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Vita game downloads day-and-date with retail

By Matthew Handrahan

Thu 13 Oct 2011 7:47am GMT / 3:47am EDT / 12:47am PDT

Sony confirms 20Mb cap on 3G downloads, will support free-to-play games

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Sony's Chris Norden has confirmed that all PlayStation Vita retail games will be available on launch day through the PlayStation Network.

Speaking at GDC Online, reported by Gamasutra, Norden claimed the strategy was partially motivated by the desire to make the Vita a "completely self-contained device."

Later in the session, Norden responded to a question from the audience about free-to-play support on the device.

"You are free to explore whatever business model you want. You'll have to talk to your account manager, and say, 'Here's my idea, and here's what I wanna do,' but yes, you're allowed to do that," he said.

Norden also confirmed that there will be a 20 megabyte download restriction on the 3G model - the same as an iOS device - at the behest of AT&T. However, there will be no download restriction over Wi-Fi.

Earlier this week, the official Japanese prices for Uncharted: Golden Abyss suggested that Vita games will be cheaper to download than to buy in-store by around 20 per cent - excluding any discount applied by retailers.

Uncharted's official retail price is roughly equivalent to a PlayStation 3 game, and has been widely critcised as too high for software on a handheld device.

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Andrew Goodchild Studying development, Train2Game

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"suggested that Vita games will be cheaper to download than to buy in-store by around 20 per cent - excluding any discount applied by retailers."

That discount applied by stores is probably 20%, in the UK at least (ie 39.99 when rrp is 49.99). But at least that means they won't be charging significantly more for digital, hopefully. Whilst digital should be cheaper than that, at least those of us who prefer download have the option without paying over the odds.

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Mark Boyce

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I agree, I have always said that downloadable games should always be cheaper.

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Sion Lee

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Lower price of the games will definitely help move more units for the new device. Hardcore gamers will stay with their platform of choice unless there is incentive to do otherwise.

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Rodney Smith Developer

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This is an excellent idea. Finally a solution for taking a day off to play a game on the day of release only for the game not to turn up.

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Patrick Frost QA Project Monitor

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I'm going to be interested to see how the free to play model works on Vita. Might even give Nintendo a kick to make their model a bit more flexible.

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