3DS required a hefty price cut only six months after launch to help drive sales, but Sony says a price drop for the just launched, £230 PS Vita is "not currently" on its radar.
Of course not. Sony needs to see how well(or how poorly) Vita sells before even considering the need for a price drop.
Says the one that said it'll be "common sense" for Sony to do it by the end of this year. http://n4g.com/news/944950/...
"Says the one that said it'll be "common sense" for Sony to do it by the end of this year. http://n4g.com/news/944950/... Correct. And my opinion still stands. I'm loving all the attention you've been giving me these past few weeks Outside_ofthe_Box. Nice to know that even random people on the Internet have such a deep interest in everything I write.
@logic thats why u gotta watch what u say and be consistent with it
So which is it? Should Sony see how well the Vita sells before dropping the price? or Should they just drop the price regardless of how well the sales are because it's "common sense" to do so?
Sony should do whatever the hell they feel is necessary...its their product not mine. I predict that the Vita won't sell well enough at a $250 price point and in the coming months there will be a point where Sony will consider dropping the price to reach a bigger audience. This would be "common sense" for them.
Finally making sense I see. Of course if the Vita doesn't sell well Sony is going to have to something whether it be dropping the price, bundling it with games/memory cards, or marketing the product better. As it stands now there is no reason to even consider the price dropping as $250 is a very reasonable price point. I don't think $250 dollar is an outrageous amount of money for the system.
They watch the sales, also note that fluctuations is a common thing. So a drop in sales may not necessarily mean immediate price drop. What logic means with "common sense" (though nothing in the world is common sense) is that in his opinion, by the next X-mas or end of the year the price should drop. The reason for this being that around that time sales increase because of the holidays. Meaning that Sony might gain a lot of sales early in the Vita's lifetime. Is this a smart or "common sense" move? That depends on if Sony believes that they can still rack in some extra cash with the price set at 250. If they believe that sales are not doing so well by that time, they may decide to drop the price.
Duh, its too early for that. Now, if the sales are not in their expectation months from now, they'll bundle the memory card (16GB) or have a price cut of $50.
LOL there's no reason for price cut at this early stage of VITA, if you compare this awesome device to tablets this year, VITA is in fact for more powerful that it has QUAD core CPU+GPU, I guess a $250 price vita over $399-$499 dual core tablet is more reasonable.. Only blind fanboy will contradict my statement. LOL
@Agent_hitman Why in the hell would you compare the Vita to a Tablet? They are 2 different things. It's kinda like comparing a car to a boat. Yes they are forms of transportation, but they are different. Gaming is Vita primary function. Tablets arent meant for gaming, its like a bonus feature. AKA great time killers. LOL On topic. I think the price point of the is reasonable. It's the games and memory cards that desperately need a price cut
Then sadly the Vita isn't on my radar. Seems that quite a lot of the n4g community don't seem bothered but £230 cheapest model.. it's just way too expensive for this economy for a handheld console. It'll be interesting to see how the overall sales are however I'd be shocked if they are positive.
How much do you want it to cost? I mean yes it's expensive, hell I don't even plan on buying it until the price drops, but I still think the Vita is priced right considering the things it can do.
If its only the price that is stopping you then you don't need to worry since traditionally console prices goes down in time and with every succeeding sku. @DragonKnight (below) The 3DS actually sold well at $250, no one really complained about the price even when it was found out that it only took $101 to make a 3DS. The complaint back then was the lack of games and that's the one that took the sales of the 3DS down. Ninty brought the price down to take the momentum away from the Vita and clearly it worked because everyone is reacting to the $250 price in a negative light and has forgotten all about E3.
