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GameStop Hopes To See A Vita Price Cut For The Holidays

There's little doubt that Sony hopes PlayStation Vita sales will rise when the PlayStation 4 arrives on store shelves.

Given the connectivity and multimedia features, there's every chance that the PS4 could entice gamers into picking up the Vita. And GameStop president Tony Bartel says either a price cut or a new hardware bundle just before the launch of the PS4 would help.

In speaking to Forbes, the GameStop boss said it just "makes sense" to make the Vita more appealing this holiday season.

"With multi-screen gaming continuing to rise in popularity, I think you’ll see more gamers purchase a Vita to take advantage of the enhanced gameplay offered by the PS4. We’re always happy to see a price cut! Both bundles and price cuts tend to spur additional sales, so this would make sense leading up to launch."

One of the more intriguing announcements during the PlayStation Meeting was the fact that PS4 titles could be streamed directly to the Vita. This is thanks to integrated Gaikai technology; the PS4 acts as a server and sends video directly to the handheld's screen, and then the game can be played remotely on the Vita. It's features like these that make being a Vita owner a little more interesting if a PS4 is sitting in your living room.

And of course, a price cut could really boost sales. Immediately after the Vita price drop in Japan, sales quadrupled.

Tags: vita, playstation vita, vita price cut, vita price drop, gamestop

3/7/2013 11:11:54 PM Ben Dutka

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Thursday, March 07, 2013 @ 11:23:21 PM

I've seen tons of vita deals here in the USA. You can get a used one right now (not including card or charger) for only $120! I've also seen new ones for $220 and a few other deals like that!

I think the vita will really start to pick up when the vita gets a price cut here in NA

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Thursday, March 07, 2013 @ 11:29:01 PM

Yeah I think more and more deals will be coming, maybe with a new Vita and price cut around PS4 launch. I definitely want to have them both at some point. Memory cards man, please...

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Thursday, March 07, 2013 @ 11:49:20 PM

No Vita yet World? For shame.. lol. Maybe Sony will make the PS4/V bundle just for you.

I am biding my time for a cut on the memory cards. I actually hope for a 64gb or even a 128gb card.

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Friday, March 08, 2013 @ 12:09:27 AM

yeah not for me yet, too many PS3 games I want

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Friday, March 08, 2013 @ 10:00:40 AM

heh, a 64 gb memory card would cost an arm and a leg. It's not like if when Sony releases it would cost the same as a 32 gb one at current price. Even the 128 would probably cost the same as a vita system. In fact it should be the Vita itself that has the 32 gb memory built in. If they released one on their revision with that memory size at the same price of 250 I would buy it.

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Thursday, March 07, 2013 @ 11:45:08 PM

Weren't VITA sales actually sextupled? More than 62k?

I wonder if Sony is banking on Vita sales increasing in the US when the PS4 is launched. Considering all of the integrated features. I'm sure sales will surge because of this but a cut would definitely move units as well. Particularly for those who only want a VITA. I can't wait for the 4 to join the family.

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Thursday, March 07, 2013 @ 11:47:58 PM

Sony should sell Vita with a 32gb card included without a price cut. Even 32gb is not enough since I prefer to buy digital games over physical copies.

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Friday, March 08, 2013 @ 3:59:30 AM

if $ony does not drop the price of the vita worldwide by the holiday season it will be THE biggest f*ckup a company has EVER committed!
it will, especially since they just did so for JP.
hopefully at E3.
not only would it help the vita sell, it would also help the ps4 sell since there is suppose to be even more significant integration then there is with the ps3.

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