PS Vita drops to $199, Sony pledges memory card price drops [Update]

Sony has FINALLY dropped the price on PS Vita. It's officially $199.99--a $50 drop from its original price. At Gamescom, Sony also pledged to bring...


Updated with bundle details and memory card prices.

Sony has FINALLY dropped the price on PS Vita. It's officially $199--for every available model. That represents a $50 drop for the vanilla wi-fi model, and a significant $100 drop for the 3G model.

Even the newly-released Walking Dead bundle will be available for $199. That package includes a 3G system, a copy of The Walking Dead for Vita, and a 4GB memory card, easily making it the best value of the bunch.

In addition, Sony also pledged to bring down the price of the system's egregiously expensive memory cards. A look at GameStop reveals some seriously-slashed prices:

  • 32GB: $119.99 $79.99
  • 16GB: $69.99 $39.99
  • 8GB: $44.99 $24.99

These prices are still too high for the amount of memory they offer, but they're far more palpable than the original MSRPs. Given how generous PlayStation Plus has been for Vita owners, getting a higher-capacity card should be of utmost importance to Vita users.

Andrew Yoon was previously a games journalist creating content at Shacknews.

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    August 20, 2013 10:30 AM

    Andrew Yoon posted a new article, PS Vita drops to $199, Sony pledges memory card price drops.

    Sony has FINALLY dropped the price on PS Vita. It's officially $199.99--a $50 drop from its original price. At Gamescom, Sony also pledged to bring...

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      August 20, 2013 10:41 AM

      Still waiting for a bundle with PS4.

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        August 20, 2013 11:01 AM

        ya a $499 bundle would be dope. but not likely.

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          August 20, 2013 11:15 AM

          it would have to be 599 ... they wouldnt drop it 50 bucks today and then another 100 bucks in 3 months or so

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            August 20, 2013 12:16 PM

            Exactly, but then what's the point of the bundle if you're not saving money?

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              August 20, 2013 12:26 PM

              You really honestly think they would drop the price of the vita $150 within 3 months?

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                August 20, 2013 12:32 PM

                pls look at the second sentence of my first post, in reply to Lifelove.

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            August 20, 2013 12:25 PM

            At that price it would be more expensive than the new Xbox. As someone who has been on the fence, now it seems that you really need a vita to utilize the whole system. I did not own a PS3 or Vita, so as someone who would have to buy both for the next gen the PS4 isn't as appealing as it once was. $500 for xbox and kinect or $600 for PS4 and vita... I'm not really sure which is the better option. The second screen playability is cool but I'm not sure on how many occasions I would use it. Like wise... if the kinect turns out to be a slightly better version of the first and not a really drastic improvement, it will also be wasted space and money. Decisions Decisions... maybe i should just get a gaming pc...

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              August 20, 2013 2:56 PM

              there is no way they are going to get the vita and the ps4 cheaper than a xbox one. not this year at least. Sony can't afford as a company to take that much of a loss on hardware.

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          August 20, 2013 7:08 PM

          I think more probable (but still unlikely) is something like $600 for a PS4, Vita, and PS4 Eye - then you're saving ~$40 by buying all of them which seems way more probable (and I would guess the camera is high margin and won't sell to a lot of people)

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        August 20, 2013 6:45 PM

        The problem with this logic is misunderstanding of profit margins. There will be a bundle someday, but waiting for one just to save $100 at this point is silly. If you really want both consoles just buy them both, otherwise buy one and save your money for the other later when you want that one.

        If you have no interest in either of them then why even say you are waiting, that is a misrepresentation of the truth.

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      August 20, 2013 12:01 PM

      The memory cards were the biggest deterrent for me. I'd feel like a moron spending $85 for 32GB

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      August 20, 2013 12:09 PM

      Great. Now drop the price on those mem sticks and get more good games on there and I might pick one up.

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      August 20, 2013 12:55 PM

      Why not including a 4 Gb card in that bundle and a code for Uncharted Golden Abyss or Wipeout 2033 ?

      It would be a better fight against the upcoming 200$ Pokemon X &Y bundle...

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        August 20, 2013 3:16 PM

        Wipeout and Uncharted are already free for PS+ members.

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      August 20, 2013 3:34 PM

      $80 is still WAY too much for a 32gb card. What a joke.

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      August 20, 2013 6:58 PM

      Was hoping they'd put out 64 gb cards, eliminate 4 gb cards, and shift all the pricing for old memory cards down a tier (with 64 taking the old 32 price slot)

      $80 for 32 gb is still silly

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        August 20, 2013 9:43 PM

        Yea Wtf Sony. I can only have 1 game at a time on my shitty 4gb card.

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      August 20, 2013 9:39 PM

      And... I just bought a Vita and a 32GB card. I'll try to stick to the free Vita games on PS+ for now.

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