I’m super excited about getting my hands on the PlayStation Vita next February, but it seems the console and a few new games is going to cost me a lot more than I had anticipated on launch day. That’s because some Vita titles are currently being listed with £45 (approx. $70) price tags for those in the U.K., while memory cards for the handheld will start from £18 (approx. $28).
That’s according to Play.com, which has already begun listing Vita titles on its website. The recommended retail price for big games like Uncharted: Golden Abyss is £45, while other games like WipEout 2048 and Everybody’s Golf will fetch £35 (approx. $54). Low-end titles like Little Deviants and Reality Fighters can be obtained for £25 (approx. $39).
For memory cards, which are necessary for some PS Vita games, you can expect prices to start at £18 (approx. $28) for a 4GB model. That increases to £31 (approx. $48) for an 8GB card, and £45 (approx. $70) for the 16GB model.
When compared to U.S. prices, it would appear that British gamers will actually pay less for memory, while games will sometimes cost nearly twice as much. For example, Uncharted will cost those in the U.S. around $40, while a 4GB memory card will cost $29.99. That is, of course, before sales tax.
It’s also worth remembering that these prices are just recommended retail prices, and that some retailers will be selling them for less than that. Play.com, for example, is asking between £5 and £7 (approx. $8 and $10) less.
I’m still quite surprised by those prices, however. Especially when you consider PlayStation 3 titles like Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, Batman: Arkham City and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 cost less.
What do you think to those prices?