So, let's reiterate. The $250 price point was touted as being an excellent price for the PSVita when it was announced at E3. Why? Because the PSVita was a significant improvement to the PSP in all areas. It is important to remember that fact because the PSP launched at nearly twice the price of the Vita and is definitely NOT as capable a device. Everyone loved that it was so inexpensive for what it could do, and everyone loved that there were so many games going to be available at launch, including some pretty desirable ones. Enter Nintendo and the 3DS. The 3DS is essentially a DSi 2.0. The improvements are marginal at best. It is conceivable that one could argue that it is a re-release of the DSi or a different SKU of it as we've seen consoles do. It released at the same price point as the Vita, offered little by way of improvements, and even less by way of desirable launch games. Paying $250 for what was essentially a re-release was seen as too much, and contrary to what has been seen this gen the people were not stupid when it came to the 3DS. Nintendo had no choice but to lower the price. No one was buying the 3DS because they had a DSi that played the exact same way, only not in 3D. Without the games to entice, their was no reason to buy it. Then fanboy logic kicked in and the doom and gloom articles started popping up. Surely if Nintendo couldn't sell the 3DS at $250, then that price was too expensive and the Vita's capabilities and launch games didn't matter at all. Suddenly the price everyone loved became the price everyone hated because it's "too expensive to bring in the big audience." Nevermind the fact that the Vita is pretty much the most technologically advanced dedicated gaming handheld out on the market today. Nevermind that it has the biggest launch of any Sony consoles to date with the most launch games, many are highly desired (take a look at how Amazon, Target, and Best Buy are sold out of Vita games). No, the $250 price that everyone loved at E3 is just too much. Because of Nintendo. Not because of the actual price, but because of Nintendo not being able to sell their device for that much. And that sounds logical to some of you? That sounds smart to some of these pseudo-journalists thinking that owning a website makes them industry experts? How does a price go from loved by all, to being wrong even before the device was launched? Especially when NOTHING ABOUT THE DEVICE OR GAMES CHANGED? Fanboy logic. It's enough to over-populate mental health hospitals.
LOL This is what I have been trying to say all along. People had this conception that if the 3DS couldn't sell at $250 there is NO WAY in hell the Vita can despite being a more capable device. BUT you will NEVER have people admit this though. We ALL know DEEP down inside that had Nintendo not dropped it's price NOBODY (or hardly anyone) would be crying for a price drop or that the Vita will fail if it doesn't drop the price. The predictions that the Vita can't sell at the $250 price has nothing to do with the Vita itself. It has everything to do with the fact that the 3DS was not able to sell at that price point. For some reason people tend to ignore that the Vita is a more technological handheld...
Just an FYI but here in the UK the cheapest model is actually equivalent of $360 converted. If I could get it for $250 here I'd have bought one on launch. Now people will claim well we in the UK pay extra because electronics tax but PS3s retail for the same price in America yet we pay £190 brand new for them.. either Sony are trying to pull a fast one or good old ripoff Britain strikes again.
Ummmmm..... Didn't we already discuss this in another article. Why was this approved AGAIN? We already went through this. Sony said 'a price cut is not on out radar
Even if they were planning one, they OBVIOUSLY wouldn't admit it. That would hurt their sales, since people would just wait to buy after the price drop--which would also hurt their profit margin. So the answer is no, and even if it was yes, they'll still say no. SO STOP ASKING.
Good. It's the perfect price for it imo.. especially when you consider the amount & quality of the titles coming out for it in the near future. See, I was thinking long-term when I bought the Vita yesterday.. Sony doesn't plan on ditching this handheld like they did with the PSP. They're going to treat it like the PlayStation 3. 5-10 years life cycle, quality titles, software/app support. I can't wait. :)
And yet i'll bet money, you have people complain that "insert handheld" is too expensive but $300 for the latest phone or $600 for an ipad is perfectly reasonable to them. If this above situation applys to you, you need to stopping complaining about either the 3ds's or vita's price point. Why does gaming have a price point double standard, but the phone and tablet/ipad industry does not. The only thing sony should lower the price is those damn memory cards, that or 3rd party cards at alot lower price point. Does the world really need a $400-600 cell phone?
I wasn't going to buy day one until I heard ASDA had a wifi version up for 197 quid. I think if there is a price cut it will be roughly the same. Around £200
seriously, its not even been out a full day yet and you want a price cut
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