How The Vita Might Bite You In The Ass

When Sony revealed the PS Vita's pricing earlier this year, the WiFi only model was announced for US$249.99 and the 3G/WiFi model was announced at $US299.99. That's true. That's how much the hardware costs. But if you want to play some great games, then ready your wallet and pony up cash.

As previously posted, some Vita games will require memory cards for game saves. Those titles include Uncharted: Golden Abyss, which, if you are sane and buying a Vita, you'll be picking up. Obviously, if you are bonkers, you won't be.

Also, as previously posted, several types of memory cards will be available: 4GB (¥2,200 or US$29), 8GB (¥3,200 or $US42), 16GB (¥5,500 or $US72), and 32GB (¥9,500 or $US124).

This means if you plan on saving, say, your Uncharted: Golden Abyss games, then you'll need to buy one of these Memory Cards. This Dec. if you buy a 4GB memory card and a Vita in Japan, you'll be spending the rough equivalent of $US279. If you go all out and buy a Vita and 32GB memory card, you'll be spending the rough equivalent of $US374.

The figures are slightly inflated due to the exchange rate. Moreover, Sony Computer Entertainment of America hasn't provided details about Vita memory card pricing for North America.

The Vita doesn't (yet) feature the same mammoth internal storage that the PS3 does—or even that most MP3 players do. Sony might have taken out the internal memory to lower the price and compete with the 3DS. Eventually, I wouldn't be surprised if sizable internal memory came to the Vita. But for now, don't expect to smack down $US250 for a Vita and then be able to save whatever games come your way.


Comments

    What's that? It's exactly the same story as with the PSP, only more convenient since there are some games that don't require a memory card? How shocking! I feel utterly betrayed by this revelation!

      Funny, I remember people defending the insanely inflated memory card prices with things like "stop complaining, you don't need to use them to save games so you're not forced to buy them...".

        And I seem to recall the PSP came with a basic memory card for saving games. I don't think the Vita does the same.

          The original did. However when I bought one for my daughter's birthday last year I was shocked to find they don't do that anymore. So my kid had games and a PSP but no way of saving. Oops.

    fuck it. i got money. power to me! WOOOO bring on vita!

      I like this guy!

      I'm with Jim Smith, I work to buy toys.

    "Sony might have taken out the internal memory to lower the price and compete with the 3DS"

    Rubbish. Internal memory would have added a few dollars to their production cost. This is purely a money grab by Sony because they know they can get away with it, and their shareholders will thank them for it.

    Are these asshats high, $US124 + fuck u for living in australia tax for a 32gb memory card to save some games.LOL Goodluck with that shit.

    Now all Sony need is an 'optional' slide pad.... ;)

    At least with the psp you could use Memory Sticks on other devices.

      Other Sony devices,and precious few of them. It was still a proprietary format (Memory Stick Duo) that only really worked with a few select things. And not many since Sony almost immediately abandoned it for everything but the PSP. :P

      I have a PSP Phat and loved it. But the Vita is a non starter for me just because I live in Oz and am tired of being penalized for it.

    who cares.. your getting twice the handheld that is 3DS for only a bit more.. sounds about what i would of expected to be paying.

    Stop complaining, get a job you lazy bums, I have money, so I can buy it.

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