PS Vita memory card prices revealed - Retail Radar

GameStop listing for first-party PS Vita memory cards lists 4GB, 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB cards starting at US$30 and going to US$120; other Sony accessories revealed.

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.

Look for this PS Vita packaging when the system hits in February.

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.

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TyrionAenarion
TyrionAenarion

I think most waited release for Vita is custom firmware and at hardware and game prices it's no wonder, Sony is pissing in customers faces with attitude like that selling base console without memory stick, which is unusable that way off course... This marketing strategy is even more absurd if you compare Vita's graphic performance with today's best mobile phones and pads games(which cost 10x less), and are upgrading month to month, so I think Vita is doomed to failure in a year or less especially when Iphone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S3 come out.

kittygus
kittygus

Buy Vita at launch, play lbp online only for 3 weeks. Buy a memory card from a 3rd party at least $25 dollars off. or just wait till Sony drops the prices when Vita sales drop 2 months after launch. Problem solved.

XanderZane
XanderZane

$50.00 for a 8GB SanDisk Memory Stick Pro Duo for PSP? I don't think so. [url]http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p5197.m570.l1313&_nkw=SanDisk+8GB+Pro+Duo&_sacat=See-All-Categories[/url] Even at $44 it's a ripoff. As long as we can use this shouldn't even be a problem. I can't see anyone paying for Sony's overpriced memory cards for the PSP or PSVita. With many of the PSVita DLC games taking up 1-3GB each, it will probably be best to get at least 2 32GB memory cards. I got a 32GB card for my 3DS for under $50.

Soldier235689
Soldier235689

i got 16 g for my psp so I'm going to see how much space a vita game takes and choose from 16 or 32

Karzovis
Karzovis

Who else is just gonna wait for a Jailbreak to release?

dybbuk
dybbuk

I never bought a Duo. Felt it was ridiculous to pay such high prices when SD and Micro SD were so much cheaper. So I went to Ebay and bought a Micro SD to Duo adapter. Bought a 32 GB Micro SD on sale at Fry's for like $45 and gave Sony the......well you know.

Orbitz89
Orbitz89

I swear to god.. Sony is run by bloody chimps.

GTA-Like_Fan
GTA-Like_Fan

Damn ... This thing is so expensive, IMO anyone who think of getting one should wait a year till the prices go down wait for a package deal for atleast 50$ less with 2 games and a memory card.At that time you'll be able to buy used games for a decent price and if you're lucky you may even get a version with improved hardware. I'm not saying its not worth what they ask for but still for 250- 300$ + atleast 80$ for a memory card and a game .... I mean for this price you can nearly buy a PS3 AND a Wii in packages that comes with game(s) or even a decent laptop .... Looks awesome tho lol

Infinity_Gauntl
Infinity_Gauntl

@Silinel Sorry for not being clear, I meant the hard drive I had to replace. So if you dont buy a huge memory card for the vita youll be screwed into buying another one. You proved everyones point though, If you can buy a regular sized hard drive for $80 that carries 1000GB then a small memory card that carries 32GB sony is selling you for $125 is insanley priced. As for your other comment you are correct the hard drive is really easy to replace (1 screw and a plug). Sorry for being unclear.

mederic1985
mederic1985

The whole Vita thing looks a bit less apealing every news i get...

shadowhunter0
shadowhunter0

@solidsnake726 I agree that is why I'm going to wait to see what the official prices are going to be and the sizes of the vita games to determine what size memory card I'm going to and since I'm getting the 3g week early bundle so I will be getting a 4gig with that but I know that wont be enough so I do plan on getting a bigger one just don't know what size yet

solidsnake726
solidsnake726

These are placeholders that gamestop posted, not the official pricing. If you look at how much yen these are in japan and converted it to american currency, then you get the prices you see on gamestop. If you did the same for the japanese wifi vita, it would be around $320, not 250.

Spacerac
Spacerac

Perhaps I can get the 4 gig (or 8 gig) card, then wait for next year's black friday, then order the 32 gig at a much cheaper price.

Sigil-otaku
Sigil-otaku

Man the Vita is just going to end up far more expensive than the 3DS at this rate. There's not too much that interests me on it already (not a big uncharted fan and Dragon's Crown is coming to PS3 too) so I'm going to have to just sit back and wait on this one. The longer it takes the cheaper it'll be so oh well.

Pete5506
Pete5506

Wow even more money I will need to put out come February

jasonlc3221
jasonlc3221

I don't get it. You can swap out your PS3 hard drive dirt cheap, but yet if you want storage on Sony's portables, you've gotta shell out for proprietary crap. Is it really that hard to use mainstream storage like SD or Micro SD? Apparently this is where Sony makes up for their losses. Once again, I'm disappointed by Sony's proprietary monopoly. Even worse, I'm sure I'll still shell out for one of those cards

dxdevilex0
dxdevilex0

@dawnofhero Sure VITA has HD graphics,but don't forget that the 3DS also has the ability to view HD videos.

guitarist1980
guitarist1980

yeah thats silly.. proprietary storage that costs about 4x the amount a normal SDHD would cost. That really burns me but Microsoft and Nintendo they all do it.. completely taking advantage of people. Is there any built in storage? Or are we forced to buy one of these? This will probably end up being an impulse purchase.

