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

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.

Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

Contact Alan Ng: alan@product-reviews.net

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Bradley Kelly

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.

Paranoimia

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… Read more »

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