Earlier this week, Sony announced they would be cutting the price of the PlayStation Vita by 5,000 yen, but to our dismay it looks as though the savings will not be offered in other regions. According to PlayStation’s Shuhei Yoshida’s statement on Feb. 21, the company has no plans to cut the price of the Vita outside Japan.
"When you compare the pricing of PS Vita across regions because of the value of the Yen, in Japan the system has been priced the highest," Yoshida said. "We have been selling the PS Vita for 25,000 Yen — that's more than $250 when you compare the exchange rate. It's a region-by-region based decision, always."
Yoshida, along with other representatives, went on to say the company also has no plans to cut the costs of the Vita’s memory cards, which have been widely criticized for their high cost to capacity ratio. The cheapest variant, a 4GB card, costs $19.99 in the United States, while the 32GB model costs $99.