PS Vita parts teardown- less than $160

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Jan 23, 2012
  1. insidexdeath
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    Sony's profit is almost 50% with each unit sold

    PS Vita teardown reveals that its real value is less than $160

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    Mod edit- tweaked the title a bit from "PS Vita worths less than $160"
     
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    This basically means that the 3DS is about $90 worth according to your logic.

    As said in the quote itself - you have to add R&D, testing, distribution, the machines necessary to solder the units, the molds, tons upon tons of wages for the workers, programmers etc. etc. NO, it is NOT worth $160.
     
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    I'm pretty sure he said that in a round about way, look below, it was just a tear down of the hardware

     
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    "engineering is not included"

    What's the fucking point then?

    God....
     
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    That's a quote from the source site, not his words. He said "The real value of the Vita is $160 bucks" and it is not.
     
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    I posted this info in a link yesterday in the sh*tstorm topic but for ease of reference -

    http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2012-01-20-is-the-playstation-vita-worth-230

    So that's $160 for the Vita and $101 for the 3DS. $90 wasn't a bad guess.
     
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    i don't think anyone can beat microsoft with kinect.
     
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    There's still room for a price drop though even if the engineering is not included and if we also count the over priced memory card, then I think Sony somehow is earning a big profit from each Vita sold.
     
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    Please show me another portable with similar specs, the same connectivity methods, including b/g/n Wi-Fi, GPS and 3G and a lower pricetag. Then we'll talk.
     
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    Oh so just because it has much to offer they have the right to over price it? Ok I'm done with this.
     
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    I wouldn't be surprised to see a drop of £20-30 GBP in the coming months. Nothing like the price drop we've seen on the 3DS however purely because the console production costs would be higher.
     
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    It's not overpriced, it's priced accordingly to its specs. iPhones are overpriced, the 3DS at launch was overpriced - the Vita is priced perfectly fine.
     
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    I'd consider the Vita priced perfectly fine if they didn't include the Memory Card, but with that Memory Card, it's considered over priced.
     
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    The memory card is indeed overpriced - I never said it is not. What I said is that the unit itself is priced just fine.

    I won't argue with the fact that an SD/MSPDuo derrivative is given the price of golden tears of dragons.
     
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    $160 sounds about right for the production cost.(They have included $30 as "other" that must be for wages,transportation, R&D etc.)

    I think a price collapse to $199.99 is inevitable. It's what the current sentiment or the lack of demand for Vita suggests. Sony should consider it and consider it soon. :)
     
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    "Other" means PCB's, soldering equipment, misc. parts etc.

    The quote states clearly that engineering is not included, and the prices only reffer to the actual price of each part after a teardown, so distribution isn't there either.
     
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    Ah! I see... I say $20 should be more than enough for a rough estimate of that cost. $180 for the Vita. They will still earn $20 from each unit which is fair, considering they are fucking with the consumers with ridiculously expensive proprietary memory cards, and those are a MUST to even launch a game. :)
     
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    You really underestimate the costs of several years of development, testing and later distribution world-wide. They would not earn $20 - they would lose money. I'm pretty sure they're stretching it as it is at the moment.

    First they have to make up for Dev costs, then they'll drop the price a bit.
     
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    Wasn't it already stated somewhere that they'll lose money on the Vita?
     
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    Sony fanboy much?

    The way I see it, the price people are prepared to pay is the 'right price' if nobody buys it because of the price tag, then it obviously isn't the right price.
     

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