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PS Vita Gets Massive Price Drop in the U.S.

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 35 comments

If you were waiting to buy one, now is the time.

It's been a little over a year since the PS Vita launches, so chances are, if you were dying for one, you already own one. However, if you haven't yet bought one and have been mulling over the purchase, you'd do well to check out your local Sony store to see whether or not it has slashed the price on the handheld gaming console.

 

According to Joystiq, the majority of Sony stores across the United States have cut the price of the 3G PS Vita by $100. The 3G bundle, which sold for $299 before, is now going for $199.97. It includes an 8GB memory card and a voucher for a free PSN game provided you sign up for data.

Here's where it gets interesting though. Joystiq says that while the majority of locations they called had the price drop in play, some stores has no idea about it and two stores told the site that the 3G model was being discontinued. Sony hasn't yet commented on the price drop, nor has it announced the discontinuation of the 3G variation of its portable gaming console. Additionally, this deal will only appeal to those that had intended to buy the 3G version and sign up for data as well.

We'll keep you posted on any word from Sony as well as any price drops on the WiFi model.

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    thermopyle , March 12, 2013 11:15 AM
    madjimmsI've never understood the point of such powerful (kinda) hardware stuck in a TINY screen. Maybe I'm just used to the first Gameboy & GameGear. :-(

    I'm not sure what you were getting at with this comment. Are you trying to argue that portable gaming is pointless? The Vita has the largest screen of the portable gaming systems out nowadays and the power to drive heavy-duty games. It's definitely handicapped by the lack of original titles, but the hardware itself is quite solid.
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    madjimms , March 12, 2013 11:04 AM
    I've never understood the point of such powerful (kinda) hardware stuck in a TINY screen. Maybe I'm just used to the first Gameboy & GameGear. :-(
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    koss64 , March 12, 2013 11:14 AM
    Dont blame you havent used a handheld since then,not really drawn to them anymore. If I had to choose one id choose the 3ds as its the cheaper one and it has alot more games im interested in (Kid Icarus springs to mind)
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    thermopyle , March 12, 2013 11:15 AM
    madjimmsI've never understood the point of such powerful (kinda) hardware stuck in a TINY screen. Maybe I'm just used to the first Gameboy & GameGear. :-(

    I'm not sure what you were getting at with this comment. Are you trying to argue that portable gaming is pointless? The Vita has the largest screen of the portable gaming systems out nowadays and the power to drive heavy-duty games. It's definitely handicapped by the lack of original titles, but the hardware itself is quite solid.
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    spat55 , March 12, 2013 11:15 AM
    When it gets a drop in the UK to about £150 or less and I'm going on holiday I might just get one, then use some emulators on a cheap PSP :) 
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    Lefturn , March 12, 2013 11:24 AM
    The headline is bit misleading here. The price drop is only for the 3G Vita - not the wifi version.
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    bustapr , March 12, 2013 11:36 AM
    Ive been interested in getting a vita before, but now Im not all that excited. when they release more than a few good original games on it, then I may just buy it. or if I decide to get a ps4 which has a damn good integration with the vita.
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    thomasf94 , March 12, 2013 11:59 AM
    This is pretty awesome! I just got a 3ds tho..
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    g00fysmiley , March 12, 2013 11:59 AM
    release sony drivers for all android devices, make money sellign the old ps1 and ps 2 titles to fans again, profit... stop with the prioritary hardware sony ~from a would be customer
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    InvalidError , March 12, 2013 12:01 PM
    thermopyleThe Vita has the largest screen of the portable gaming systems out nowadays

    It may have the largest screen among portable consoles but the ~$200 price point is getting flooded with 6-8" tablets that kind of redefine the display size people expect to see at that price point.

