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PS Vita: Price Cut Coming 2013 – But Will You Buy One?

PS Vita: Price Cut Coming 2013 – But Will You Buy One?

The blue and red Vitas not having their prices cut, yesterday.

PS Vita’s price will be cut in the UK next year – probably – if words from Sony UK boss Fergal Gara are to be believed. And why wouldn’t they? Why indeed.

Speaking to Eurogamer, the honcho of British operations said these words when asked about a possible Vita price cut:

“We always aim to establish price cuts. So the question is not so much if, but when. We won’t have an across the board price down this Christmas.”

This was followed up with a question which we will include verbatim here, just to avoid any confusion:

“So a price cut will have to wait until next year then?


Note: he is not asked if there will be a price cut – that is not the question being answered. He says a cut ‘would have to wait’ until next year.

Just so you’re aware there’s wiggle room for Sony on that one.

We were almost convinced post-Gamescom that the Vita didn’t actually need a price cut. The things Sony was showing off – cross-play, cross-buy, cross-whatever, the games, the features, the apps – it all added together to make a handheld actually worth getting even at its launch price.

But now a cut has been mentioned… does it mean this strategy doesn’t actually inspire confidence in the Sony ranks? Was a cut on the cards all along, but just wilfully ignored in the swathe of Gamescom announcements? Does it matter?

Would a cut change anything for anyone? Will we all be rushing out to buy a Vita if it goes down in price?

I mean, I probably would, but still.

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  • The Vita is a fantastic handheld for so many reasons. For starters, I can swap between games like Final Fantasy VII, MGS Collection HD, Rayman Origins and Little Big Planet Vita without swapping a disc or even standing up. (Lazy but gloriously convenient).

    More and more crossplay games that allow me to play on PS3 or PSV and only purchase the game once, are a huge incentive. And the continued wealth of PS One and PSP games being added to the store are fantastic.

    And Sony is continuing to add new features. Honestly, I know I am to video games what crack heads are to drugs, but the value is already there. I wasn’t quite as confident when the system launched (waiting on PS One games) and the Vita could still use more quality exclusives, but it’s a technically sound and powerful system.

    For those that are holding out for a price cut, that’s perfectly understandable. But if you’re questioning the value of the system as it stands, it’s totally worth the current price. In my opinion.

  • Jack

    The PS Vita would have to be a quarter of its current price for me to justify buying a console that has so few great, exclusive titles. It seems that almost all of the Vita’s games are either new versions of PS3 games or direct ports of them. While being able to play my PS3 games on the go is an appealing idea, spending £200+ just for the privilege of doing so is not. As long as the Nintendo 3DS remains cheaper and continues to have a broader and more impressive library of games, no price cut will change my mind.