PS Vita games to be cheaper in downloadable versions

One of the big features for Sony's PS Vita portable game system is that its retail games, to be sold via memory cards, would also be sold in downloadable form on the Playstation Network and also via download code cards. However, until now Sony has yet to reveal the pricing for the downloadable versions of those games

Now a post on the NeoGAF web site shows a leaked Best Buy pre-order catalog that seems to indicate that PS Vita games that are bought via download codes will in fact be cheaper than buying the same game on one of the PS Vita's memory cards. The price difference looks to be about 10 percent less for the downloadable games.

The Shacknews web site got a confirmation from a Sony representative about the price difference, saying:

I can confirm that there will be a discount on the downloadable PS Vita titles from PSN. Exact details have not yet been revealed, but be on the lookout for an announcement in the very near future.

This is good news for PS Vita owners who don't want to be bothered with going to a store and buying memory cards for their game purchases. On the flip side, people who are interested in reselling their PS Vita games at some point might want to stick to purchasing the physical copy of their games.

As we have reported before, the PS Vita makes its official debut in stores in the US and Europe on February 22.

Image via NeoGAF

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10%? Sounds a bit tight to me.

Take into account the cost of manufacture, distribution, retailer's cut, point of sale advertising... and they only offer 10% off RRP?

umm didn't they say thats why they increased the memcard prices? to trick people into thinking they are getting a better deal?

Just as they should be as they do not have physical media and packaging to pay for. (wish more e-books would take this into account)

Ya, Sony just let go of the handheld market, you've lost already. Nintendo is soon to follow. No one cares about handhelds anymore with the rise of powerful tablets and smartphones. Even-though handhelds are marketed towards kids. They too seem to not want these things anymore.

iPod Touches are WAY more popular with kids these days than portable handhelds. Just my observation with my step-daughter and her friends.

Shadrack said,
iPod Touches are WAY more popular with kids these days than portable handhelds. Just my observation with my step-daughter and her friends.

You mean my Game Boy isnt popular anymore? wtf!

Gotenks98 said,
Fail hand held system is fail. They still need to lower the price on that thing.

Or throw in a 32GB+ memory stick or something.

It actually will make its debut, at least here in Canada, on the 15th with a preorder of the first edition. They're giving it a week early to those who preorder. I guess there's going to be 25 launch titles too. I don't know them all but hopefully the Vita takes off. I like what I've seen so far. I'm currently saving up for one as I thought it was going to be a flop so I didn't have in the budget. Now it's looking really good and hope it does well. I'd wait at least 3 months though to see if Sony does the same thing Nintendo did with the 3DS.

Can someone else shed some like on how the Vita is as it's already released in some areas. I'd like to hear real reviews from real people.

dogmai79 said,
It actually will make its debut, at least here in Canada, on the 15th with a preorder of the first edition. They're giving it a week early to those who preorder. I guess there's going to be 25 launch titles too. I don't know them all but hopefully the Vita takes off. I like what I've seen so far. I'm currently saving up for one as I thought it was going to be a flop so I didn't have in the budget. Now it's looking really good and hope it does well. I'd wait at least 3 months though to see if Sony does the same thing Nintendo did with the 3DS.

Can someone else shed some like on how the Vita is as it's already released in some areas. I'd like to hear real reviews from real people.


afaik it's only released in Japan and Neowin doesnt have many japanese users. IGN, however, has the japanese vita and has done several articles on it. check those out.

As it should be, perhaps even more. They get more profit from direct download because they don't have production, packaging, distribution and retailer cuts taking chunks out of their profit margin.

Unfortunately, companies tend to ignore this and keep increasing prices of games (digital or not.. *cough* EA) regardless.