approach. I hope I can hold out. I'll be checking prices online, and if I come across something great, I would buy it probably. LOL. I want it. I just want to be smart.
I think it's a lot of fun to be an early adopter. Yes you usually pay more, but there is something awesome about being part of the community early on with a new device because everyone playing is an enthusiast.
tempting, but ill wait to get one for 250 with some games and a memory card, all for under that asking price...
Yeah just wait, I got mines from NCSX for $479 in December. It's an amazing device, but I only got it early so I could review it for my site. If you're just a regular joe/jane it isn't worth it. Wait and get a few extra games.
Vita has one of the most promising launch game lineups for a new system in like a decade, if not longer. It'd be a shame if it didn't do well. I'm buying one just for Uncharted, because I love that series and have heard great things about the Vita game, but there are at least half a dozen other games coming out launch day in the U.S. that I'm looking forward to checking out at some point. I am going into this knowing that it probably won't do great long term without a price drop, but like with the 3DS and most other game systems, I'm okay being an early adopter. Also, launch units are almost always the easiest to hack going forward for doing homebrew, and this thing looks to have a lot of app support designed around it, so I can see a lot of emulators hitting within the year for it. Doesn't hurt that I have a $30 Visa gift card left over from Xmas to throw it on, so it's basically free :).
Hmm; I don't know if this is good news or bad. Does this mean that, once Vita hits the states, that we can expect a process drop? Or is this a mini "PS3 launch" situation all over? Either way; Just bring it I'm already! PS: Maybe they should push the US release date up... =^D
Vita day one! FU doom articles. Every one of you complainers and doubters would look better with your foot in your mouth. This device is for gamers. If you don't like it, go download angry birds. It's rather inexpensive.
Another article having a negative implications on the Vita.... Death to sony /s
FAILED article. The price has always $399 here and the dumbed down version is $249
i'll be waiting on the price drop to $199 with a memory card, by this summer i imagine, maybe sooner, no biggie, i got so many awesome games for my psp, my ps3, my 360, my ds, my iphone, and mostly my gaming pc, i love you steam and your beautiful sexy christmas deals.
honestly, i picked up like 20 games from steam this holiday, saved around $400 off retail, probabaly more.
steam is THE best!
Im planning on getting one in the next 3 to 5 years the price should be right for me then.
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