W hen news came down this week that the Japanese version of the PS Vita would be receiving a price cut (from 25,000 Yen to 19,980), there was speculation similar cuts would be seen in other regions. But PlayStation’s Shuhei Yoshida said not to hold your breath.
“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 told Joystiq.com. “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.”
It was also reported that Sony’s proprietary PS Vita memory cards would not be receiving any price cuts at this time, either.
The news comes a day after Sony unveiled its new PlayStation 4, and hinted that the Vita would play a huge role in the future of the console. The Vita hasn’t sold extremely well, so many thought a price cut would be a given, considering the role the console will play with the PS4 and in hopes of spurring sales. The Japanese market also received a Vita with a white color scheme, but no word if that model will become available in the US either.