GameStop have revealed their pricing structure for the Vita proprietary memory cards due to be launched with the machine on February 22nd. Whilst we all pretty much knew the cost would be high due to the Japanese prices, it seems that anyone planning on downloading the majority of their Vita games rather than opting for the physical game better have deep pockets.
4GB is the entry-level card which should suffice if you only want to use the memory for save games (not all Vita games support saving to the game card) – it will retail at $24.99. Next in line is 8GB for $39.99, and then 16GB (the minimum size really if you plan to buy most of your games digitally) retailing at $69.99. If you really are Scrooge McMegabucks, the biggest card available will be 32GB, breaking the bank at an enormous $119.99.
Of course as these memory sticks will be produced solely for Vita use, you wont be able to get cheaper versions produced by third parties, at least not straight away. As fantastic as the Vita does look, it seems like it will be a very expensive hobby to own one, as Sony has also recently started sowing the seeds for what looks like a high cost for the system’s games. Don’t be too surprised to pay the same for Uncharted: Golden Abyss as you did for Drake’s Deception. Is that as it should be though? Is the line between a handheld and home console experience being blurred?
Personally I think an 8GB card is the most I can afford, which should be plenty for save games, a couple of my old downloaded PSP games and one or two PSN Vita games like Motorstorm: RC. The rest of my games will be physical game cards as I can’t imagine the price difference for buying digitally will cover the cost of a sizeable memory card necessary to store them. What are your plans guys?