First PlayStation Vita Games Priced

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http://kotaku.com/5848535/first-playstation-vita-games-priced

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?

According to Famitsu, Uncharted: 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).

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.

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). Once again, the dollar amounts are high due to the exchange rate.
 
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[QUOTE="tbx59, post: 5684880]Do we really expect games to be the same price as a PS3 new AAA game?[/QUOTE]

It better not be. Then again, with the bettering of handheld gaming systems, it's only natural the price of the games go up.
 

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Remember guys, that games are usually much more expensive there than they are stateside. I'm still hoping games are cheap and not $45-60. My sweet spot would be $35-40, much like all PSP games at launch.
 

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Prices are the same as they are for 3DS games in Japan.

Nintendogs & Cats ¥4,800
Winning Eleven Soccer 3D ¥5,800
Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition ¥4,800
Samurai Warriors: Chronicle ¥6,090
Puzzle Bobble 3D ¥4,980
Ridge Racer 3D ¥6,090
Battle of the Giants: Dinosaurs 3D ¥5,040
Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle ¥5,980
http://kotaku.com/5728228/the-ten-3ds-launch-titles-in-japan

PSVita game prices:
Uncharted ¥5980(retail)/¥4900(digital)
Hot Shots Golf 6 ¥4,980(retail)/¥3,980(digital)
Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 ¥4,800(retail)/¥4,300(digital)
Ridge Racer ¥3,980(retail)/¥3,580(digital)
Katamari ¥4,980(retail)/¥4,480(digital)

The PSVita is following the same price model as the 3DS. It is very likely that it will continue to do so in the US by pricing games at $39 and lower.
 

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Websites such as VG247 and MCVUK (who I once thought were decent reporters) have unfortunately taken the Japanese RRP of Vita games and done a direct currency exchange into GBP! (amongst other currencies).

Massive mistake. They then proceeded to make headlines and commentary as to suggest this would then be the price of Vita games in the UK (and elsewhere).

Needless to say it hasn't generated the best buzz for Sony.
 
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$Greatness$

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[QUOTE="F34R, post: 5684952]Better not be more than $39.99 stateside. That's all I'm going to say.[/QUOTE]

You ain't never lying about that. But with that said, it probably won't affect me as much since I won't be buying the Vita at launch. I'm going to do like the good ole casuals do and wait 2 or 3 years when they come out with a better version and bundle it for 2 or 3 games and accessories.

That's what I'm thinking of doing when the Next-Gen arrives. Won't be bit in the ass again by Big Business!
 

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[QUOTE="mickice, post: 5686984]Look at current PSP title prices, here in Aust we seem then sit around $60. I can see them dropping and Vita games maybe launching at 70-ish.[/QUOTE]

That's absurd. Sony is trippin' hard. No way in hell I'd pay $60 for a handheld title. Feel sorry for you guys.
 

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[QUOTE="$Greatness$, post: 5686971]You ain't never lying about that. But with that said, it probably won't affect me as much since I won't be buying the Vita at launch. I'm going to do like the good ole casuals do and wait 2 or 3 years when they come out with a better version and bundle it for 2 or 3 games and accessories.

That's what I'm thinking of doing when the Next-Gen arrives. Won't be bit in the ass again by Big Business![/QUOTE]

Yep this is what I plan on doing. We'll see how strong the hype train gets when PS4 is announced. PS3 should keep me content until the next gen starts hitting it's stride (around a year or two after release).
 

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[QUOTE="$Greatness$, post: 5687031]That's absurd. Sony is trippin' hard. No way in hell I'd pay $60 for a handheld title. Feel sorry for you guys.[/QUOTE]

In my region thats cheap, new games can launch at $110. But prices have dropped alot lately because of our good economy.
 

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The PS Vita is basically a PS3 in your pocket so $60 doesn't sound that crazy to me. I'd be glad to pay $50 for PSV games. $40 would be an absolute steal.
 
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[QUOTE="TDbank24, post: 5687932]The PS Vita is basically a PS3 in your pocket so $60 doesn't sound that crazy to me. I'd be glad to pay $50 for PSV games. $40 would be an absolute steal.[/QUOTE]
No it's basically not.
http://www.gamespot.com/news/6339649/ps-vita-3g-20mb-download-cap-confirmed?tag=newstop;title;1
Norden also addressed notions that the Vita would be as powerful as the PlayStation 3, saying such a portable machine just wouldn't be feasible right now.

"That's not true. That couldn't be true. The things would burst on fire in your hands or something," Norden said. He specifically cited the impact that would have on battery life and heat output as reasons the PS Vita won't be matching its console counterpart's horsepower.
I'm glad you'd be happy paying more for games lol. Incredible.
 
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Azu

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Japan is expensive, news at 11. I mean, have you people seen their Blu-ray prices? Or even prices of high-profile PS3 games like Tales of Xillia? The yen-prices won't translate directly to dollars/euros, even the hardware itself is way more expensive in Japan than in US (the Wifi-model is 25000 yen, that's somewhere between 320 and 330$).
 

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[QUOTE="TDbank24, post: 5687932]The PS Vita is basically a PS3 in your pocket so $60 doesn't sound that crazy to me. I'd be glad to pay $50 for PSV games. $40 would be an absolute steal.[/QUOTE]

Its not quite as powerful as PS3 but its between a Wii and 360. $50 is reasonable IMO but they'll be $40 I think.
 

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[QUOTE="Galvanise_, post: 5688193]Just to clarify, pricing in the US will not go above $39.99.

UK pricing will vary quite a bit, but I hear the upper end will be £29.99.[/QUOTE]

Looking at uncharted on the psp, i would happily pay £30 for that game. Very good quality.
 

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[QUOTE="Galvanise_, post: 5688193]Just to clarify, pricing in the US will not go above $39.99.

UK pricing will vary quite a bit, but I hear the upper end will be £29.99.[/QUOTE]

Your back! Will you be posting more in the Vita section? You always have good insider knowledge to share now and then.

[QUOTE="LfCpS3, post: 5688299]Looking at uncharted on the psp, i would happily pay £30 for that game. Very good quality.[/QUOTE]

Exactly - it depends on the game (the quality and length of it in particular).
 
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[QUOTE="Wasib, post: 5690026]Your back! Will you be posting more in the Vita section? You always have good insider knowledge to share now and then.[/QUOTE]

If I know something and its not too sensitive, then I'll probably let everyone know.

Though in truth, I haven't been in situations where I've been told much recently. I'll probably know more closer to the US/EU launch.

I do know that the vast, vast majority of UK developers have Vita devkits.
 
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[QUOTE="Galvanise_, post: 5690093]If I know something and its not too sensitive, then I'll probably let everyone know.Though in truth, I haven't been in situations where I've been told much recently. I'll probably know more closer to the US/EU launch.I do know that the vast, vast majority of UK developers have Vita devkits.[/QUOTE]

Thanks for for info good to know. Can I just ask do you know this because you work for Sony? Thanks
 
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[QUOTE="Lair_Altair, post: 5690181]Thanks for for info good to know. Can I just ask do you know this because you work for Sony? Thanks[/QUOTE]

Nah. I don't work for Sony. I just know a few people in some interesting places.