    Personally, gaming even on a 7" screen for stuff much beyond Cut-the-Rope, Fruit Ninja and Bad Piggies is not particularly enjoyable.
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    noblerabbit , March 12, 2013 12:07 PM
    I bought one last black Friday, with ACIII bundle, but all I did since aquiring it, was "read" about upcoming games, and have yet to see any of them ever materialize. I wish They could just release Zelda and Mario on this. All I ever did was update its firmware 6 times, and played some lemmings on it, thank god that was free!. It's handy for wireless photo transfer, and the occasional Skype. Smartphones do this, but I am not wanting to sign on a phone plan that I'll never ever use.
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    Freiheit , March 12, 2013 12:17 PM
    In my retail experience, the 97 cents on the price often does signify either a closeout or discontinued product where stock will not be replenished, so that's possible.
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    samwelaye , March 12, 2013 12:28 PM
    InvalidErrorIt may have the largest screen among portable consoles but the ~$200 price point is getting flooded with 6-8" tablets that kind of redefine the display size people expect to see at that price point.Personally, gaming even on a 7" screen for stuff much beyond Cut-the-Rope, Fruit Ninja and Bad Piggies is not particularly enjoyable.


    Thats the games youre playing, not the screen size.
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    thermopyle , March 12, 2013 12:28 PM
    InvalidErrorIt may have the largest screen among portable consoles but the ~$200 price point is getting flooded with 6-8" tablets that kind of redefine the display size people expect to see at that price point.Personally, gaming even on a 7" screen for stuff much beyond Cut-the-Rope, Fruit Ninja and Bad Piggies is not particularly enjoyable.

    I did say portable gaming systems meaning consoles specifically; no matter how much I try, I can't get into the majority of games that use touch-screen controls primarily. There's just not enough control to enjoy them. Emulators, fighting games, etc., that are designed with the touchscreen version of direction controls and buttons just leave too much of the screen real estate covered by fingers and become worthless to play on. Alternatively, the screen is too big (for tablets instead of phones) to be comfortable playing games in that manner for long.

    The Vita is very comfortable to hold and to play for hours at a time. It's also powerful enough to handle any portable game out there, and the screen is fantastic. Unfortunately it's mostly crippled by lack of support from Sony (overpriced memory sticks and games, lack of original titles, and lack of compatible games on PSN that there's no reason to be missing, such as Final Fantasy, games available in other regions, etc.) and a transition to casual gaming (phones).
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    internetlad , March 12, 2013 12:36 PM
    I'm still waiting for a handheld that you can hook up to a TV via a MicroHDMI and use as a controller when you're at home. Sometimes I just wanna play some Pokeymans on the big screen.
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    halcyon , March 12, 2013 12:40 PM
    I've tried to stay young at heart and into this stuff but I just can't get into serious portable gaming like this widget allows anymore. Really loved the Metroid on the gameboy back in '92. Getting old sucks, but it does beat the alternatives.
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    thermopyle , March 12, 2013 12:46 PM
    Halcyon: I don't play very seriously either. I take my Vita to work for lunch break on occasion, and play with it when watching TV with the girlfriend as most shows/movies don't require enough attention to keep me mentally occupied without some form of additional distraction.
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    hixbot , March 12, 2013 1:17 PM
    I was almost excited when I read the thread title. Then I see the price cut is only for the 3g model.
    Who's going to pay for 3G anyways?
    Let me know when if the Wifi model drops in price.
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    Vladislaus , March 12, 2013 2:08 PM
    InvalidErrorIt may have the largest screen among portable consoles but the ~$200 price point is getting flooded with 6-8" tablets that kind of redefine the display size people expect to see at that price point.Personally, gaming even on a 7" screen for stuff much beyond Cut-the-Rope, Fruit Ninja and Bad Piggies is not particularly enjoyable.

    A tablet is not a portable gaming system, and never will be. Not to mention that the hardware on the PS Vita is still more powerful than most if not all $200 tablets. Also, most 200$ tablets don't have 3G.
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    shikamaru31789 , March 12, 2013 2:13 PM
    I knew there'd be a price drop coming once they announced remote play with the PS4. There are a few Vita games I want so I might get one to go with my PS4 if they ever lower the price of the Wifi model.
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    dextermat , March 12, 2013 3:09 PM
    I got a psp 3000 few years ago, put a custom firmware on and got a few iso.... I found that most games that existed on pc or playstation where way more interesting than on the ps. Only because they cut off some content out of it. As an example: the godfather. The psp version is way too short.

    It was only 120 $ case and football game included. Still think it wasn't worth it.
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