People have been saying for a long time that the PlayStation Vita is a great piece of kit, with only the fact that it has relatively few ‘must own’ games and its rather high price letting it down. Well, from now on – there is at least one less reason not to buy a Vita, as Sony has officially announced a price cut for both the system itself and the memory cards during their Gamescom presentation.
Both the Wi-Fi only and (rather pointless) 3G Vita models are now available for $199.99, a saving of up to $100 over the previous price. Price cuts have also hit the European markets as well, with the Wi-Fi model now costing €199. This price equates to around £170 in the UK, which was already the price that certain online retailers were selling the Vita for in the UK. Although there is no official price cut for the system in the UK, some retailers are now selling the system for as low as £149.99.
Memory cards have also been reduced across the board, although perhaps not by as much as we had hoped. The new prices are USD $79.99 (32GB), USD $39.99 (16GB), USD $19.99 (8GB), and USD $14.99 (4GB). This means that you can pick up the system plus a large-sized 32GB card for less than the previous RRP of the Vita, or purchase a still decent sized 16GB card and a game for less than that.
“PlayStation Vita’s new price makes it an even more compelling value for gamers looking for the ultimate in portable gaming,” said SCEA’s Guy Longworth, SVP PlayStation Brand Marketing. “With a strong holiday lineup, including the first PS Vita games from critically acclaimed developers Guerrilla Games and Media Molecule, plus integration with the highly anticipated PlayStation 4, now is the perfect time to become a PlayStation Vita owner.”
Of course that only leaves the lack of AAA gaming experiences as something that may hold back new adopters of the Vita, however with Killzone Mercenary, Tearaway and Batman Arkham Origins: Blackgate all on their way soon, even that could change before the holiday season. A few interesting sounding Indie titles have also been announced for the system at Gamescom. So are any of you guys more tempted to pick up a Vita now?