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Sony today confirmed the digital version of PlayStation Vita games will cost a little less than the retail counterparts.
In Japan, digital Vita games already carry a discount in price - nearly $10. But what about other regions? A SCEA representative confirmed to Game Informer the prices would indeed be cheaper in North America, but would not say by how much.
"There will be a discount," Sony said. "Exact details will be revealed in the very near future." A user on NeoGAF published a screenshot of Best Buy's release list that shows download games will be $5 cheaper than retail copies, but that price reduction has not been confirmed by Sony.
PlayStation Vita launches in North America and Europe on February 22.
I was about to say that they already talked about this but I didn't think about the possibility, however small, that the cheaper price of downloaded games might not be outside Japan. Very glad that it's happening. ^_^
Not a big difference to me. I prefer retail copies anyways. Cannot wait to buy this though!
The only way I would consider this is if it had a good price for the memory. It was only conceivable for a couple games on the original psp, that weren't sold in retail. Unless that is the case, I don't see downloadable games taking a big chunk into retail.
I'd rather buy them at the store. It's that feeling of having a physical copy that makes them that much more appealing for collecting.
I still rather have the solid copy. I like to save memory.
I generally prefer physical copies, though for a handheld the convenience of not having to carry discs with you is nice. If I get a Vita the discount might sway me to digital.
I like this idea a lot because it never made sense to me why a game online costs the same or more when your lowering your costs because of lack of shipping and boxing/manuals, etc.
But the whole expensive memory card ordeal might make it harder for me to want to buy games digitally, as much as I like having my games neatly organized on a hard drive.