Submitted by ssb3173 1264d ago | opinion piece

It's Too Soon for a PlayStation Vita Price Cut

Sony is in a less-than-desirable position right now, as outlined in a recent New York Times piece. Vita not exploding out of the gate is relatively low on the list of problems for the company, which hasn't turned a profit in years. But with new president and CEO Kaz Hirai recently pronouncing gaming as one of the pillars upon which Sony will turn things around, bigger things have to be expected from Vita. A middling success (if it can be called that) is not enough. (PS Vita)

Akuma-  +   1264d ago
The vita doesn't need a price drop. It's well worth the price it cost now. The vita is selling fine now and sales will pick up as new quality games are released throughout the year
sknygy  +   1264d ago
I don't think it need's a price cut, but it needs some games to make the purchase worthwhile. If I bought one today I honestly couldn't name a game except Uncharted and Army Corps from Hell (Pikmin/LKS fan!) that I would want.
Sales in Japan are concerning, this past week they dropped to their lowest at 8k, 3DS never went that low!
gaffyh  +   1264d ago
Army corps of hell sucks tbh, best games available are the download-only titles and Rayman, Uncharted and wipeout
Lucretia  +   1264d ago
what does it matter the 3ds's sales werent that low. that only happened because of the price drop. there were no games on that console until like 2 months ago, basically a year later.

the vita isnt even half a year old
KongRudi  +   1263d ago
Don't listen to gaffyh.
Army Corps of Hell is awesome, I don't know how it stack up to Pikmin tough, since I've never played that, but I'm at more than 10 hours of ACoH, and isn't even half done.
I were abit worried when I saw the trailer and imagined playing with the hardrock-music, all the time, but Vita has this nice custom music ability. :)
gaffyh  +   1261d ago
@KongRudi - Trust me, it's nowhere near as good as Pikmin, and no where near as big as Overlord. It is a very basic game.
Unexpecta  +   1264d ago
Agree to the maximum.

If Vita needs anything, it's love. Because a lot of people are missing out on the satisfaction of owning one.
ProjectSiK  +   1264d ago
I own one. Although I see the potential, I've yet to be satisfied and I own about 5 games for it. I'm not losing hope though because it took many months for me to truly love and enjoy my 3DS. The Vita's time will come too.
Pixel_Enemy  +   1264d ago
Yeah the price is fine it is the amount of games that is the issue. Once we get Gravity Rush, Resistance, Killzone and a COD this thing will sell like crazy. I am patiently waiting for more games to play on mine. I can't wait for E3 because I know it will be all about the vita.
Bimkoblerutso  +   1264d ago
It doesn't really matter if the price is worth it or not. I don't think anyone is accusing the price of being unreasonable for what you get. It's just a lot of money to shell out for a handheld gaming device.

It's a premium price tag in a relatively weak market right now.
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ProjectSiK  +   1263d ago
Are you referring to the video game market? Because that is flourishing, currently surpassing movies as the number 1 form of entertainment. I'd hardly say that's weak.

If you meant to say in a weak economy, than I agree.
Bimkoblerutso  +   1263d ago
^Well, the economy AND the video game market:


In general, just about everything is hurting right now.
DigitalAnalog  +   1264d ago
The lack of "hard" hitting games..
So far only Uncharted: GA is doing all the work in western territories. Wip3out does follow a strong suit but we need to get games like Gravity Rush and other unique quality titles to push the system further.

A price-cut would kill the Vita as SONY is barely making a profit with the current price. Blame Nintendo for over-pricing it's hardware from the start creating a false sense of "value" when the price-cut merely cut the bonus of what the system is worth. This is not the same case for the Vita.

