Vita games will be cheaper when downloaded

Vita games may be discounted ten percent when downloaded from the PlayStation Network, a retail database suggests.

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Unlike the PSP, every game on the PlayStation Vita can be purchased and downloaded on the PlayStation Store. In Japan, digital versions of Vita games sport a discount over their retail counterparts. But will America follow suit? Update: The answer is "yes." A Sony representative has confirmed the discount. "I can confirm that there will be a discount on the downloadable PS Vita titles from PSN. Exact details have not yet been revealed, but be on the lookout for an announcement in the very near future." Original Story: In addition to offering game cartridges, Best Buy will also sell codes that are redeemable on the PlayStation Network. GQman2121 from NeoGAF spotted multiple entries with "DIG-PSV" in the product title. MLB 12 The Show is listed at $35.99, while Reality Fighters is listed at $26.99. Uncharted: Golden Abyss is listed at $44.99. These prices all represent a 10 percent discount over their boxed copy counterparts.

From the Best Buy database

(via PSN Stores)

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    January 31, 2012 1:30 PM

    Andrew Yoon posted a new article, Report: Vita games will be cheaper when downloaded.

    Vita games may be discounted ten percent when downloaded from the PlayStation Network, a retail database suggests.

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      January 31, 2012 1:33 PM

      Vita is so DOA.

      Except that's the only way I'll be able to play P4 portable... :/

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        January 31, 2012 1:37 PM

        PSP was the same deal. it was my jeanne darc machine

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          January 31, 2012 4:09 PM

          The PSP had a great library if you like JRPGs, and has the best SRPG of the entire last generation in Tactics Ogre.

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        January 31, 2012 7:48 PM

        Not if they get Monster Hunter on there ASAP.

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      January 31, 2012 1:38 PM

      There was nothing enticing about it when I demo'ed it at the mall.

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      January 31, 2012 1:46 PM

      A 10% discount is not a big deal. If it was 20% or more this would be something to talk about. For such a small difference in price I'll take the physical copy that I can share and trade.

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      January 31, 2012 1:54 PM

      I feel like I should want one of these since they're such slick pieces of hardware. Then I see game prices and I'm like LOLNO. With iOS, and to some extent android, gaming getting so much better, I feel like a separate portable gaming system just isn't worth it, especially with high prices for games.

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      January 31, 2012 2:12 PM

      it would be cool if they had a bunch of sales (much like steam has), but i doubt their online offerings will vary in price much at all.

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      January 31, 2012 2:50 PM

      Let's see, a 8 GB mem stick costs $30. We'll say a game is 2 GB ish (could be wrong either way). That puts ~ 4 games on a stick. $30/4games = $7.50 /game cost do download for the memory stick.

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        January 31, 2012 3:05 PM

        That's not really how that works, though. You might as well increase the cost per PC game by the cost per GB that HDD storage is currently at.

        The cost of the game is whatever it's marked at. The cost to store doesn't exist in that form because you can easily reuse the memory stick as you roll to a new game.

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          January 31, 2012 4:01 PM

          Considering that the Vita has no built in memory (that can be used for games) and the fact that you must use Sony's own special memory cards in the device, I think it's only fair to add the costs of these things. If it were a situation in which games were just saves onto on-board memory, I'd agree with you. I'd even agree with you if I could just use any card I wanted or if the cards were priced like other comparable cards.

          Even if you only want one single game, you need to make that initial investment - there's absolutely no way around it so you have to add these costs. Later on, when that one memory card is used for many games you own, the costs "go down".

          • Ebu
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            January 31, 2012 4:31 PM

            If you were going to do something silly like that, silly I say, you'd have to divide the cost of that memory card by every game you ever buy that ends up on that memory card. It's not like you put 4 games on the card, play them, then throw it away.

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            February 3, 2012 1:58 PM

            Not quite true, you can pick up one of these for $2

            http://www.7dayshop.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=110092&r=GOOG

            Then you can buy 2x 32gb or 2x64gb micro sd cards for a total of 64gb or 128 gb respectivly.

            Right now 32gb micro SD cards are retailing in england for £20. So were talking £40 for 64gb of storage which is a fraction of the price of buying the sony sticks. Gota use your nogin if u dont wana get ripped off.

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      January 31, 2012 6:07 PM

      Vita games will be cheaper when downloaded

      I'm pretty sure they are!

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      January 31, 2012 6:19 PM

      I don't own a psp, but I've been buying xseed games to support them. Will Vita play them?

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        January 31, 2012 6:22 PM

        hahaha, this is exactly something I could see myself doing if I didn't already have a PSP.

        And I do not think you will be able to play UMD games. Last I heard Sony was working on something to maybe offer PSP games in their PSN store, that could be played on the Vita but I don't know if anything came of that.

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      January 31, 2012 7:24 PM

      I like Sony, but sometimes i think they really dont get it. Overpriced memory sticks, high priced hardware, $50 dollar Vita games, lackluster PSN security, over zealous promises.....like the PS3 doing "4D"....i mean come on already!!!

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      January 31, 2012 9:31 PM

      i would buy a vita if it meant I could remote ff13-2 in bed