3G PlayStation Vita Prices Are Falling

Something funny's going on with Sony's PlayStation Vita handheld.

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Something funny’s going on with Sony’s PlayStation Vita handheld.

As Joystiq reports, several Sony stores around the United States are selling the 3G Vita for $200, which is $50 less than the Wi-Fi-only model. Some other stores told Joystiq that Sony is discontinuing the 3G model altogether.

Meanwhile, Sony’s online store has dropped the price of the 3G PS Vita down to $250 — same as its Wi-Fi counterpart. That 3G bundle also comes with an 8 GB memory card and a free PSN game.

It gets weirder. If you go to GameStop’s PS Vita landing page right now, the retailer only lists refurbished units and a $300 bundle of games and hardware. If you want to buy a new, standalone Vita from GameStop, you can’t; the full list of Vita hardware on GameStop’s website shows that all models are out of stock, both Wi-Fi and 3G, with the exception of that $300 bundle. Best Buy is still selling the 3G Vita for $300, but only for in-store pickups.

I’ve reached out to Sony to find out what’s going on, and will update if I get a response. (Update: “The reduction in price is the result of a limited time sales promotion through retail,” says Sony.)

In the meantime, consider that Sony recently dropped the price of the PS Vita in Japan — a move that reportedly quadrupled sales. It’s not crazy to think that a U.S. price cut for the PS Vita is imminent, despite the insistence to the contrary by Sony Worldwide Studios head Shuhei Yoshida.

The other possibility is that Sony is preparing a 4G LTE version of the Vita, which would of course greatly improve data speeds on the handheld. But the only evidence I can find on that front is one pretty sketchy rumor.

As my colleague Matt Peckham wrote back in August, the Vita’s $250-and-up price tag is just too high compared to what people expect for a handheld, and sales have been predictably slow. This creates a vicious cycle where software makers become afraid to invest in the platform, as Gamasutra has pointed out. It’s possible that “remote play” features on the PlayStation 4 will spark interest, but that won’t happen until at least the end of the year. A Vita price cut, however painful for Sony in the short term, would at least help get the handheld on track, just as it did for Nintendo’s 3DS in 2011.

For now, $200 seems like a good deal for the Vita — 3G or otherwise — if only for the included 8 GB memory card that usually sells for $30 on its own. If you actually have a Sony Store in your area and have been considering a Vita, it could be worth investigating. Otherwise I’d hang tight and see if any official price cuts or new bundles are on the way.

5 comments
coregamer
coregamer

Come on it's your job to watch this kind of stuff in the news and you're getting beat by a 20 year old kid. lol.

coregamer
coregamer

There were actually some people that got the 3g model and 2 games from ATAT for $160 when ATAT did their firesale. No contract

http://slickdeals.net/f/5617182-PS-Vita-2-Free-Games-199-No-Data-Plan-Required

Then a few months later ATAT stores also offloaded their 32gb memory cards for $50 a piece.

You could have also found deals on Uncharted for $15 and Gravity Rush for $15 if you had watched the Sony Store. You can currently pick up around 4 other games for $9.99 off the Sony Store.


This means that some smart people paid as low as $280 for a 3g Vita, 32gb memory card and 6 physical games which normally retail around $40 a pop but have since been price cut to around $30 a pop if you get your retail deals which most stores are offering.

coregamer
coregamer

Also ATAT slashed teh price of the 3g model by $100 to get rid of their stock. I have a feeling Sony is discontinuing the 3g model and standardizing the $250 price so that they can price cut the cheaper to produce wifi model to $200. 

The real question is what kind of bundles they are going to entice us with.

coregamer
coregamer

Vita was actually $180 on Black Friday with the Assassin's Creed Bundle.

Japan got a 32gb bundle for $260 and those 32gb cards cost $99 here in the US.

You can be sure we'll be seeing a $200 Vita here in the states. The question is what they will bundle it with. I'm hoping for a deal on the 32gb memory card as memory is the most overpriced part of the system.