PSP Minis Not Priced To Compete With iPhone Counterparts

Russ broke down the best and worst of Sony’s new PSP go earlier today, and the price tag definitely falls in the latter category. Sadly for owners’ wallets, the downloadable casual-gamer-oriented releases now available for the system followed suit. PSP Minis, seven of which premiered along with the PSP go, currently sport price points up to twice what their counterparts ask for on the iPhone App Store.

The first wave of Minis, including “Alien Havoc,” “Brainpipe” and “Sudoku,” run from $4.99 to $9.99, as pointed out over on Pocket Gamer. Those first three fall into the $4.99 bracket. A step up from them are “Funky Punch,” “Hero of Sparta” and “Fieldrunners” at $6.99, and “Tetris” at $9.99.

To put these prices in perspective, Sudoku games in the iPhone App Store popularly range from free to $2.99, with couple of exceptions. A full version of “Funky Punch” caps out at $3.99, “Hero of Sparta” runs a full $4 less at $1.99, and “Tetris” tops even that difference with a $4.99 price tag.

Maybe there are extra licensing expenses at work. Maybe the development costs are higher. But in cases where the games were already developed and just needed to be be ported over to a new platform, these differences are a bit surprising. In fact, for anyone who already has an iPhone or iPod touch, there doesn’t appear to be a whole lot of incentive in play to start downloading PSP Minis just yet.

What do you think of Sony’s new PSP Minis prices? Do you see a compelling reason to download for the PSP if you have the option of downloading from Apple’s App Store? Share your opinions in the comment section below.