The PlayStation Vita has just got itself a tasty price cut over in the States, with Sony stores now selling the handheld for $199.97 (£135).

This represents a $100 saving with the console and puts it in the same price bracket as the Nintendo 3DS. The 3G Vita sale also comes with a free 8GB memory card and a free game if you commit to a data plan.

This price drop could mean that Sony is planning to cut production of the 3G handheld, to focus on the cheaper Wi-Fi-only alternative. Both consoles are priced equally in Japan, leaving consumers to decide if they want an always-on data connection or not.

Once the PS4 launches, the PS Vita should get quite a sales boost, because it will offer a second-screen experience with the new console. We wouldn't be surprised either if Sony offered a stripped-back PS Vita that is even cheaper, to bring more gamers to the PS4.

No news on a cheaper UK offering, or if the Wi-Fi model will be getting a price cut, but given the current fortunes of the Vita we wouldn't be surprised. 

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Hunter Skipworth

The baby of the Lint team, Hunter has been a tech fan since he bought his first MiniDisc..and what a waste of money that was. He began writing about electronics at the age of 16 and hasn't stopped since. Nowadays he fulfils his mobile phone and gaming obsession whilst attempting to distract people from his bizarre name. Regular meetings with the Gladiators crew see Hunter often returning to work battered and bruised. Considers himself a music obsessive, was once the most highly decorated scout in the country. Fan of trousers.

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