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Onibaka said:
$3 for a Battery??

This article lost all the credibility after that. A battery should cost at least $20, probably even more.

Maybe if you're buying it individually at a store, which would include a small mark up from the manufactorer's price.  You have to remember that all of these things are being bought in large quantities, directly from manufactorers, so the prices will be quite a bit lower.

@ OP

I think he may be lowballing some of the prices, but probably not by too much.  This shows that Sony is probably aking a little profit in Japan, and will probably be breaking even or maybe taking a very small loss in the US and EU.  I also wouldn't be too surprised to see a small cut right before the holidays that shouldn't hurt Sony too much.  Well, if the Vita drops like it did in Japan in the US/EU, anyway.



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Onibaka said:
$3 for a Battery??

This article lost all the credibility after that. A battery should cost at least $20, probably even more.


No.

You pay $20+ for a lithium battery in store....But cost to Sony is approx $5, give or take 2 bucks.

 

 

That said, I don't believe all of their estimates either, such as $19 for a 4 core processor...that doesn't seem to add up.



The cost break down seems wrong, and it doesn't look at the Yen cost either which is the number SONY really care about. Personally i think the Wi-Fi version is ~$180 and the 3G ~$190 for parts, add in labor, shipping, external costs and its probably about ~$240 (Wi-Fi), ~$260(3G) to get the Vita into a store, assuming the store makes $5-$15 per unit the Wi-Fi version is probably break-even or a small loss after currency exchange while the 3G version should generate a small profit.

Still i think SONY would of been better off dropping the 3G, Camera's, Sixaxis parts(Gyroscope, motion senses) and saving $15-20 on the total cost (which might of also allowed them to launch at $199 to break even with game sales.



it was already confirmed they were losing 60 dollars per vita sold now where are you getting these rough guess figures from 1 dollar 29 cents for camera I don't think so or else stand alone cameras would cost dirt cheap . there is more here then your putting in . aside from the fact it cost more then a dollar for camera's alone,
the fact it has 2 camera's and other beefy features the battery alone would probably cost 20 dollars to the consumer if bought seperately maybe even more

then you factor shipping cost that sony does in fact get charged to ship to stores and such .
then theres marketing. for the Vita . box everything add's up buddy. your talking about a portable /near portable PS 3. with that in mind. I don't trust anything but officail sources I stopped reading after camera-1 dollar 29 cents  if that were true. these standalone camera companies are highway robbery! 



Zim said:
Tridrakious said:

Uncharted: Golden Abyss was made in a little bit under a year. Developement started in 2011 and finished in 2011. It's the best reviewed game for the Vita so far (I haven't checked in about a week or two though, might have changed). Sony is making a strong profit in Japan. Things will turn around once the games come.


... No chance at all that Uncharted:GA was made in under a year. When it was shown in January 2011 it was clearly pretty far along, it had already been in development for months and months. I would guess maybe 18 months for development.


The studio that made it, Sony Bend, last released a game in 2009, Resistance Retribution, so they definitely had 2 years

I am not quite sure that I agree with this price, while I know that retailers take a cut, I thought the traditional model was for them to take a small cut on the hardware, but make money on the software.

HOWEVER, I have a completely unproven theory without any evidence at all, which is that retailers are taking a larger cut due to the focus on digital software, which I think is the reason for the PSP go's stupid price

Given that they started making a $200 loss JUST from the manufacturing costs of the PS3 versus sale price, this is looking much healtheir financially, but does also show that there is room to react if poor sales do spread throughout the world, but it isn't making me feel too bad about having gone and pre-ordered it yesterday (though I have ended up spending around £350....)



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goldeneye0074eva2222 said:

it was already confirmed they were losing 60 dollars per vita sold now where are you getting these rough guess figures from 1 dollar 29 cents for camera I don't think so or else stand alone cameras would cost dirt cheap . there is more here then your putting in . aside from the fact it cost more then a dollar for camera's alone,
the fact it has 2 camera's and other beefy features the battery alone would probably cost 20 dollars to the consumer if bought seperately maybe even more

then you factor shipping cost that sony does in fact get charged to ship to stores and such .
then theres marketing. for the Vita . box everything add's up buddy. your talking about a portable /near portable PS 3. with that in mind. I don't trust anything but officail sources I stopped reading after camera-1 dollar 29 cents  if that were true. these standalone camera companies are highway robbery! 

2 to 3 dollars for a cell phone'ish camera lens isn't too hard to believe.

Remember, Sony actually makes cameras.

 

 

And yeah, Typically When you buy a camera in store, you aren't getting any discount.  Sony does, however....and obviously they don't buy from stores.



The Vita is a fantastic handheld with a lot of potential.