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Sony: No Vita Price Cut This Year

Jonathan Lester
Bundle, Gamescom 2012, PS Vita, Sony

Sony: No Vita Price Cut This Year

'More Affordable' Bundles & Cost Reduction In The Works

Sony has revealed more of their PS Vita strategy over the last couple of days, suggesting that a range of 'affordable' console and game bundles should help to boost sales this Christmas. However, they also squashed any hopes for a price cut for the expensive handheld this side of 2013, suggesting that their engineers will need time to drive costs down.

"No, it's too early," SCE Worldwide boss Shuhei Yoshida told Eurogamer when asked whether to expect a Vita price cut this year. "People like cheap or free," he said. "Of course, cost reduction is one area our engineering team is working on. But we just launched the platform earlier this year. It takes time to do so."

On top of increasing software support with games like Tearaway, Assassin's Creed Liberation, Killzone Mercenary and other newly-announced titles, Sony also plans to entice new players onto the platform with some 'affordable' bundles over the Christmas period. UK chief Fergal Gara explained the situation to GI.biz.

"There are millions of people we're sure will enjoy playing PS Vita games. Our job now is to decipher what's preventing these people from making the jump. Our priority right now is definitely to bring more content."

"And for the people who are hoping that the PS Vita becomes more affordable, we are creating new bundles and adding new value to the package. We're hoping that this Christmas more people will jump over to the Vita."

Black Ops Declassified, LittleBigPlanet and Assassin's Creed Liberation bundles have already been confirmed. We still don't know exactly how well the Vita is selling, but since Sony are keen to disguise their figures and admit that they're having a "difficult time" securing third party publishers, we reckon that shifting a few more units couldn't hurt.

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Shadowmancer88  Aug. 16, 2012 at 14:34

There needs to be a price drop on memory cards at the very least £40 for 16GB and £80 for 32GB is pretty laughable when you compare it to SD card prices. Also we could do with bigger cards too my launch day 16GB is pretty full and that doesn't even have all of my games on it, 64GB or 128GB would be nice for the future.

Last edited by Shadowmancer88, Aug. 16, 2012 at 14:34
virusfree  Aug. 16, 2012 at 16:14

No games this year either... ;)

Honestly. Final Fantasy X is the only game I'm interested in. It's a great piece of kit, But my 3DS XL is making me a very happy dude. I don't give a toss about the borefests most "gamers" play, But I know I'm in heaven with a kingdom hearts sequel, epic mickey power of illusion (sequel to castle of illusion within the epic mickey franchise), paper mario and whatever else surprises me before christmas. I couldn't ask for any more games for 3DS this year.

I will buy vita when I can get one cheap enough from cash generator. Sony's cross game thing really reached out to me the other day. And that new sly cooper game WILL BE MINE.

I know someone'll slander my comment, but I don't give a toss for call of duty, or assassins creed, or whatever else the vita has coming. Those "big boy" games could be completed by harvey price the night he broke into mummys liquor cabinet.

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