UK In Shock As Retailers Price Vita Games Below RRP

[drop2]I don’t know about you, but my Twitter feed’s gone crazy with people shouting and moaning about PS Vita game prices.  Crazy.

Not that the pricing itself is a big surprise, but more that some outlets have gone with rather sensational headlines to bag some of those Monday hits.  “OMG UNCHARTED VITA IS £45 !1111!” went one.

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Well, it didn’t, but you get the idea.

The fact is that RRP prices are always high.  And retailers will, especially online, always sell them cheaper than that.  Sure, GAME and Co. will likely try to shove them out at the full whack, but if you pay RRP for anything then you’ve only got yourself to blame.

So here’s the skinny: Play.com are saying that Uncharted: Golden Abyss has an RRP of £45 and are selling it for £40.  Amazon are selling it for under £30.  Unless you’ve got any misplaced allegiance to Play, the sensible option is Amazon.

And that’s the story.  That’s it.

The fact is that Vita games might have a high RRP, but they won’t be that expensive even if you can muster little more than a cursory check on Amazon.

Still, Mondays, eh?

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38 Comments

  1. Just as with all other game platforms (an actually shed loads of other more important things, like food), the UK retail sector cuts prices, and cuts them REALLY hard.

    The rest of the EU and US and so on don’t have it anywhere near as good. Their cuts are much shallower, and take longer to appear. Take, for example, Saints Row 3. On Play today it’s £18 and £20 on Amazon! It’s been £25 quite regularly since just a fortnight after its initial release. On the US Amazon it’s $50, whilst the 360 version is $58, both much closer to RRP.

    So, what can we take away from this? That nothing has changed. RRP means next to nothing in the UK, but does in the rest of the world.

    • Annoyingly it seems to depend on what you’re buying – games, etc seem to get discounted heavily from launch but new hardware has an irritating habit of being locked to the RRP for a long long time.

    • Damn it. I just bought SR3 at £38. Its the Professer Genki edition though but £18 is tempting me to return it.

    • Tell me about it. Consumers can’t really complain too much in the UK because since moving to the US, I’ve noticed just how cheap things really are back home. The only noticeably cheaper thing here in the US is fuel and alcohol which in comparison to the UK, they’re practically giving away.

  2. OMG, I jk I jk but still!

  3. Hmmm, can’t imagine they would get many sales if they stuck to those crazy RRPs, especially when you consider I pre-ordered the new Resident Evil on 3DS today, complete with (ugly) circle-pad for a grand total of £30. As a few others have said already, handheld games shouldn’t be any higher than this sort of price.

  4. Yeah and they’ll be even cheaper to download

  5. Why aren’t there any PSV bundles? I want the wifi version with Uncharted and a memory card for £299.99.

    • It’s probably too early.
      Game and the like will probably sort out the bundles closer to release.

  6. £40 for Uncharted!! Damn, I’m sure it will be excellent but I’m not paying any more than £30 for the top Vita titles. I reckon they need to be in line with 3DS games at £25ish. Looks like Amazon it is then.

    • Agreed. Even Uncharted3 wasn’t worth £40! Uncharted 2 and Resident Evil 4 were the only two games I’ve ever bought for that sort of price and considered them money well spent

    • Its available from Amazon for £28 :)

    • I paid £100 for Uncharted 3 and was worth every penny!

      • :O Damn! I assume thats for the collectors edition with the statue, ring, etc? I’ll admit the extras looked great (I would happily pay £45 for the statue for example) but the actual game was pretty short and not really designed for a second playthrough

  7. So I’ve got my 16GB Vita card for £20 and Wipeout and Unit 13 for £60. Not bad. Just hope they don’t take all day to turn up like Sonic Generations did!

  8. “but if you pay RRP for anything then you’ve only got yourself to blame” – Whoa, kinda shows the European attitude, here the RRP for consumer goods is on the contrary a myth that never gets real, they never go as low as the RRP in the shops.

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