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Sony Confirm Vita Download Codes To Cost Less Than Boxed Games

Matt Gardner
Digital downloads, Memory Cards, Playstation Vita, PS Vita, PSN, Sony

Sony Confirm Vita Download Codes To Cost Less Than Boxed Games

Sony have confirmed that download codes and digitally distributed titles will cost less than boxed retail games for the Playstation Vita, although there's no exact indication of prices and differences quite yet. It had been rumoured that discounts could be as high as 40% for digital versions of games, but it's looking like it might be a bit smaller than that.

Issuing a statement to Shacknews, a spokesperson for the company said that "I can confirm that there will be a discount on the downloadable PS Vita titles from PSN. Exact details have not yet been revealed, but be on the lookout for an announcement in the very near future."

Reports suggest that a discount of around 10% will be the standard difference which means that the online titles will technically cost less individually, but fails to take into account the astonishingly high reported asking prices for the Vita's memory cards.

Sony have rendered the Vita incompatible with third-party memory cards, which is a shame because it seems Sony are looking to charge two or three times the price of standard storage when it comes to their new handheld.

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gunnx  Feb. 1, 2012 at 14:10

I think that is fine but I'm guessing that unlike stores the digital price will stay fixed and only reduce for sales, if however the digital price was to always compete with the high street prices I'd be amazed

englishpunk  Feb. 1, 2012 at 16:00

Further to what gunnx has said above, the current trend for digital game delivery over PSN is that they're RRP or ocassionally less, but seeing as RRP for some games is supposedly £49.99 now, 10% means very little. I rarely pay more than £30 on delivery for day of release on said titles, over time, generally a lot less.

Steam also suffers in this regard, over time they tend to have sales and drop prices, but day of release i've always saved money buying the physical copy. Digital delivery of music even suffers in this way, i still buy far more CD albums than digital ones, even just based on cost alone.

I don't think any percentage will make a difference, it's more about keeping the digital purchases competitive with other delivery messages, and maybe the extortionate price of the Vita memory cards will help Sony with this.


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