Several PlayStation Vita games are seeing preorder price cuts (and one disappointing price increase) before the launch of the next-generation handheld gaming device planned of February 22.
Little Deviants, Wipeout 2048, Modnation Racers: Road Trip, Reality Fighters, and Hot Shots Golf: World Invitation, which cost $39.99 previously, are currently available for $29.99 (via Amazon, GameStop and others).
Sadly, it seems that the highly anticipated Uncharted: Golden Abyss for Vita rose in price from $39.99 to $49.99. There's little doubt that the next game in the Nathan Drake saga will be stunning and sell moderately well, but I feel a $50 retail price will turn off many gamers.
There is a certain sweet spot at $29 that Sony will have difficulty ignoring as time passes. I cannot envision a sustainable business model selling $50 triple-A portable games, regardless of the visuals or experience.
Sony's core audience is different these days, especially in this era of endless smartphone and tablet games priced under $10. Sure, dedicated gaming buttons are nice, but people have gotten used to not having them to get a quick gaming fix. $29 is a stretch to many people, but $49 is a completely different ball game.
It is difficult to predict how the quad-core Vita with its buttons, joysticks, unique inputs, and expensive games will perform in 2012.