Emac44
Emac44

(sigh) well Sony's gonna have to start selling these things at a loss to.

dawnofhero
dawnofhero

Let's see, if one bought the 3G model, the 32GB memory card, + a Vita game (which are most likely $50 at the least) that individual would be spending around $480. Now if you bought the cheaper Wi-fi model, the 2GB memory card, and a $50 game, you'd be spending around $320. That's still more than what the 3DS cost at launch!! Sure, the Vita has better graphics, an OLED screen and two tilting analog sticks, but that's still way too much for a handheld gaming device imo. If Sony was smart, they would include a 2GB memory card with the system without charging any extra for it.

Silinel
Silinel

@Infinity_Gauntl: You don't have to buy a whole new PS3 just to increase hard drive space. All PS3 models are DESIGNED to be able to easily switch-out/upgrade hard drives. In my experience, the process of replacing a PS3 hard drive is as easy as changing an air filter in your home. Doing so will not void your warranty by any means. A 250GB hard drive compatible with the PS3 (same kind used inside laptops) can be hard for less than $60. I've seen quality PS3-compatible (Western Digital) 1000GB/1TB hard drives for less than $80.

Ravenlore_basic
Ravenlore_basic

I can understand as they are losing money on the consoles themselves. So they have to make money in some way. The prices are not totally different than normal simular cards from retail (not internet). Still, I will wait for any price drop or real reason to get a 32 GB card. I have an 8GB card an its never full. Also, will keep pics and songs on PC or diferent kind of cheap memory and transfer. Only game related items on the memory card needed!

Tharkun89
Tharkun89

@shadowhunter0 no i want it to be both a home console AND a portable. No need for a bulky console when a powerful little machine like that can do it. and also, take the WiiU for example, it plays on both the tablet controller and the tv at the same time. i will admit to the vita being amazing if it becomes the one and done machine, but sony refuses to take that step because they want to sell vita's AND ps3's because they are (as demonstrated above) a money grobbling company.

TechnoDrago
TechnoDrago

Looks like I'm going to be doing the same thing for the Vita that I did for the PSP..... WAIT. Sides, seems that PSP still has a life and good games that I will wait in anticipation for and thoroughly enjoy. So till the Vita comes down in price, I will enjoy my PSP.

Infinity_Gauntl
Infinity_Gauntl

$120 Memory card seems insanely expensive. In the long run you'll probably need it to. I thought that I wouldn't need a 250GB PS3 and that bit me in the butt. I had to buyt another one. With as big and detailed as the games are I can see you needing a large Memory card.

Icehearted
Icehearted

We saw how this kind of pricing turned out for their Playstation 3. Sheath thy wallets, and watch them become more reasonable I say.

PumpkinBoogie
PumpkinBoogie

Well I'm not sweating it too badly 1) b/c I don't consider Gamestop the end-all-be-all for my gaming accessory needs--it's called "shopping around" and 2) I had no intention of being a "digital only" games downloader anyway, so a moderately sized card (maybe 8gb or so) should do me just fine. You deserve to get hosed by Gamestop if that's the only pricing you intend to go by. Hell just look at how stupid high they're pro duo sticks STILL are. :roll:

ghostbears
ghostbears

Seems like Sony is trying to make up for what profit they lost durning the PSN down time and the cost to update they're server security systems.

gzg9jg
gzg9jg

The card prices don't seem so outrageous, Sony's PRO-Stick cards have always been more expensive than the other formats (SD, miniSD, microSD), but they should come down in price as more applications use it and other card makers start producing.

mario-nin-freak
mario-nin-freak

Well atleast Nintendo never tries to milk their consumers with memory like MS or Sony.

daabulls23
daabulls23

They couldn't design this for SD cards, could they?

Double_Wide
Double_Wide

Why does the PSPGo have an internal harddrive and the Vita doesn't? The world may never know (unless you discount greed)

goldfantasy
goldfantasy

that sucks, I was going to buy all my games on the psn with the psvita but 119.99 for 32 gbs makes me rethink about it, I guess I'll wait and see how it performs as this may kill it before arrival, also I hope sandisk makes a cheaper alternative

shadowhunter0
shadowhunter0

@Tharkun89 you still don't understand it might be my fault since I'm not good at writing so how would play a game like Little Deviants or create a track on mnr road trip with it hooked up to your tv you can't both of those and most if not all the games on the vita uses the touchscreen so you need to look at the screen on the vita allot so whats the point in having it hooked up to your tv when you be looking down at the screen on the vita all the time there is going to be a cod game on the vita it has already been announce and there are tons of great games on the psp also it sound like you wanted to be more like a home console then what it actually is a portable system

shadowhunter0
shadowhunter0

@imprezawrx500 the games on the smart phone sucks and the stand no chance against the games on the vita and also the vita just more than just play games you can surf the web watch videos listen to music use it has a gps device it also has skype so you can make calls on it has well and plus other stuff that I can't think of but yeah it is was design for games so games on it will be way better then anything on a smart phone also I can fit the psp in my pocket and I'm pretty sure I can do the same with the vita any case there will probably be a case that hooks to your belt

