The price drop came a few months ago. Vitas and Vita bundles are now $199 across the board. The The Walking Dead Bundle gets gamers the Vita, a 4GB memory card, Walking Dead Season 1 and the Walking Dead 400 Days. Most of the other bundles include a game and a memory card. Memory cards have also dropped in price. Here are two examples from Amazon, the 32GB card used to be $100 now its $72-ish. The 16GB card used to be over $50 and now it's under $40. The price drops will serve as a way to get more Vitas into more people’s hands.
The big announcement of the slimmer Vita caught gamers by surprise. The smaller system is coming out in Japan soon and Sony would be smart to bring the Vita Slim to the West. The system will be 20% thinner and 15% lighter. There will be a better battery, and 1GB of internal storage. The new Vita will sell for $199.
The announcement of PS Vita TV was probably the most intriguing. This may have the most potential. The easiest way to describe Vita TV is that it's a streaming device like a Roku or Apple TV with a lot of gaming options. It will support streaming media connect, play PSP, PS1, and Vita games. Vita TV will also support remote play with the PS4. There are two models launching in Japan in November. One will be $100 and the other will be around $150 and it includes the PS Vita TV, a Dualshock 3, and a 8GB memory card. Hopefully, this makes its way across the Pacific.
Outside of the hardware announcements and price drops on memory, the games that are out now and the games coming out are also reasons to pick up the Vita. PS+ is delivering great games on the Vita for free. Games such as Dragon Fantasy Book II, Uncharted, Zero Escape, Sly Cooper, PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, and Dragon’s Crown. Gamers are going to get great games such as Tearaway, Batman: Arkham Origins, Borderlands 2 and many more. The streaming of games from the PS4 should be another reason to pick up the Vita. Speaking of games, I saw a lot of Vita games at PAX, this goes to show there is a good amount of support for the system from the Indie scene and from the AAA developers. All of the great benefits of PS+ and free games means Sony is pushing the system hard. I remember a few months ago there was the rumor of the PS4 and Vita bundle coming out in Europe. Say the whole bundle was $500 or $550, I think a lot of gamers would run out and get both systems that way.
Will all of these changes be enough to keep an interest in the Vita? Possibly, as long as Sony continues to support the Vita and makes sure the memory cards come down in price I think it still has a chance to carve out a niche of the market share. The remote play and PS+ support is enough for me to stop putting this off and go and purchase one.