PlayStation Vita to Arrive February 2012
October 19, 2011 10:14 AM
comment(s) - last by
The Wi-Fi only Vita will hold a price tag of $250 while the 3G(AT&T)/Wi-Fi model will run $300
At the E3 Expo in June of this year, Sony announced its newest upcoming portable,
. For those of you who have been waiting to get your hands on one, Vita will be available to purchase in February 2012.
PS Vita offers social networking apps called "Party" and "Near," which allow users organize friend lists, discuss what you're doing online, and reveal where you are (much like Facebook's "Check-in").
A total of 26 games will be available on launch day, and another 100 are currently in production. A few games that Sony announced at E3 were "LittleBigPlanet," "Uncharted: Golden Abyss," and "Street Fighter X Tekken."
In addition, a new feature on Vita allows gamers to save their game on the portable system using "cloud saving," which can then be resumed on the PS3.
The Wi-Fi only Vita will hold a price tag of $250 while the 3G(AT&T)/Wi-Fi model will run $300. It will hit stores in Japan on December 17, 2011, and arrive in North America on February 22, 2012.
Many are wondering how well the Vita will be received, considering the Nintendo 3DS, which offers 3D features, was initially introduced with a $249.99 price tag and didn't sell so well. Nintendo decided to
slash the 3DS' price to $169.99
only four months after its release.
This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled
RE: 3DS this is not, but...
10/19/2011 2:37:46 PM
Yes, no doubt a value for the hardware you are getting. And yes consumers do put more down on phones.
But this is competing more with the DS than a RAZR. This is a Vita and not an Xperia we are talking about, right?
Again it is an expensive toy and not a "necessity" as a smartphone is viewed these days. My point is that Nintendo made their previously cheap toy expensive and failed. So it will be interesting to see how this goes as far as what the consumer is willing to pay for something that is categorized as a toy.
That was my thought that the 3DS failed because people (parents) weren't willing to pay $250 for a toy like the 3DS. But with the PSP there was a pretty good following from what I recall and it is those people that will be buying this to replace that. But my thinking now is that at $250 (regardless of value/features) this won't sell DS numbers. And Sony is probably fine with that. I just think this will be telling of how the launch of the 3DS went when we can step back and look at the numbers. If the price of this was $500 then we wouldn't be able to make very many comparative conclusions.
RE: 3DS this is not, but...
10/19/2011 11:12:21 PM
Problem is, Sony's target market is something like 18-34 y/o, which does have the cash to spend on their habit (or at least that has been their market in the past). The industry has been moving more and more toward an older market in the last 5 years with casual games, now with the largest segment being 18-49 y/o. 53% of gamers fall into this catergory :
Even in the < 12 y/o market, parents are buying iPads ($700 pacifiers) for their newborns to finger paint on. People do spend inordinate amounts of money on non-necessities.
RE: 3DS this is not, but...
10/20/2011 1:40:31 AM
One thing I forgot about what this thing will be competing with is the phones that have the capabilities that they have now. (Not to mention tablets like you pointed out.) That part of their competition (the other part being the DS) didn't exist when the original PSP launched.
"So, I think the same thing of the music industry. They can't say that they're losing money, you know what I'm saying. They just probably don't have the same surplus that they had." -- Wu-Tang Clan founder RZA
Nintendo Announces Poor Q1 Earnings, Offers 3DS Price Cut After Weak Sales
July 28, 2011, 10:05 AM
Sony Apologizes for Security Woes, Introduces PlayStation Vita
June 6, 2011, 11:21 PM
Amazon Seeks FAA Permission to Test 50 MPH Flying Drones
July 11, 2014, 12:32 PM
Samsung Fails to Launch its Tizen-based Smartphone in Moscow, Unsure of New Launch Date
July 11, 2014, 9:00 AM
China's Top State-run Broadcaster Considers iOS Tracking Feature is a National Security Threat
July 11, 2014, 8:25 AM
Verizon Wireless Offers Up $100* LG G3, Will Be Available July 17
July 10, 2014, 4:21 PM
Satya Nadella Says Microsoft is a "Productivity and Platform Company" for the Mobile/Cloud World
July 10, 2014, 12:29 PM
Motorola Touts Its Moto 360 Smartwatch in Another Teaser Video
July 10, 2014, 9:26 AM
Most Popular Articles
Apple's iPhone, iPad Update iOS 7.1.2 is Badly Broken for Some
July 8, 2014, 2:00 PM
Despite Legal Threats Google Begins Posting Warnings of ISP Throttling
July 7, 2014, 5:52 PM
Buzz Aldrin Says First Astronauts to Set Foot on Mars Should Never Return Home
July 9, 2014, 9:46 AM
Your Uncharged Smartphone, Tablet May Prevent You from Boarding U.S.-bound Flights
July 6, 2014, 11:11 PM
Samsung Sales, Profit Drops in Q2, Apple Sees Troubling Signs Too
July 8, 2014, 8:18 PM
Latest Blog Posts
Space Terrorism is a Looming Threat For the United States
Apr 23, 2014, 7:47 PM
Facebook Aims to Provide Internet to "Every Person in the World" with Drones, Satellites
Apr 1, 2014, 10:20 AM
Retail Mobile Sites Experience Outages in Light of Simplexity's Bankruptcy
Mar 14, 2014, 8:48 AM
Tesla vs. BMW: Who Has the Safer EV?
Feb 1, 2014, 2:56 PM
Justice Leaks Details of Next HTC One Two Flagship Phone
Dec 5, 2013, 4:04 PM
More Blog Posts
Copyright 2014 DailyTech LLC. -
Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information