PS Vita Games and Accessory Prices – Spoilers: It’s Expensive

PS Vita Games and Accessory Prices – Spoilers: It’s Expensive

The recent Japanese launch of the Playstation Vita has gotten me worked up into a new console frenzy. To put it bluntly, the Vita looks like a pretty slick piece of hardware and I’ve begun counting my pennies but exactly how many pennies am I going to need?

A lot, as it turns out.

Earlier today the Official Playstation EU blog posted a break down of game and accessory pricing, and while these are obviously European prices, they probably aren’t too far from what we in the Americas will pay. Prices are as follows:

  • Uncharted: Golden Abyss – €49.99/£44.99/$69.95 AUD/$89.95 NZD
  • ModNation Racers: Road Trip – €39.99/£34.99/$54.95 AUD/$69.95 NZD
  • Everybody’s Golf – €39.99/£34.99/$54.95 AUD/$69.95 NZD
  • WipEout 2048 – €39.99/£34.99/$54.95 AUD/$69.95 NZD
  • Unit 13 – €39.99/£34.99/$54.95 AUD/$69.95 NZD
  • Little Deviants – €29.99/£24.99/$39.95 AUD/$54.95 NZD
  • Reality Fighters – €29.99/£24.99/$39.95 AUD/$54.95 NZD

PS Vita memory cards are available in three sizes and will be priced at the following:

  • 4Gb Memory Card – €19.99/£17.99/$26.95 AUD/$34.95 NZD
  • 8Gb Memory Card – €34.99/£31.99/$44.95 AUD/$59.95 NZD
  • 16Gb Memory Card – €49.99/£44.99/$64.95 AUD/$84.95 NZD

And here are the peripherals that will be available at launch:

  • AC adaptor – €9.99/£8.99/$12.95 AUD/$16.95 NZD
  • Portable charger – €49.99/£44.99/$64.95 AUD/$84.95 NZD
  • USB cable – €9.99/£8.99/$12.95 AUD/$16.95 NZD
  • In-ear headset – €19.99/£17.99/$26.95 AUD/$34.95 NZD
  • Starter kit – €24.99/ £21.99/$34.95 AUD/$44.95 NZD
  • Travel kit – €29.99/ £25.99/$39.95 AUD/$49.95 NZD

The thing to take note of here is that the bigger releases (Uncharted) are going for upwards of what converts to $60.00 USD. It’s no secret that the EU regions have traditionally had slightly different pricing schemes than North America but with new console games going for roughly the same price this is going to be one expensive portable. Couple the same-as-new-console-release priced games with the insanely expensive memory cards and it’s looking like the Vita will literally break the bank.

Update: According to the US Playstation blog “Pricing for all software will range from $9.99-$49.99 (MSRP) and will be available for purchase at retail locations as well as downloadable on the PlayStation Network.” It doesn’t look as grim, but in my mind $50.00 is still a lot to pay for a portable game.

Source: Playstation Blog EU

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