PS Vita price drop confirmed for Japan

UPDATE: Regarding the possibility of a similar price cut being introduced outside of Japan, Sony Computer Entertainment UK said this morning: "The price cut announced today is for the SCE Japan region only and we have nothing to announce at this time regarding pricing within the our own region." The original story follows:

During tonight’s surprise live stream, Sony announced that it would be dropping the Japanese price for the PlayStation Vita on February 28. Both the WiFi and 3G Vita models will retail for 19,980 yen, which translates to about $215 USD (or, realistically, a $200 price point). Sony also revealed a slew of promotions to sweeten the deal even further, including a free week of PlayStation Plus for anyone to buy a system in the weeks following the price drop, a few new bundles including upcoming games, and other promotions aimed to get PS Vita into more homes. Oh! And a sexy new Ice Silver system, which looks like the regular Vita, except it's silver. And sexy.

What does this mean for gamers outside of Japan? Well, we don't know officially, but it's safe to say that this price drop will make its way to the US and UK soon. Odds are Sony will reveal something during its upcoming "Future of PlayStation" event, scheduled for this upcoming Wednesday. Stay tuned for more information as it develops, and be sure to check back on the 20th to see exactly what this upcoming event is about.


  • DVTClark - February 18, 2013 4:20 p.m.

    still waiting for everything about vita to price drop, not just the system, but all the other accessories as well. I can wait.
  • Tjwoods18 - February 18, 2013 2:30 p.m.

    I always said that it is not price problem, its a software problem. Out of all the Vita games thus far, the only memorable ones were AC: Liberation and Gravity Rush. The rest were just plain crappy.
  • shawksta - February 18, 2013 11:43 a.m.

    Better hope so. Weird how they only announce it for Japan in the first place, the others didnt agree to it? Either way, good.
  • TheDudeFromNowhere - February 18, 2013 11:19 a.m.

    Price cut + Great Exclusive(s) = Buy. Until then, I will be playing Fire Emblem Awakening and Dream Drop Distance with my newly bought 3DS XL.
  • Dante1924 - February 18, 2013 4:23 a.m.

    So, now it's approximately $300, when you consider the memory cards as well. But you'll want a game, so ring that up to $350. Still too expensive, you could get the deluxe Wii U for that price!
  • SirNinja - February 18, 2013 12:48 a.m.

    Never mind the system itself - are we ever going to get a price drop on those memory cards?! $100 for a 32GB stick (and $60 for 16GB) is absolutely outrageous. They need to be at LEAST half that price. I hope some more games are in the pipeline, most of all. Persona 4 Golden has staved off the boredom for about 150+ hours, but that platinum trophy's not too far away...
  • BladedFalcon - February 18, 2013 12:44 a.m.

    It WOULD be pretty stupid to not slice the price over here and only over there... That being said, a price cut alone isn't enough for me to be even remotely in the Vita anymore. They want my attention, they better announce games that I wouldn't be able to play anywhere else, they need exclusives, stat. And no, Killzone: Mercenaries And Soul Sacrifice aren't nearly enough.

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