Seems like the earlier rumors for the PlayStation Vita were true. At Gamescom 2013 today Sony announced a significant price drop of $50 for its handheld.
Starting from tomorrow, the Vita (Wi-Fi model) will be available for purchase for the discounted price of $199 in North America. The offer sticks for the European region as well where the Vita will retail for €199.
Sony also said that it would be introducing “significant” price cuts for Vita memory cards. However, there was no further mention on how much or if it will be for the 3G Vita model instead.
This seems to be the perfect time for consumers to purchase the handheld. Sony spent a significant portion of their Gamescom conference on the Vita; announcing new games, as well as literally every PlayStation 4 title to release on the handheld. One title, Murasaki Baby looked absolutely beautiful.
The Vita launched in February of 2012 and since then has been struggling to meet ends. No doubt Nintendo’s dominant 3DS has put some dents in it but the Vita also features a pretty barren library of games. Sony would be hoping that their Gamescom 2013 announcements breaths some life into the handheld.
Amazon has new prices displayed for Vita Memory Cards. The 16gb model is now available for $37, down from $59.99; while both the 8gb and 32gb models are available for $23.13 and $78.38 respectively, down from $29.99 and $99.99.