Sony PS Vita: US memory card prices revealed – Will you pay extra?

By Alan Ng - Nov 28, 2011

As Japan prepares for the imminent release of Sony’s successor to the PSP handheld console, a recent US price listing for the PS Vita’s separate proprietary memory cards at GameStop may be seen as a shock to the system, especially if you were thinking that they would be reasonably priced.

The PS Vita will launch on December 17 and December 23 in Japan and Hong Kong respectively, but those of you in the US and UK will have to wait until February 22 to get your hands on the device.

If you have been keeping a close eye on the PS Vita, you’ll probably already know about the price points for the two versions, as a WiFi model will set you back $249, while a 3G + WiFi model will cost $299USD. The unassuming consumer may take it for granted that a memory card will be included with the price for both models, but we already know this isn’t the case, as consumers will have to fork out an extra fee to buy one of Sony’s new memory card formats for the Vita.

GameSpot has now given a potential insight into how much these cards are going to cost, and it isn’t pretty. According to their website, the standard 4GB PS Vita card will come in at $29.99. There are three other storage options available at either 8GB, 16GB or the maximum 32GB, but you’ll have to fork out $44.99, $69.99 or an incredible $119.99 for the 32GB card respectively.

The fact that Sony does not include a 4GB card inside their Vita package and the confirmation that some games require a memory card in the system to operate, is causing a lot of frustration and it may be the key reason why many gamers choose to pick this up after launch when it becomes cheaper, or get one when a third-party manufacturer develops a cheaper alternative to Sony’s seemingly mad prices for their new proprietary memory cards.

At the moment though, no company has stepped up to the plate on this task, leaving consumers with a decision on whether or not to bite the bullet and cough up the cash since there’s no other way around it.

If you are currently interested in picking up a PS Vita, what are your thoughts on this? Are you angry that the company are not including a 4GB card with every Vita purchase? Don’t forget to check out a full game list here.

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  • Surely it most proberly be cheaper from another manufacturer? That’s usually the case, like for example, the SD cards with the Nintendo design SD cards, they cost more then the other ones.

  • Not angry at all. I actually think the prices for the cards are reasonable, given that 32GB Memory Sticks were around double that when they first arrived just a few years ago.

    I have a sneaking suspicion that after the rampant piracy on the PSP, these have been created to include some new/extra security measures not supported by the other card formats. Otherwise, I don’t see why they’d come up with yet another card format when the old MagicGate Memory Sticks would be adequate.After all, every other Sony product uses Memory Stick, and more recently, they’ve begun to support the SD format in many of their devices, like digital cameras. With that in mind, I can’t see them creating another format without good reason.

    • Robb_0909

      These prices are crazy!

      I have a vita pre-ordered and am very excited about it but this announcment has made me second think the whole thing.I understand they need to make up for selling the vita so cheap but come on…

      • I’m in the UK, and given the  relative difference between the US/UK price of the Vita itself, these will most likely translate to between £89 and £99 here. I agree they’re not cheap, but as I said, given the price of equivalent 32GB Memory Sticks just a few years back, they could have been much worse.

        I’ve currently shown the US prices to 2 other people in Europe (one in Ireland, the other in Denmark) and they both agree with me that the prices aren’t too bad.

        In fact, taking the 16GB unit, $69.99 at current exchange rates is £45.15 – and some UK retailers are still selling Sony-branded 16GB Memory Sticks for £54.49. So you can see why it doesn’t look that bad.