Tharkun89
Tharkun89

@shadowhunter0 ok now your just being ignorant. the technology does exist. they just refuse to impliment it. and yes i do own a ps3 and did own a stupid psp. as for touchscreen, that would channel to the tv as simple as the image would so i dont understand your logic there. the psp does not hold its own, it never has. it needs better games. and if the vita cant play games like skyrim and call of duty or battlefield...count me out. no point in buying it.

imprezawrx500
imprezawrx500

Just need some real android and iphone games so this thing crashes haha. Sony needs some more sense kicked into them. Expensive single use devices are going the way of the floppy disk. If they want it to sell to anyone but rich kids it needs to be priced well below midrange android phones that can pull of some pretty nice graphics now. Plus they already have higher res screens than the vita and most importantly they fit in your pocket.

shadowhunter0
shadowhunter0

@Tharkun89 first off it isn't has powerful has a ps3 and second it can't handle all the ps3 games yes they are making ports of games for the system but there are ps3 exclusive games that wont be coming to the vita like uncharted kz and bunch of other yes there are those games announce for the vita but they aren't ports they are entirely new games in the franchise and the ones that are ports are pretty much psn titles and the psp holds it own without hooking it up to the tv I have had mine for a while I never had it hooked up to my tv also like I said the vita probably would never have that feature because of the touch screen and other features it has it simple wont work well that way and if you have actually watch the videos of the games for it you would already know this I bet you probably don't even have a ps3 or a psp and also you don't know what you are talking about

Tharkun89
Tharkun89

@shadowhunter0 its supposed to be as powerful as the ps3. the ability to use it as a controller and a portable without the use of a pointless middleman (the ps3). if it can handle ps3 games, then why own a ps3. And the DS can hold its own without that because its nintendo and they have mario.

benboz
benboz

Can't wait to get this. Got the money already.

2w-sephiroth
2w-sephiroth

I really thought that the vita came in with internal memory already, like the iphones or something. This is pretty bad. I wonder if they will rectify the problem in later versions. Not in a hurry to buy handhelds. I enjoy playing big screen games 10x times more and I cant concentrate playing while on the go.

shadowhunter0
shadowhunter0

@FallenOneX also some games use it to update you on some stuff like in ruin it will tell you when you are done crafting an item since it takes real time to craft items and it will also tell you when your lair is under attack also it will be use like that for other games has well like Unit 13’s live notification interface, enabled through 3G, keeps players up to date on leaderboard positions, new “Daily Challenge” content, new unlocks, shared High Value Target missions, and challenges from friends as they move past you on the leaderboards The notification bar works over either 3G or WiFi, though obviously with 3G you’ll continue to receive updates wherever you play and not just when connected to a WiFi hotspot. A big goal with this feature was to keep you informed whenever and wherever you play, be it at home or on the bus, and the 3G model allows for that I got the unit 13 stuff from http://blog.us.playstation.com/2011/11/22/deploying-at-vita-launch-zippers-unit-13/

Ka-BaMf
Ka-BaMf

These aren't actually over priced memory sticks just so everyone knows. We all are just a little shocked at how much the price is becoming.

shadowhunter0
shadowhunter0

@Tharkun89 why do want to plug the vita to your tv so much and reason why it doesn't let you plug it into your tv is because of the touch screen and some of the other features of it and why do you care so much about it anyways you can't do it with ds the 3ds and even the psp 1000 and hardly anyone complain about and from the look of your profile and your post it seems like you don't even like Sony or its consoles so why are you here complaining about something you don't intend to buy also I believe you have no intention on buying a vita even if you can hook it up to your tv yes the prices are a bit high then what they should be but I'm still buying a vita and it depends on how big the games are going to be will determine on the size on the memory card that I would get

Ka-BaMf
Ka-BaMf

Whatever, I'm still buying it. Looks like great fun.

Rocker6
Rocker6

Wow,120$ for 32GB.For that price,I could get me an SSD hard drive for my PC.What a rip-off... Personally,Im not interested in handheld consoles,but if I were,I would be furious about this,perhaps it would even prove to be a dealbreaker... @sulaymanqazi PS Vita won't have an internal memory storage...

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

So, I should only look for the 3g model if I MUST have the ability to play online all the time. Other than that, I see no reason to buy it, personally. Most of the routes I travel have a WiFi spot nearby. But I can see why it would be great for others. I just hope one isn't more readily available than the other.

paranormalnut
paranormalnut

This is when some one should so a Dear Sony Add. Dear sony. Thank you for over priced mem cards.