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Research firm Strategy Analytics thinks that the new PlayStation Vita can sell 12.4 million units in 2012. But only if the price tag is cut.
"Sony now is experiencing the same story in Japan [as Nintendo]," says analyst Jia Wu. "Sales of the Wi-Fi version of PlayStation Vita at $249 initially exploded, selling more than 300,000 units in the first week of release. But the new console is barely moving 20,000 units per week in its home market after all the hardcore fans made their purchases, mirroring the experience of the Nintendo 3DS." Therefore, Wu suggests that Sony should further follow in Nintendo's footsteps and cut the price of the Vita to spur sales. Nintendo did that in 2011 for the 3DS, and it's already reaping the rewards.
Regardless, Wu notes that the Vita should do well for Sony, expecting it to bring in $2 billion in hardware and software sales in 2012. In particular, he thinks the unit has the potential to make a lot of money through its PlayStation Store.
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it is inevitable and will happen...im waiting
Yeah I'll buy it if the wifi drops to $200, then get some discounts on the memory cards as I need the 32 gig, and $100 is just too much. Half the cost of the memory cards Sony, they are absolutely ridiculous how overpriced they are.
Saw the Vita for the first time in action today.....guy at working was playing Uncharted on it....price is just so high....there are already rumors that Sony will cut the price by the end of the year...my guess being the holiday season...if they cut the price.....I will have a hard time deciding on either a Wii U or a Vita.
Why would Sony follow Nintendo's footsteps, when they hate Nintendo.
I managed to get my wi-fo model for 242GBP, this included 8gb card and uncharted, considering uncharted costs 45gbp and the card is almost 30, i think i got mine at a steal, about 170 and I am happy with that Uncharted is phenomenal
It'd be good with me. I want one but I'm not very wealthy.
I might not have the money to get one, but I think the Vita's price is fair. Nintendo really messed up with their original 3DS price and they had to cut it early. (I know Sony's PS3 price was awful too so move on fanboys.) Because of this, people will demand an early price cut on all handheld/consoles from now on. My advice is to either wait it out or sell a kidney. :P
Lower the price on the memory cards. They're charging early 2000's prices for memory that costs 1/5 the price they're charging for.
I think calls for price cuts the day after a N.American release is ridiculous. I realize that $250-300 bucks is a lot of money but buying new hardware is always an investment and this system is built to last in terms of tech and innovation.
Personally I find it to be one of the best multimedia devices out there (kicks my Xperia Play in the a$$), comes loaded with features and like its bigger cousin the PS3, it has loads of untapped potential.
On the gaming front it is unmatched visually and functionally. While most of the launch lineup lacked uniqueness it was full of solid titles. Not to mention over 200 PSP downloadable titles that are compatable. Once Devs get a chance to figure out the best ways to get the most of all the control features you will see some pretty amazing games built for the Vita.
I agree the memory cards are too expensive and a couple of GB of internal memory would have been the right thing for Sony to provide. But memory is expensive and overpriced across most mediums. I was not able to find 32GB memory devices (SD, Mico SD, Pro Sticks) that were much less than the $100 price tag that Sony asks for. Obviously after market stuff will eventually emerge and hopefully offer some reprive.
But the system's content manager allows you to easily tranfer digital games onto your PS3's hardrive for safe keeping. It is pretty intuitive and should keep the need for a lot of memory low unless you are the type that needs access to all your titles anytime, anywhere.
I paid for the 3G version (just in case) and unlike the PSP this system has everything I could want in a handheld. I think it is worth every penny and know that in 6 years my Vita will still be going strong.
Aside from waiting for a few more games to be announced/released for the system, this maybe my only other factor holding me back from buying a Vita. So if this happens soon, count me in on buying one!
i wont buy a handheld for any more than £150, and that's only if it's good and has good games.
Drop the price and give me a game worth playing, then I'll buy one.
I agree, but I think it's a little too soon. Maybe early or mid summer time.
Have to wait and see what happens with this,still on the fence!
I think a price cut is a good idea, I would definitely consider getting one if it dropped to $200 or so. Even better, they could include a 16 or 32gb card with the system, because the lack of a memory card is what bothers me most about buying the system right now.
I don't think the PlayStation Vita is that expensive but if Sony did do a price cut on the PlayStation Vita it would attract more customers.