PS Vita 3G teardown puts Sony’s cost at $159

The guys at UBM TechInsights busted open a PS Vita 3G to pull together a figure for the cost of materials. The total comes in at a dick-punching $159.10. According to the breakdown on Eurogamer, the majority of the cost goes to the display and touchscreens ($50). The quad-core processor that powers this little wonder only costs $16. Of course, this doesn’t figure in assemby cost, development, handling and other costs. Still, this version will retail in the US for $299. Sony is probably making over $100 a piece on these babies.

While it sucks knowing this now, we can at least take comfort in knowing that there’s room for a price cut later.

There’s some really cool teardown shots on TechInsights. Be sure to check out the color coded board shots with labels for all the chips and bits.

Dale North