October 11, 2011

PS VITA Games Get A Price, Are They Cheaper To Download?


Recent press releases and reports suggest that AAA titles such as Uncharted: Golden Abyss will be significantly cheaper when downloaded instead of purchasing the cartridge at your local Gamestop.

When the PS Vita goes on sale Dec. 17 in Japan, it will cost ¥25,000. With the weak dollar, that's US$326. So it's best to go by the portable's American pricing: $250. With that in mind, how much are Vita games going to cost?


Uncharted: Golden Abyss exceeds 4GB in size
According to FamitsuUncharted: Golden Abyss costs ¥5,980 for the cartridge version and ¥4,900 for the download version.
That's $78 and $63 respectively with the exchange rate. It's safe—although unconfirmed—to assume that the cartridge version will retail for $59, while the download version will cost $49.
According to the upcoming issue of a Japanese game mag, the cartridge version of Hot Shots Golf 6 is ¥4,980 ($65), and the download version is 3,900 ($51).
The Dollar is very weak right now, hence the higher $ prices.
Ridge Racer on the PS Vita, however, has a lower price point. It costs ¥3,980 for the cartridge version; the download version is only a hair cheaper at ¥3,580. Those prices come in at $52 and $47 with the weak dollar. Once again, imagine that they will be priced at $39 and $35 for the U.S.

Though, Namco is offering Ridge Racer for a lower price for a limited time. Between Dec. 17 and Mar. 31, the download version of Ridge Racer is ¥2,980. With the exchange rate, that's actually $39, but in Japanese money, it's roughly the equivalent of $29.
PS VITA will also have a store where you can download PS VITA games.
Katamari: No Vita is priced at ¥4,980 ($65) for a cartridge and ¥4,480 ($58) for the download version. Likewise, Namco is offering the download version at a lower price between Dec. 17 and Mar. 31. It will cost ¥3,980 ($52).Remember to keep in mind that the dollar amounts are a lot higher due to the exchange rate. PS VITA games will be priced identically to PSP games (unless you download them)

All this basically confirms that every single PS VITA game will be available for download via the Playstation Store, some will also be priced much cheaper.

So then will you pick up PS VITA games at your local Gamestop or gaming store? or will you just wait an hour or two downloading Uncharted: Golden Abyss for a lower price? Be sure to leave your opinion in the comment section below!

 
                     
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