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

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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  • madjimms
    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
    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
    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
    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
    The headline is bit misleading here. The price drop is only for the 3G Vita - not the wifi version.
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  • bustapr
    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
    This is pretty awesome! I just got a 3ds tho..
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  • g00fysmiley
    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
    thermopyleThe Vita has the largest screen of the portable gaming systems out nowadaysIt 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
    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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