By Prarthito Maity | Mar 12, 2013 10:07 AM EDT
Since the arrival of the PlayStation Vita, Sony has faced a number of problems with the handheld gaming device, even when there have been some positive reviews about the device, and now there could be more in the cards.
Sony could be looking forward to discontinue the 3G model of the current generation handheld gaming console PlayStation Vita after a recent price cut on the model, according to reports.
It has been revealed that Sony is already selling the 3G-equipped PS Vita for $199.97 at some of its stores, saving buyers about $100 off the handheld’s listed price. Now Joystiq is reporting that a number of Sony stores in the U.S. are also offering the deal.
Moreover, apart from a $100 price cut on the 3G model of the handheld, the deal is also offering an 8GB memory card and free downloadable game ( provided the buyer is willing to sign up for a data plan). Some store representatives have even stated that the deal is happening because Sony is planning to get rid of the 3G model.
“An employee at the Denver location surmised this was a permanent price drop due to a discontinuation of the model and said there was no time frame on the sale in his system, which means Sony can end the sale whenever,” the report states. “The New Jersey and Las Vegas locations also told me the 3G model was being discontinued, while an employee in Seattle said the sale would only last until Sunday. Other locations still had old pricing in their systems and had no idea what I was asking about – and Sony has yet to bring the price down online.”
Although nothing has been confirmed by the company officially, this is new information regarding a PS Vita price cut after the same happened last month in Japan when Sony announced a price cut for the handheld.
It was stated that starting Feb. 28, both the Wi-Fi and 3G models of Vita would sell for 19,980 yen (about $215), which was a fifth off the then-current price of 24,980 yen for the Wi-Fi model, and a third in the case of the 3G model.
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