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Sony Pulling Same Proprietary Stunt As Ever With PS Vita Memory Cards

By David Ponce

While it shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone, we find it frustrating to discover that Sony will likely be selling overpriced, proprietary and (worst of all) sometimes required memory cards with the upcoming PS Vita. Prices will range from $30 for a 4GB card, all the way up to $120 for the 32GB version. Bad as this is on its own, 7 of the 21 launch titles (in Japan) will not work at all without one of the memory cards. A standard 32GB SD card costs somewhere in the $40 to $60 range. Prospective owners of the PS Vita are going to get gouged, once again.

This is nothing new, as anyone who’s been watching Sony over the last few decades well knows. From the failed Betamax, to MiniDiscs to freaking MemorySticks, Sony always goes its own ways and follows no standards. While there was a time when they could almost get away with it, the consumer electronics landscape is changing and we look forward to the day when these clearly abusive and arrogant tactics come back to bite them in the ass.

The PS Vita launches December 17 in Japan, and February 2012 in the US.

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  • Anonymous

    Yep, classic example of sony. I remember reading about a Sony exec that said UMD would not be used on the next gen handheld, RIGHT after the psp came out!

    It works though, people will go out and buy these cards because they need to. Whereas if it used a SD card, I have about 5 extras laying around my house right now. 

    Those are pretty small. I wonder if it would be possible to make a MicroSD to psVita card adapter.

  • Anonymous

    Yep, classic example of sony. I remember reading about a Sony exec that said UMD would not be used on the next gen handheld, RIGHT after the psp came out!

    It works though, people will go out and buy these cards because they need to. Whereas if it used a SD card, I have about 5 extras laying around my house right now. 

    Those are pretty small. I wonder if it would be possible to make a MicroSD to psVita card adapter.