PS Vita: Now Selling at Discounted Prices in Japan
Things have not been good for the PlayStation Vita in Japan. Despite all the hype, sales were poor. Because of this Japanese retailers felt that they did not have the choice other than to slash the prices of the next-gen handheld gaming device. The portable even suffered through the holidays, which should have been peak season for buying.
Sony’s new handheld had a decent launch last month with 321,000 units sold in the first two days. Soon things go awry, however. By the second week, only 72,479 units more have been sold. This is pretty poor showing especially when compared to the performance of rival Nintendo’s 3DS. The 3DS has been making good sales since February 2011. It is still doing well today. Sadly, the PS Vita is now being offered at as much as 20 percent discount. This maximum discount can be availed with the more expensive 3G version. The 3G version of the Vita certainly needs all the boost it can get because it is barely getting sold. It is more expensive, after all, and even requires additional $14.99 per 250 MB or $25 per 2 GB every month through an AT & T plan.
This coming February 22, the PS Vita will be launching in the United States along with several game titles intended for the device. GameStop has already posted prices for the handheld and its accessories. The WiFi only version is to be sold at $249.99 and the WiFi with 3G version at $299.99. Each game costs around $39.99. We wonder how the handheld will fare in the West next month.