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Sony announces price drop for handheld Vita

Cutting $50 from the price of the PlayStation Vita, the Sony handheld is to retail for $199 (€199, £179) with reductions of up to 33% metered out to its memory cards.

By:AFP
| Updated on: Aug 22 2013, 10:39 IST
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Cutting $50 from the price of the PlayStation Vita, the Sony handheld is to retail for $199 (€199, £179) with reductions of up to 33% metered out to its memory cards.

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Unveiling the news at the Gamescom 2013 PlayStation media briefing, accompanying a suite of new titles for the portable console, and plans to integrate it into the PlayStation 4 experience, the Vita is now the same price as the newly reduced 12GB PlayStation 3.

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And over the previous weekend, some North American chain stores had foreshadowed the reduction by offering the Vita at the new price.

The cut mirrors a move made in Japan this past February and, just as Nintendo's 3DS was in 2011 given a meteoric boost by a cheaper price tag and a more appealing games library, Sony will be hoping for a similar upturn concerning the Vita.

'Starbound,' 'Fez,' 'Joe Danger,' even PC and console hit 'Borderlands 2,' were profiled alongside a strong stable of indie titles including 'Murasaki Baby,' 'The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth,' 'Helldivers,' 'N++,' 'Rogue Legacy,' 'Wasteland Kings' and 'Volume.'

The company can also lean on its PlayStation Plus membership scheme to make gaming cheaper for subscribers, delivering a regular line-up of complimentary games across PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 3 and, from November, PlayStation 4.

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First Published Date: 22 Aug, 10:35 IST
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