That and the mandatory use of the memory-sticks will turn off some potential customers.
a_bro  +   1264d ago
no need for a price cut. i think the perfect time to do it would be in the fall/winter of this year though.

it just needs games right now.

the biggest problem that i think most would agree though is the cost of those memory cards, they're just a bit too expensive.
Yangus  +   1264d ago
Need many AAA games.....and maybe!!little price cut.
metsgaming  +   1264d ago
Absolutely no point in cutting the price any time soon. If they did they would
A - lose money
B - still wont catch nintendo (for the people who care all about sales)
c - cant keep up with a price war with nintendo because the vita costs more

make the price way below cost is done to become a loss leader they cant do that in this case they would just have a loss, no way they could catch a year ahead 3ds that is way cheaper to make.
metsgaming  +   1264d ago
the only things that need a price cut are the games, 2 months after release and the games are still at full price wth!?!?! Other than an occasional b2g1 deal they are at launch price for the most part
Aclay  +   1264d ago
As far as game pricing, it seems to be pretty common for the price of games to stay at or near the full price point early in the lifecycle of a new piece of console hardware.

Just an example: The price of games nowadays on 360/PS3 tend to drop really quick and it's not uncommon for a game that came out a month prior to be on sale for $20 bucks cheaper. But early in the PS3/360's lifecycle game prices didn't drop anywhere near as fast as they do now.
metsgaming  +   1263d ago
ugh i suspected this to be the only explanation, since there are slim pickings (even though its quite large for a launch)they stay high because you have to buy something. I can wait another month though.
Aclay  +   1263d ago
Yep, exactly. When there's not much software to choose from near launch and there's not as much competition, software prices aren't going to deter far from the launch prices for a while.
SandWitch  +   1264d ago
It's not too soon, unless PlayStation department don't want to bankrupt.
NastyLeftHook0  +   1264d ago
if i was always on the go 250 bucks for this thing is a good deal.
Rampaged Death  +   1264d ago
Sony need to announce one at E3.
Farsendor1  +   1264d ago
i would have bought one then i seen the price of the memory cards.
retro  +   1264d ago
let's first kill the platform off and then price cut?

yes? no?

PS Vita's price is OK, all it needs is a bundle with 8GB memory card + game for 250 bucks.
claterz  +   1264d ago
I think the price is ok for what you're getting. I've had mine since launch and don't regret spending the amount of money that I did.

If the VITA needs anything it's games that are reasonably priced. No one is going to buy a VITA and then want to spend £40 per game. If it had more games priced around £5 like Motorstorm RC then I think more people would be interested in buying it.

Also I wish the VITA had a rumble feature. I don't know why portable consoles never have this feature :(

Also it needs a Youtube app as soon as possible.
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murkster-dubez  +   1263d ago
retail 3DS games cost the same as Vita games.
claterz  +   1263d ago
I don't mind spending £40 on a really good VITA game like Uncharted. But I would like to see games that are at a lower price point as well. If the VITA supported more games like M:RC then more people would buy it.
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chasegarcia  +   1263d ago
if anything is waiting for a price cut check amazon warehouse deals.
Magic_Spatula  +   1263d ago
Vita doesn't need a price cut. It's the dang memory cards that need it. Friggin expensive imo.
ElementX  +   1263d ago
It needs original games that aren't spinoffs and sequels to the series on PS3.
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h311rais3r  +   1263d ago
It needs games. I haven't touched mine in weeks. There are very few good games but they are all ps3 spinoffs...
dcbronco  +   1263d ago
I find it odd that lack of games is being used as the reason for the Vita not selling. Before launch the number of launch titles was supposed to be one of the selling points. It was touted as one of the best launch line ups ever.
KongRudi  +   1263d ago
The library is pretty sweet, I have bought: - Uncharted, Army Corpse of Hell, Hot Shots Golf, Reality Fighters, Virtua Tennis, Motorstorm:RC, and Mutant blob.
All is pretty awesome, 90%-80%+ games, if I were to give a review-score.

Except for Reality Fighters wich I didn't find as fun, and thus didn't get much playtime.

I also bought Hoard for the PSP, planning to buy God Eater Burst next.. :P

I'm also wanting most of the big upcoming games like Resistance, Silent Hill and Gravity Rush, MGS:Coll, and maybe Y's wich all is coming the next few months.

Also some interesting launch-games like Lumines, Fifa, and that gameloft hack'n slash, and maybe Rayman - but not buying at current price, especially when I have as many games, and hundreds of PSP-games to choose from.

To me personally, it has been by far the best launch I've seen, and are very happy with my buy. :)
People who complain about to few games are crazy.

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