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Some Sony US stores knocking $100 from 3G Vita

Some Sony US stores knocking $100 from 3G Vita

Tue 12 Mar 2013 12:01pm GMT / 8:01am EDT / 5:01am PDT
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Some branches suggest that model may be discontinued

Several Sony stores in the US have discounted the 3G PlayStation Vita by $100, with some branches asserting that it's because the 3G machine is due to be discontinued.

A news story at Joystiq discovered the price cut, which extends to many but not all of the Sony stores in the US. Wi-Fi only models have not been discounted.

Sony employees from Denver, Las Vegas and New Jersey told Joystiq that the model is being taken off the market, but others were uncertain. Nobody was able to say whether the model would be replaced by a 4G machine or if we'd only see Wi-Fi only Vitas in the future.

The 3G package, which includes an 8GB memory card and a PSN voucher now costs $199.97 and comes with a data plan contract - which would seem to run contrary to any discontinuation rumours. However, if a 4G Vita is in the works, continuing data plan deals with networks would make more sense.

Sony has been contacted for clarification on the story and whether any price cut will become global.

5 Comments

Craig Page
Programmer

381 216 0.6
I don't know why they ever bothered making a 3G version if it couldn't be used as a phone...

Posted:A year ago

#1

Adam Campbell
Associate Producer

1,120 889 0.8
The fact the Wi-Fi and 3G version are actually selling for the same price at some major UK stores was telling me an interesting story a while ago. I also noticed the disappearance of Vita from Vodafone stores, the chosen UK carrier and the ongoing status has been vague to say the least.

The 3G version was a bit of a hard sell, coming back to the idea a lot of people have pockets/bags full of connected devices. Had the form factor (i.e. 7" display) or functionality (i.e. integrated mobile phone) been different, perhaps the connectivity to 3G would have been more desirable and more useful, potentially replacing other devices.

If this does turn out to be true, I wouldn't be surprised.

Posted:A year ago

#2

Curt Sampson
Sofware Developer

564 278 0.5
We've had price cut on the 3G Vita here in Japan as well. Amazon.co.jp is now selling them for 19,071; the WiFi model is still 22,000.

Posted:A year ago

#3

Paul Jace
Merchandiser

770 1,005 1.3
I noticed today that Toys R Us is now selling the 3G model for $279. Not a huge drop but obviously done to try and entice more people. Too bad a $20 price drop will entice almost nobody that already thought $299 was too high.

Posted:A year ago

#4

Ian Brown
IT Developer / IT Infrastructure

107 26 0.2
Well having a WiFi one and enjoying it but the 3G one I ignored right away because the data charge attached to it. I know I didn't have to use it outside of a WiFI but why pay the extra (at release) for something that is of minimal use. Plus outside of major cities have you tried using 3G? Its slow for mobile webpages so can you imagine what playing BlazBlu on it would be like.

Posted:A year ago

#5

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