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Sony Must Solve the PlayStation Vita's Memory Woes

Push Square: "The announcement of the PlayStation Vita’s price sent rapturous applause throughout the industry. At the time, many pundits had predicted that the handheld would cost upwards of $350 – a figure not unreasonable for a company that’s famous for the extortionate price of its consoles. The firm eventually disappointed its critics, revealing that its next generation portable would retail for $250, the same figure as the Nintendo 3DS at the time. Of course, it failed to disclose one important detail: memory cards."

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arbitor3651082d ago

the vita is a fantastic platform, but the expensive proprietary memory and lack of interchangeable battery packs are the 2 biggest problems

Apollosupreme1082d ago (Edited 1082d ago )

No doubt it would be nice to have a spare battery but let's face it, they would be so expensive right now that most wouldn't indulge anyway. My battery is fine and I have a launch day Vita. Here's to hoping it holds up...

Knushwood Butt1082d ago

Yeah, I'm happy with the battery, but I want a 64GB memory card that is better value for money.

ThanatosDMC1082d ago

Here's a portable charger.

http://www.gamestop.com/ps-...

I have a 32gb, i wish they'd come out with bigger memory ones. 64+gb would be nice.

Ilovetheps41082d ago

The memory cards are a huge reason I'm not buying the Vita right now. I'm hoping that they will either make a new model that accepts SD cards or they will drop the price of their memory cards. The prices right now are just absurd in my opinion.

kneon1082d ago

Don't hold your breath waiting for SD cards. That would make it much easier to hack so it's not going to happen.

GraveLord1082d ago

These 2 aren't an issue at all IMO. They can lower the memory card prices all they want, it won't make me buy more games. Vita needs more and better games.

ABizzel11082d ago

@arbitor

Battery has nothing to do with it. It's almost 100% memory cost. It's outrageous. They need to make a model with 16GB built-in like the PSPGo, and cut the memory prices by at least 40% (40% - 60%). On top of that introduce 64GB and 128GB cards.

The remaining problems are:

Price: I have no problem with the Vita's price, but it's not a mass market price. The Vita needs a cheaper made remodel that can be sold between $179 - $199.

Games: There are games out and coming, but there needs to be a year of games where there's quality titles coming month after month, and not sporadically throughout the year. 1 good year of games like Gran Turismo, Uncharted, Assassin's Creed, COD (a good one), GTA, Fifa, Monster Hunter all being announced for the holiday season - early the following year, and the Vita will take off. Add to that innovatie games that take advantage of the hardware's unique features, and original IP's for the platform and it's set.

Marketing: I haven't seen a Vita commercial since launch. I haven't seen a good Vita commercial ever. It needs commercials and advertising that speaks to all gamers (kids - adults) and not just people who own a PS3 or plan on buying a PS4. Making it have more common tablet games and app would also significantly help, because that's the Vita's greatest competition, as it's lost in limbo between the 3DS and mobile devices.

3DS: Kids play thing / Nintendo fans
Mobile devices: Devices for everyone
Vita: Works semi-well with PS3

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HakatoX1082d ago

guess someone wasn't around for PSP launch. 80.00 for 512mb and 200.00 for 2 gigs.

Donnieboi1082d ago

So? How does that make it right? The high cost for psp cards doesn't make the high cost of vita cards any more appealing.

Apollosupreme1082d ago

He didn't say history makes it right, he was pointing out that this problem has been around for a while... That didn't hold the PSP back from being a success.

raWfodog1082d ago

But three rights make a left :)

GamersRulz1082d ago (Edited 1082d ago )

are you seriously comparing 2004 memory sizes and prices with 2013?

because I remember I bought a 516mb usb stick for $60, and I thought It was a bargain at the time!

Hicken1082d ago

The thing is: it's happened throughout the years. PS2 memory cards were expensive as crap when they came out, and so were Gamecube cards, and Xbox cards, and so on, and so on. Proprietary memory comes out, it's expensive, and then the price drops as time goes by.

The Vita's cards are costly. But that's no different than the memory for anything else. Just seems like it's a bigger deal for the Vita than for anything else.

KrisButtar1082d ago

I was but I don't remember those prices, I remember $80 plus tax for a 16GB card though

HakatoX1081d ago

you assholes bubbled me down for such a comment?
grow the hell up!!!

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Apollosupreme1082d ago

You should get your mem card at Costco if you're not willing to await a sale. Costco has the cheapest price based on my experience although even then they're pricey when you see how dirt cheap SD cards are.

People need to remember that changing the price of these cards affects their whole business as Vita is not the only device they're used in, correct? So, even though it's clearly too expensive it's a lot bigger ship to turn around; this goes beyond their gaming sector.

Anti-piracy, in my opinion, is not a valid enough reason for the restriction to only using these cards...

nevin11082d ago

@arbitor365

"and lack of interchangeable battery packs are the 2 biggest problems"

what do you mean?

Krew_921081d ago

You can't remove the battery. So replacing the battery if your battery goes faulty is a no.

After a while, batteries just don't last anymore, so it would have been smart to let us remove the battery ourselves. They just did it to prevent hacking, but they just slowed it down a bit, people will ALWAYS find a way.

kingPoS1082d ago (Edited 1082d ago )

The Vita needs an adorable 64gb card.

Knight_Crawler1082d ago

Does it being adorable make it more powerful?

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