Last month, Sony finally announced a global release date for its upcoming PlayStation Vita console, revealing the system would ship worldwide beginning February 22, 2012. Later, the publisher outlined the console's game transfer fees, saying that players who wish to play their PSP UMD-based titles on the Vita will have to repurchase them at a discounted price.
Now, retailer GameStop has revealed prices for the four memory cards that will be available with the new console. The 4GB memory card will cost $29.99; the 8GB will cost $44.99; the 16GB will cost $69.99; and the 32GB memory card will cost $119.99, almost half the price of the PlayStation Vita itself. The 3G-enabled console will retail for $299, while the Wi-Fi-only version will retail for $249.
Earlier this year, Sony Computer Entertainment America senior staff developer support engineer Chris Norden reiterated that retail PS Vita games will come on 2GB and 4GB game cards and revealed the 3G version of the PS Vita will only be able to download games up to 20MB in size as a result of 3G mobile carrier restrictions. Norden clarified that Vita owners will still be able to download larger games using the system's Wi-Fi functionality.
When comparing prices of the Vita memory cards to PSP memory cards, the differences are as follows: SanDisk Gaming Memory Stick PRO Duo cards for the PSP in 2GB, 4GB, and 8GB are currently priced at $18.99, $37.99, and $50.99, respectively. A Sony 32GB Memory Stick PRO Duo is currently priced at $125.
The GameStop Vita hub also lists a number of accessories for the console, including carrying cases, an AC adapter, official headset, portable charger, car adapter, card cases, protective films, headphones, and more. The PlayStation Vita Starter Kit (priced at $24.99) includes six of the accessories: pocket pouch, car adapter, protective film, card case, headphones, and a cleaning cloth.
According to a Sony Computer Entertainment Australia representative, the publisher has "not yet announced software, accessory, and peripheral prices for PS Vita in Australia."
The PlayStation Vita is due to launch in Japan on December 17, in some other Asian territories on December 23, in Europe and North America on February 22, 2012, and in Australia on February 23, 2012.
For more on the system, check out GameSpot's extensive PS Vita Inside & Out hardware feature.