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Vita launch games in UK cost 17% more on PSN than at retail

Saturday, 25th February 2012 15:33 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

SavyGamer has posted list of titles available for the recently launched Vita, and it looks as though the games will cost folks in the UK 17% more when purchasing through PSN instead of through retail.

The pricing scheme is contradictory to a statement given to Shack in January, when a Sony representative told the site: “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.”

SavyGamer also noted that while the prices listed are “release prices” and will likely go down at retail, PSN prices “only drop when Sony and/or the publishers decide it is time.”

Looking over the list posted, the price difference between retail and PSN looks to be a tenner on average – give or take a few pounds.

The biggest price difference we noticed was with Square’s Army Corps of Hell which is listed for £34.99 on PSN while Shopto has it for £19.85.

You can look over the full list compiled by Lewie through here.

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  1. Goffee

    Go buy the big games froma store, if only for the cute cases and saving memory card space.
    PSN is good for the MotorStorms and Stardusts of this world

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Dragon246

    Sony needs to get its act together in this part. It completely destroys the purpose of digital distribution which sony so proudly announced for vita.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. OrbitMonkey

    PSN is cheaper than going into a bricks and mortar store. Uncharted in Gamestation is £45, but £40 on PSN for example.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Aimless

    The PSN discount on the RRP of Vita games actually appears to be bigger in the UK than America. The ‘problem’ is that prices over here are so competitive, with stores constantly undercutting each other, whereas that doesn’t seem to happen nearly as much in the US.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Moonwalker1982

    @1

    I agree, i bought a 4GB memory card because i refuse to pay anything more than 20 euros for a memory card. I’ll only use it for the games like Tales from space,Escape plan and such. And games like Shinobido 2, Uncharted 2, Wipeout, etc…all in the stores.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. DrDamn

    Sony titles and some other publishers are selling their PSN titles cheaper than RRP. That was all the statement they gave was ever going to mean and it’s what has happened. Hopefully people vote with their virtual wallets and give publishers like EA and Sega a good slap for charging full RRP. Sony can’t possibly guarantee to be cheaper than every possible retailer. The reality is that they are still heavily reliant on high street retail.

    Personally I have gone digital for anything reasonably priced and that I will want to keep for any decent length of time. An extra couple of quid for EG is well worth having it there and available at all times. It’s what handheld gaming is all about. I went for a 16Gb memory card that’s plenty. I can archive off games to the ps3 or PC when I no longer play them and make room for more.

    #6 2 years ago