Proprietary Memory Sucks.
Gamestop released the prices for Vita Memory Cards, and the prices aren’t that sexy. I mean they might be small and pretty, but 120 dollars for a 32 gig card? That’s outrageous! On Amazon.com right now you can buy a 32 Gig SD card for $36!
Possible reasons why they cost more?
There might be some special reason, like write and read rate, there will be a lot of data going though these little cards at a quick pace, so you don’t want to have future games bogged down by a slow transfer rate (pop in sucks yo). Perhaps they didn’t have enough room for a regular SD card in the PSVita and had to make a smaller version so it would fit inside safely.
Actual Reasons why they cost more.
Because they’ve got us by the balls. They want to make money off the memory cards that they’re not making off the device itself, and they made it proprietary so that you’d have to buy Sony day one, because other companies can’t compete until they get their heads around the technology. The Vita card from what I understand will not be used in other Sony devices, and it’s not like your laptop is going to run this thing either. It sucks that this is proprietary but it isn’t really a surprise for anyone. Sony and Microsoft have been doing this for years in their devices, it seems like the only company that has it’s head out of it’s ass with this aspect is Nintendo, but sadly it’s head is up there in other areas. They’re doing this because it works though, the device costs less, but just like the original 360, a hard drive is pretty necessary (in the Vita’s case some games won’t run without memory cards installed!).
If you want to buy a PSVita with a 32 gig memory card and one game you’re looking at 410 dollars before tax. That shit is crazy for a handheld. The proprietary memory is a kick in the backside, but it’s one we’ve seen coming. I never thought they would be THIS expensive though….