Sony engineers working on PS Vita "cost reduction" for post-2012 price cut

Sony engineers are working to reduce the cost of manufacturing the PS Vita so it can cut the price of the handheld - but that price cut won't happen this year.

Sony's fledgling portable has endured torrid sales since its launch last year in Japan and early this year in Europe, sparking calls for the Japanese company to slash its price.

But Sony Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida told Eurogamer at Gamescom this week that the price of Vita will not drop this year. Instead, it hopes prospective buyers will find new bundles, such as the LittleBigPlanet Vita bundle announced during Sony's Gamescom press conference earlier this week, good enough value to convince them to take the plunge.

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units2280d ago

No mention about the memory cards disappearing from the bundles?

Awesome_Gamer2279d ago

Stop trolling..
*looks at his username*
ah, nevermind.

Jdoki2280d ago

This is good news. Think by 2013 there will be more than enough games to tempt me to buy.

I wonder if the re-engineering is only to push down costs, or if it'll also bring improvements (i.e. better battery life from reducing the chip die size or something like that).

Capt-FuzzyPants2280d ago

I think the primary reason is to cut prices, but if they can find a way to make it better than I'm sure they'll make improvements if it's cost effecient.

josephps32280d ago (Edited 2280d ago )

Just like the PS3 launch and PSP launch. I'll just wait till Vita version 2 with all the improvements and price drops and when there is a decent number of AAA titles. Maybe end of 2013.

There is absolutely no reason to buy it now. What for? To play maybe 2 great titles and that's it. I'm not going to fork over $300 (with memory card) to play PS1 titles, Android like mini games, and Hot Shot Golf or Ninja Gaiden. Really Sony? Really? Should I get a second job because the Vita is such an amazing technological device?

jukins2280d ago

or surf the web or use netflix, facebook, youtube and so forth.

cpayne932280d ago

You just said a couple of minutes ago in another article that the Vita is dead and you're never buying one.

Sithlord-Gamble2280d ago (Edited 2280d ago )

Its still a good deal tho. Basically, youre paying around $200 (give or take) for the wifi vita, which is what i see most people saying they would buy at.

If the 3ds is selling for $170, then the Vita is DEFINITELY worth $200.

Bundles used to be a thing of the past. Remember when a game came with every video game system?

I think its smart of Sony to push bundles. Now they just need to include the memory card and it would fly off shelves for xmas.

And on side note... heres to hoping that Sony noticed gearboxes offer to allow Borderlands on the Vita and are in negotiations to make it happen.

one2thr2280d ago

Borderlands 2 on the vita that use's most of its system resources in a logical, and efficient manner would be freckin awesome... I do remember Gearbox saying they wanted BL 2 on the vita, but the wanted some other developers to do seeing that their hands are full... Heres hoping its any other developers except Nilhilistic...

Sithlord-Gamble2280d ago

I think they just made a generalized statement, wanted a borderlands game on the vita. They didnt specifically say the sequel i dont think.

Either way, id be perfectly happy with the first borderlands or a new ip or borderlands 2. Just bring us the damn game Sony!

m-s-8-22280d ago

Add in tv out and I'll buy one in a heartbeat. Portable gaming is all well and gpod, but when I'm out and about there is very little opportunity for me to actually play any type of game. When I'm at home there is no chance of me wanting to stare at a tiny ass screen when I have a 47 inch tv available.

telekineticmantis2280d ago

Some of the games, I would need to experience on a TV when at home.

DA_SHREDDER2280d ago

HDMI out? You can use it as a touch screen controller on the ps3 soon.

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