RUMOR: PS4 and Vita May Be Getting a Price Cut

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

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A recent retail loyalty site has offered an opportunity to video game retailers to win free PlayStation 4 and PS Vita systems, among other things. What makes this so interesting? Well, the thing is the listings for the ARV (Average Retail Value) of the Vita and PS4 are lower than usual:

Sony Price Drops | oprainfallCurrently the ARV for the PS4 is $399 and the price for the Vita is $199. However, as you see in the picture for the rules above, the PS4 is listed as being $349 (a $50 price drop) and the Vita at $89 ($110 cheaper!). While a price drop for the PS4 of that capacity seems likely — if not inevitable — the magnitude of the Vita drop seems a bit harder to swallow, unless there is going to be an updated model or if Sony intends to discontinue the Vita altogether. Only time will tell, but the price drop would certainly open up new buyers to the console.

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  • Lord Ackercocke

    I already own both but the bigger the installed base the better.

  • Nameless App 1989

    Make the PS4 $300, and then, I’ll consider it.

    • madmofo145

      If the price drops to $350, $300 sales will be inevitable. Getting the TLOU PS4 bundle for 350 is pretty easy right now, so if this happens at E3 you an expect some good $300 bundles by Christmas.

  • A vita for $89? That is insane! I bought mine on release for $250… It’s beginning to show signs of it dying, so I might get a new one if this new price is true. I am concerned though, since that would make the PSTV more expensive than the Vita, which I think is something Sony has been trying to avoid. With all the temporary price cuts putting the PSTV at $50 or less, I dunno how much I believe this…

  • Tara

    To be honest, just bought my Vita a couple months ago for $170. I feel it was worth that price, to be honest. However, here’s the entire issue… they likely will NOT lower the price of the memory cards, which is honestly the entire problem.

    It’s a great system, and I’d love more people to get it, that can only mean good things. (Like more games!) But… at this point, they’ve waited too long. If they did drop the price to $89, it wouldn’t be all that different from saying “we’re giving up”, because to be honest, the PSP was $129 right up until the end, wasn’t it?

  • CaliGamer

    I’ll probably wait until it hits $350 to get one or possibly during Black Friday / Christmas sales. But the TLoU bundle from GameStop comes with 1 year of PS Plus, makes it hard to resist!