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Post by Dan @ 08:48am 05/08/11 | 12 Comments
When Sony's Next Generation Portable was officially unveiled as the PlayStation Vita at the E3 Expo in June, we more or less expected that Australia wouldn't see the device until some time next year, but now Sony have confirmed that European and North America markets will be left waiting.

The rumour-mill was running full-steam at a probable October release for the device in the USA, as news that the Vita had received FCC approval came in. Managing our expectations however, Sony Executive Vice President Kaz Harai has now confirmed that while the Vita will be ready for Christmas 2011 in Japan, North American and European markets won't be launched until "early 2012".

According to an associated press report, Harai also expressed commitment to the Vita's announcement pricing, despite the recent significant drops of the Nintendo 3DS
"We packed so much into the device and made it very affordable," Hirai told reporters at Sony's Tokyo headquarters. "There is no need to lower the price just because somebody else that happens to be in the video game business decided that they were going to lower their price."
No official price points have still been confirmed for the Australian market, however we've been told to expect them to be equivalent to European pricing. The announcement prices are USD$249, EUR$249, GBP$229 or JPY$24,980 for the Wifi only version and USD$299, EUR$299, GBP$279 or JPY$29,980 for the 3G-enabled model.



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Midda
Posted 10:41am 05/8/11
Definitely going to be importing mine from the US. They've already stated that it's not region locked, correct?
DM
Posted 11:02am 05/8/11
My guess would be around $400 - $450 for aus. maybe more. By all accounts it SHOULD cost us $250 or less because of US conversion rate but we all know that never happens.
Eorl
Posted 11:16am 05/8/11
Going to import from Japan. Apparently it won't be region locked anywhere.
Dan
Posted 11:19am 05/8/11
Not sure what the deal will be with region issues on software in general, but I'd expect that the 3G model will likely be carrier locked (particularly in the US where it's already been announced as exclusive to AT&T). So if you want the mobile data functionality, there may not be any other option than to buy local :(
Eorl
Posted 11:27am 05/8/11
Eh, I've only used my 3G on my phone for internet tethering while I wait for tpg. Wireless is fine.
`ViPER`
Posted 12:06pm 05/8/11
"There is no need to lower the price just because somebody else that happens to be in the video game business decided that they were going to lower their price."


Does that seem like a crazy thing to say or is it just me?

Isnt price a huge determining factor in peoples purchases, especially in the current climate?
Bah
Posted 02:38pm 05/8/11
It's just marketing speak, what else is he going to say? "Yes the 3ds failed at $250, but if we sell the vita for less we will go broke, so we have our fingers crossed"
DK
Posted 02:51pm 05/8/11
People pay 600-1k for a phone these days so I don't see the big deal paying 500 for this machine. Sure it can't make phone calls but it can do everything else. I bet the hardware is superior to all current phones too.
BladeHunter
Posted 03:17pm 05/8/11
Does that seem like a crazy thing to say or is it just me? Isnt price a huge determining factor in peoples purchases, especially in the current climate?


Not exactly. Look at the car market as a comparison, if the above were true we would all be driving around in the cheapest car on the market.

People are prepared to pay more for more, the Vita sounds like it has so much more than the 3DS which is why I will pay for one when they come out. I wouldn't buy a 3DS.
orbitor
Posted 03:33pm 05/8/11
Does that seem like a crazy thing to say or is it just me?


no, he's just saying he believes their pricing is right
kos
Posted 10:12am 06/8/11
The announcement prices are USD$249, EUR$249, GBP$229 or JPY$24,980 for the Wifi only version and USD$299, EUR$299, GBP$279 or JPY$29,980 for the 3G-enabled model.

Does that not look strange to anyone else? Need to work on those currency symbols people!

I never thought this kind of device would be my thing but I'm seriously considering picking one up when I'm in the US early next year. Considering I already got some free PSN PSP games from the Welcome Back Package and that it will be as little as around £150 for the WiFi only version, at the worst it's an awesome PS3 peripheral that I also use occasionally for portable gaming while travelling.

Still hating the name though :\ as if not just PSP2!
tel
Posted 11:25pm 06/8/11
I think aussie retailers will be cutting their own throats if they think they sell these for $450 AU, i'm sure EB will try that's for sure.
And for $80 a game in Australia, where at Amazon you can buy for $40 US.
I can see the games going the same way as on the original PSP, no one buying them.
Hopefully we will be able to download from PSN for fraction of cost or at the very least buy from else where.
As for me, i'll be buying My PSP-2 from US for $250 thanks.
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