[Update] PlayStation Vita and PS4 Price Cuts May Be Coming This Year

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[Update 05/25/15, 11:04 am: ]

Disappointing news for some, an update has come in the form of another tip from WholesomeGamer reader “Robert. ”

Since the story broke, it seems that the information that was on the originally leaked document has all been updated. PlayStation and its sponsors probably caught wind of the story and saw fit to update the information. The contest rules no longer lists the ARV (average retail value) but rather lists the MSRP (manufacture suggested retail price). These prices are a little more in line with current prices. The current information on the contest can be seen below:

new prices


The prices now show:

  • PS4 at $399
  • PlayStation Vita at $199

So for now, this seems to put to rest any hopes for a price cut – at the moment.

(Original story can be seen below) 



A major PlayStation Vita price cut and a moderate PS4 price drop may be coming sooner than later. Thanks to a tip from WholesomeGamer reader “Robert” we have reason to believe that this could indeed be coming.

Treat this as a rumor: PlayStation has an official retail loyalty site where verified video games retail employees in North America can sign up to learn about products and win prizes. On this retail loyalty site, a new promotion is running where members have the opportunity to win a PS4 and PS Vita among other items. When you look at the rules, it lists the value of these items – the ARV (average retail value). The ARV is generally the regular price that you’ll find items sold for in a store. For example, most stores sell the PS4 at $399. The PlayStation Vita can usually be found at $199. However, the rules list the ARV’s for these items at a lower price. They are as follows (seen in image below):


  • PlayStation 4 – $349 (a $50 price drop)
  • PlayStation Vita – $89 (a whopping $110 price drop)

You may also note in the picture that a PlayStation TV is listed at $99. This is the regular price for the PS TV bundle so it does not seem that there is a price change there (although most retailers sell it at a lower sale price). The rules do not mention which models of these gaming systems will be awarded, so it is entirely possible that the Vita may be the original model with a depreciated value versus the newer 2000 series (slim) for example.

Does this mean that a price drop really is coming? Maybe. Many expected at least a $50 drop for the PS4 sometime this year. Others have been asking for another Vita price cut but I still have doubts for a price cut that major, unless 1) It’s the older out of production model or 2) Sony plans on discontinuing the Vita altogether. Only time will tell.

E3 2015 arrives in just under a month on June 15th. It’s possible that we will hear more news at that time.

For now, sound off in the comments below! Do you think a price cut is coming?


  • Great news for me if it’s true, since i’m not a next-gen console owner yet:)

    • Davy Jones


  • PhantomVash808

    I would definitely pick up a Vita at that price.

    • G.

      In my honest opinion, I don’t think the Vita should get a price cut *that* low. If anything, $169.99 is justifiable if the memory cards had a price cut as well.

      The main thing Sony needs to do with the Vita is restart a marketing campaign the likes of what we saw with the PS4 and make sure that big and popular franchises from third parties come to the Vita with exclusive versions.

      • I was listening to some podcast where they were discussing what went wrong with the Vita (I mean lets face it, that thing never did quite live up to the potential and hopes that Sony had for it). Uncharted Golden Abyss set a precedent for the handheld that couldn’t be surpassed. Even in my own opinion, although the controls could be a little tedious at times, Golden Abyss was one of the better entries in the franchise. The same thing happened with Killzone Mercenary. That was my favorite entry into the Killzone franchise, and now nothing I play on the Vita can top that. There were so few games that fully lived up to the hype that Sony had set for the console that now everyone sees it as an underpowered machine.

        • A Parker

          I think it just ended up being an epic peace of hardware for a different niche than they intended. I don’t get a lot of time to couch game, and with all the cross-buy titles, including playstation plus stuff, I think I’ve played my vita virtually everyday since I got it a couple of years ago since I always have a ton of enjoyable (granted not AAA) games to play.

          That’s where I played stealth inc, guacamelee, rayman legends, fez, hohokum, sound shapes, retro city rampage, swapper, thomas was alone, etc… none of which was exclusive to the vita, but freed up my limited couch time for AAA games like Destiny, watch dogs, shadow of morder, etc..

          Perfect device for me, shame it wasn’t marketed more efficiently and for silly decisions like proprietary memory cards :-)

      • PhantomVash808

        I really want Sony to just release a Vita 3000 model that is the exact same as the 2000 except changes the memory card format to SD cards and has a built in HDMI out. HDMI out shouldn’t be to hard considering they are part of Vitas dev kit units. I would pay $200 if they released a Vita with these changes especially the different memory card format. Honestly the memory card situation is the Vita’s biggest hurdle for most people.

      • A Parker

        I second memory card price cut. I’m still rocking my original 8gb card which is silly.

        • Nonscpo


  • NoNeedToArgue

    seems likely

  • tootru

    Ps4 price cut cauze they see all the stuff that xbox has. Better games by far coming on xbox one in 2015. Digital TV tuner, tv dvr, windows 10, directx12, focus on first party exclusives. Ps4 is a dud. Ps4 price cut means sony babkruptcy sooner. Bad move.

    • Tootru-Is-A-Moron

      PS4 is a dud? Lol have fun with that half assed tv box that maybe can play current gen games.

  • whatchamacallit

    I would love for the PS4 to get a price cut, but I have my doubts. Especially for that Vita price, like wow.

  • If Sony plans on unveiling these numbers at E3, you can most definitely expect that those Vitas especially will be selling like hotcakes. Considering that people buying the Vita most likely already have a PS4, the PlayStation Plus use on that little thing is incredible.

    • Nonscpo

      Agreed, though what I would prefer is a price drop of the memory card and the localization of the 64GB memory stick.

  • [Edited] the Vita is dead lel

    • Nonscpo

      lel edited?

  • A Parker

    I can’t imagine that big of a price drop for the vita, so I think this is must a mistake somehow. Some price drop is reasonable, but there’s a lot of $$ shoved into the little vita, so they may not be able to come down too much.

    That said, I’d love a $150 vita, since I don’t know how much longer my current one will hold out. I actually ordered a replacement battery which I’m hoping to elegantly replace myself (fingers crossed), so that should by me some time. but the way I’m mashing “o” in freedom wars is likely to end its life sooner :-)

    Here’s hoping for some price drop anyway.

    • Nonscpo

      If smashing buttons into Freedom War is causing wear/tear on your system, why not buy a PSTV instead? There pretty cheap these day’s, this whole week there have been some crazy prices online, I mean who passes up on microconsole for under 50 bucks?

      • A Parker

        I’ve been sorely tempted, believe me. Budget is tight, but if it stays there for long I’ll probably give in. In the mean time, we technically haven’t heard who won the PSTVs from wholesomegamer’s giveaway before so I have that faint hope in the back of my mind too ;-)

        Do you own both? Find yourself using the PSTV option often to fill out your otherwise portable experience?

        • Nonscpo

          Yeah I own both and at the 40-50 price online I would tell anyone to pick one up. Your gonna come across some day’s were all you wanna do is smash button on a fighting game or a monster hunting game. Besides 2D games look gorgeous on an HD Television, Dangan Ronpa simply looks glorious.

  • ThomasNeidhart

    put the VITA in my hands at a very cheap price, 100-125,and I’ll buy a
    memory card and a few games, and encourage my couple friends who play
    occasionally to get one.

  • Francois-Quebec Tremblay

    Upgrade memory card at 128gb or 256 gb. Too Small memory card for vita. Good console and versatile but if you want buy game or movies you must erase anytime your Stuff . Too
    Small i like console but i buy nintendo memory card cheap price and biggest is possible!

  • G.

    Well, at least now the PS4 price drop is official. :p

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