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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 see this as an excuse to eliminate used game sales. If everyone downloads the games because they think it's cheaper, then no one will have a copy to turn in, meaning no used games. If/when I get a vita I will buy all my games at Gamestop, then I will turn it in, and then buy it again used.
Like people have said before me, this is kind of a nice start. A huge reason games cost $40-$60 is cus of the cost of material needed to produce physical copies, games for the NES were like $90 cus cardridges cost so much to make, and now with disks it's a lot less, and now that digital copies are becoming more the norm, it only makes sense to reduce the price for production costs. Memory sticks are gonna be a *** though.
that's cool. still going to hold off on one. wonder what else they are going to do... maybe something like.. lowering the initial cost?!
It's pretty funny how people are complaining about this. It's a price drop, it's a good thing.
As for digital media, eh. I hate it. However, on portable systems, it's kind of a different subject. Especially since you're downloading the games onto memory cards that are very similar to what the games are shipped on. It's not all that different from physical media. The problem is, the $5 discount doesn't offset the cost of having to buy a card. There aren't any 2GB cards, so you're stuck paying for a 4GB, which will probably give you room for 2 games. That's $20 for the card, and you're only saving $10 across the 2 games, so you're still out $10.
I'll pass. A $5-10 discount on digital games is not a good deal for me, especially with their memory card prices and how much space they would take up on it.
5$ less isn't that big of an incentive. The Vita is going to do very poor here in the US. Sony is an awful mess of a company right now.
I like the idea, but this would fill up the memory stick fast and make you buy a larger one.
I like my physical new copies!
I wont be buying very many downloadable games, because even if they are cheaper...You still have to buy memory cards to store them on and those are not cheap at all!
Eh, still gettin a physical copy for any game i buy.
$5 is hardly enough to drag me away from owning the physical product. Now if they were 33% off or more then we would be talking.
Sounds like something that makes sense, but $5.00 cheaper? Eeh...I guess it would at least give the person the option of disc or download.
This may end of tempting me to download future games (I preordered the 32GB memory stick) but Uncharted: Golden Abyss will be mine in box and disk form.
For $5 I'll stick with getting my physical stuff from Amazon. If you're the patient type, everything ends up on sale there. Heck, they had BF3 and Revelations for $40 by November's end.
So yea, I'll be skipping this. I'll gladly download games that I can't get at retail otherwise, but a $5 difference isn't enough for me to forgo the physical.
A game will be released for the Vita and digitally the same time. You can get the game $5 cheaper on the Vita. Most people who like to buy their games at launch will probably take advantage of that discount. It is the same price you would pay for a used copy of the game anyway. However, in about one months time, the game will be discounted at many stores. And in 3 to 4 months time, you will be able to get it significantly cheaper at a retail store, so the $5 discount for the digital version will already be more expensive than the retail version in a few short months. If Sony continues to drop the price in order to keep pace with the swift price drops retail games see regularly, they may strike gold. However, if they continue to be stubborn and demand we pay near full price for digital games that are 1-5 years old, like Microsoft does with their Games on Demand service (which regularly asks you to pay $10 to $30 more for a digital game than you would pay for the real thing at retail), then they will continue to loose money to the used market.