Sony PS Vita price drops to £197 ahead of launch

Sony's next-gen portable games console has dropped below the £200 thanks to Asda

Ahead of tomorrow's Sony PS Vita UK release date retailer Asda has become the first to drop the console below the £200 price mark

With just hours to go until the eagerly awaited Sony PS Vita UK release, Asda has kicked off the inevitable price wars revealing it will offer the next-gen portable games console for just £197.

Offering a saving of a smidge under the £33 mark the supermarket giant is the first to drop the Vita UK price below the coveted £200 mark with the offer to be made available to those who snap up the Wi-Fi enabled console either in store or online from midnight tonight.

Sony PS Vita Price

Usually priced £229.99 for the Wi-Fi only model or £279.99 for the Wi-Fi + 3G iteration, the Sony PS Vita is set to land tomorrow costing more than a new Xbox 360 or Sony PS3 console.

One of the most eagerly awaited gadgets of the year the Sony PS Vita is reportedly dominating Amazon’s pre-order charts with the console hitting the online retailer with a £209.99 price tag.

“14 of the top 20 positions in our video games pre-order chart are held by the PlayStation Vita console, games and accessories, which clearly illustrates the level of excitement that we are seeing around the product,” said Liz Hosmer, manager of video games at Amazon.co.uk Ltd. “The release of a console is always big news and the buzz created around the new technology and enhanced gameplay has ensured that the PlayStation Vita is a bestseller in our charts before it has even been released.”

Sony PS Vita Specs

Set to land with a quad-core ARM Cortex A9 processor the Sony PlayStation Vita boasts an impressive 5-inch OLED touchscreen display with front and rear mounted cameras to be joined by the usual array of PlayStation certified controls and a touch sensitive back plate for added command input options.

With the 940 x 554p resolution display helping pump out visually rich and impressive graphics, the Vita is the first next-gen high-end portable games console with Sony set to face stiff competition from the recent influx of impressive app-based smartphone gaming titles.

The Sony PS Vita is to be made available in both Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi + 3G forms with the latter allowing for improved portable gaming options as well as web browsing and social networking.

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