Sony denies rumor of 3G PS Vita being cancelled in US

Sony is having to do some damage control today over a rumor that started at IGN. The web site reported today that Amazon's pre-order page for the 3G/WiFi version of the PS Vita had at one point showed that the portable game console had been "Discontinued by manufacturer".

However, Sony quickly sent out word to IGN saying that the $299.99 version of the PS Vita was still alive and well in the US. Amazon later revised its pre-order page and took down that previous note. There's no word as to why Amazon's web site had that note posted in the first place.

This new rumor came at a rather bad time for Sony as there are reports from Japan that sales of the PS Vita are so bad that, according to Games Radar, some Japanese retailers are already cutting the price of the console by as much as 20 percent. The report adds that it is the more expensive 3G version of the PS Vita that is experiencing the price cuts.

Meanwhile the US and European launches of the PS Vita are still planned for February 22. Sony has not indicated that it will be changing the price points for the WiFi or the WiFI/3G versions of the console in those parts of the world, at least not yet.

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How many people want to pay x amount extra a month for 3g on a game system? Just make sure you have a phone that can act as a wifi hotspot. Then connect the vita to your phone and you can use the 3g data that you are already paying for.

I just dont get buying something and paying extra for a 3g radio in it when you are just going to have to spend a bunch of money using the 3g data on it.

Even if you have a phone that cant act like a hotspot there are a million places that have free wifi for you to connect to.

I am not sure what it is but Im betting there will be a pretty low cap on the 3g data that sony allows you to use on the vita. A program is over 100mb thats too much for 3g you will have to use wifi to download that item.

WesDog said,
How many people want to pay x amount extra a month for 3g on a game system?

I don't know if it could be in the same category, but people do pay for an iPad and other tablets with 3G.

Jose_49 said,

I don't know if it could be in the same category, but people do pay for an iPad and other tablets with 3G.

Its only worthwhile if the usage is justifiable. for iPad's and things of that nature, yes I can see people paying extra if its needed for business or other reasons. However with this being a leisure item I dont see that use occuring for many. Like the initial poster said, WiFi Hotspots should suffice for many who want to play games normally.