Vita dev kit to cost €1,900 plus VAT

Console will eventually support free-to-play and non-gaming apps

Sony has revealed that the dev kits for the PlayStation Vita will sell for €1,900 plus VAT.

Speaking at GDC Europe yesterday, as reported by Develop, SCEE's George Bain said there is also no cost to join the PS Vita Develop Program.

"There's just that cost of the dev kit. If you're a small developer, we happy to talk to you about this. It will help if you have a games portfolio. There's no reason we won't speak with smaller studios about joining up."

According to Bain, prototype dev kits for Vita can be free. Sony's Pub Fund - which helps smaller developers fund their games in return for exclusivity - is receiving up to 15 pitches a week. Although currently limited to games, it's expected that non-gaming apps will eventually come to Vita, as well as free-to-play models.

The Vita launches this year in Japan and before the end of March in Europe and the US priced at $249 for the WiFi model and $299 for the 3G version.

Some developers including Heavy Iron and Crytek have been critical of the high price of the console, and suggested that it's launching in a portable market that has fundamentally changed since the introduction of smartphones and tablets.

Yesterday the Vita took centre stage at Sony's Gamescom press conference, with new games including Resistance: Burning Skies, Reality Fighters, Escape Plan and LittleBigPlanet on display.

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From the press briefing and conference, I think Sony have just about got all the requirements to make PS Vita really good.

Plus I feel they have really listened to what a gamer want. For the gamer's gamer wantign to have portable gaming, looks like PSV has good tactility with two joysticks for folks with opposable thumbs, and more importantly a solid first party line up of games + PSN titles. What more do you want?
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Rick Lopez Illustrator, Graphic Designer 10 years ago
It has the games, the features and the tech specs. I think the price is high, Im gonna pick up a 3DS now and then a PSVita. However for those buying Vita now i think that at the current price it has more value then a 3DS at the same price. So people who purchase a VITA will have made a good buy. I personally wait for a price drop but still feel a VITA is worth it for anyone who picks it up now.
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Claudio Raffaelli 3d Artist & illustrator 10 years ago
Rick I have to disagree with you on the price subject. People pay more than $300 for an Ipod Touch (not to mention smart phones which I leave outside my main examples because the phone capabilities), so i donīt see the point on not spending $300 for a device like the PsVITA with that specs + 3G.
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I wonder why they keep comparing the psvita to smartphones and tablets that cost more than the ps vita. For example the tablet of choice for most consumers ipad 2 starts at $499 wifi or smartphone of choice iphone 4 $199 under contract. They both are multipurpose but how well do they perform when it comes to games. Also there is a recurring bill with the iphone 4 and if you are already under contract with any of the telecom providers you will have to pay the full price of the phone which is between $499-599. Of course this example is only with apple products. Androids are more affordable but they still have the recurring bills for their smartphones.
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Brennan Martin Studying Russian language and culture, University of Ottawa10 years ago
I can understand crytek's quote being spoken about because they're a hardcore developer and this is what the psvita's market is, I don't see the point in quoting heavy iron games, which mostly makes casual titles like spongebob squarepants and pixar titles. That business model I think is dead, cheap movie or tv tie-in games are going the way of the dodo on main consoles because it's much easier to give that audience an old smart phone or iPod touch and they'll be quiet on the car ride to granny's house. Personally as someone who has been gaming my entire life I think the vita shows great promise, innovative controls with fully classic controls as well, strong online features and network and great graphics. I could very easily buy this and then simply use my ps3 as a Netflix box and occasional uncharted machine. The vita has everything I want in a console, (not just a handheld).
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Rick Lopez Illustrator, Graphic Designer 10 years ago
I remember when the NEO GEO came out at 600$ and games t 200$...

Smart phones and tablets are usually expensive toys for people with money or people who have other uses for them aside from gaming. They are not just used for gaming, they are used for collage studies, business, research and other things. College students can benefit in many ways with a portable device that allows them to do research, homework and live presentations like a tablet or laptop. In a sense spending that kind of money is an investment, for some greater purpose... but for gaming? Com'on... 600$ just to play Angry birds anyone?

Ive never bought an iPhone or tablet. im not interested in those products Im ok with any phone that allows unlimited calling and text messaging which i usually get for free on a 2 year contract. For people who just want to play games, for a dedicated gaming machine its expensive. I own a laptop for work not for games. I am happy with my PS3, Wii, DS and PSP... i never purchase a console in its first day, I always wait. Same for most games.

And most smart phones usually come with a 2 year contract and when people do that its usually to be able to communicate not to play games. I wonder how many businesses can exist now without a mobile phone. To me a smart phone is a PHONE, they just happen to evolve to a point where you can use games on them. To me a phone is an utility much like water and electricity service.

On top of that if you wanna get games each game is at least 40$ thats also a cost you might want to add to a portable gaming machine.

Apple offers a differant range of iPODs, not everyone is willing to shell out 200$ or 300$ just to listen to music. And Im ok with an iPOD shuffle and there are plenty of cheaper devices that allow me to listen to music on the go.

I remember apple commenting about releasing a version of the iPHONE that was jailbroken and would allow people to use it on any phone service. It was worth over 700$. And how many people that have a hard time paying a mortgage or utility bills have gotten that? i dont know how that ended up, but I dont know anyone who has an iPHONE that has paid the full amount for it. They usually come with a two year contract.

So maybe if people use a PS Vita for, work, college, business or education, maybe it would be worth it... but a guy like me... I just wanna play games. However i do consider the price of VITA high, I dont consider it rediculouse, I think its a great gaming piece of hardware that I myself am considering purchasing. However Im getting a 3DS first the price drop Nintendo issued warrants my choice.

Edited 3 times. Last edit by Rick Lopez on 17th August 2011 6:33pm

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Hmmm, IMO that is bit expensive (the devkit that is) - close to $3k AU. Its not outragous, but it would have been nice if it was around half the price.

Re: PSV price - the price is fine for "gamers": its a reasonably low price, and as long as there are games - it should sell well.

But the point re: non-gamers, is they *already* have a iPhone/Smartphone/iTouch - the market is flooded. So the PSV has to prove to these owners its worth having their existing device AND a PSV (also considering the PSV is not a phone).

One danger, is that if you see similar games to what the PSV offers either already out, or coming out on smartphones - its going to be hard to entice people to get one. Its all about the software.
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