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Opinion: Until Sony fixes the PS Vita memory card problem, the Vita won't be truly digital

They cost how much?

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Ellena David | 11:01 - 29 April 2014
Samsung MB-MS8G MicroSD 8 GB Memory Card Class 4 is safe from X-rays and Magnetic fields without concern of damage as this card has been designed to stay from X-rays and magnetic fields. http://www.snapdeal.com/product/samsung-8-gb-micro-sd/597603?utm_source=aff_prog&utm_campaign=afts&offer_id=16&aff_id=4254
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Yisa Yussuf | 15:54 - 26 June 2013
ive been wanting to buy a vita for the last year, ive got the money and i really want it, but everytime i justify it to myself in my head.... boom the memory card and game situation keeps my money in my pocket. Why make bespoke memory cards? Why make them so expensive? Why is there no AAA games, its been out nearly 2 years! Why aren't ps2 downloads compatible? Why is it still so expensive given all the above! why why why! untill at least one of these 'problems' gets sorted i will not buy one although the little boy inside me is crying his eyes out... shame
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@arosbooks | 13:47 - 9 May 2013
32gb is fine as a memory card. Kirk, what gives you the idea downloading more than 1.5gb is impossible?

I prefer physical games and have a lot of cartridges that you can pick up very cheap if you shop online - people who say vita games are expensive are obviously the people who only go into GAME and HMV to look at games rather than e-stores.

I also have a full 32gb card of games and would much prefer a 64gb or even larger (even though I doubt 64gb or 128gb will be possible) but 32gb is enough to be happy with. Look at how much extra space costs on Apple devices for all those saying it should be £x - Sony charge a lot less than Apple do but people are more than happy to pay their prices.

I also agree with rwfsmith that the Vita cards have very good performance - allowing people to use shitty cheap cards will likely affect the ability to play games from the card, surely?
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KIRKMES | 16:19 - 4 May 2013
1 Downloading is very slow and beyond 1.5g impossible
2. My 16g memory card fills up with less than half full
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@rwfsmith | 18:09 - 6 December 2012
Whiny. I've been using my 32gb card since release and have not filled it up yet. Being a bit old school I do like to physically own my games, so out of my 10 or so PSVita games 8 are physical. Mine did come with a convenient hard shell case with slots for the games and a hidden space for the AR cards, though.

I understand the need for a proprietary storage card, both to ensure performance and for security reasons, but I agree they are a bit expensive. I've had a number of inexpensive microSD cards with horrendous performance, and I wouldn't wish that upon my worst enemy to try and play a PSVita game off of one of them.
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@Zinvince | 07:56 - 9 November 2012
I agree with Mike

I'm the type of gamer that prefer to have lots of different game on the go (that's the soul purpose of portable handheld) and if I'm paying per game $30-40 I wouldn't finish it right away, It's not necessary. They should really lower the memory card price, considering the DLC and physical cartridge's really expensive (overall I've spent around $420 now).

Q: I'm currently using a 4gb mem card, I'm planning to move to a 32gb mcard, what's the pros and cons regarding the psn account and memory card system? If I'd purchase DLC.

Thank you
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Kar Smith | 14:40 - 5 August 2012
Thanks for the heads up, I was looking into buying one and after looking at the prices of what is essentially an SD card and then doing research on the size of games off the PS store I have decided against buying one until the prices are in line with those of SD cards.

And for the corporate defenders. 1, they do not need you to defend them. 2, it is not a new medium. it is an SD card. one that has merely been locked to the medium.
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aros | 13:06 - 31 July 2012
Expect a revision with internal storage once the price of components is low enough
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will.wilson | 11:23 - 31 July 2012
Yeah, content manager in general is crazy slow, I've found.
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Paul_Murphy | 09:54 - 31 July 2012
Has anyone actually transfered content to their PC using the content manager? That was extcruciatingly slow....
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legacist88 | 22:12 - 18 July 2012
Despite the people who say it is the consumer's fault for buying so many games for the Vita to fill up the memory cards fast. What's the point of owning a gaming system if you don't have a variety of games you enjoy to play or try out. I agree with Mike on this one, the memory cards should be bigger, and less expensive. Hell, the Vita alone cost almost the same as the actual PS3, Sony could at least be generous enough to lessen the prices on the memory cards, or when they first created the Vita, to allow it to be compatible with SD cards.

Granted, we could swap the games in and out of our PS3s, but it's time consuming to do all of that to play a game. All I'm trying to say is; Yes, I agree with Mike, but on the other hand, despite my previous comment about a varety of games; Why would you buy so many games right off the bat for the Vita knowing that you have a low memory card on the Vita? Buying memory cards at a rapid pace for the Vita is a break in your bank, but that is your fault alone.

Conclusion: I agree with you about the size and prices of the memory card, but with that being said, it's entirely your fault for buying so many games. Don't blame Sony for breaking your bank, it's your fault for buying so many games at once.
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Alex Rennie | 20:53 - 1 July 2012
It seems like the author is completely unfamiliar with the notion of disk management. 8 GB is plenty of space assuming you use it correctly. I currently have a 4GB stick for my Vita and am getting along just fine.

Here's how:

1) Buy retail games where available. I don't have Gravity Rush, Uncharted or Wipeout 2048 taking up space on my 4GB card because they run from their own cards.

2) A demo is just enough of a game to decide if you want it or not. If you like the demo then buy the game and delete the demo. If you don't like the game then just delete the demo. Easy.

3) Memory cards are NOT for long term storage. Keep that on your PC or PS3 and transfer to the Vita as needed.

4) How much do you actually need? Your Vita battery will only last so long, if you feel the need to change games every 1/2 hour and never play the same game twice then perhaps you need ADD medication, not a larger storage medium.
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Kayoss | 17:30 - 7 March 2012
For people who complained about filling up your card, have you ever thought about finishing the first game you downloaded before downloading another? You know the digital game wont go anywhere right? it will be at the PSN when you need it. I have a 4gb and an 8gb, but right now I'm only using the 4gb because I try to finish the game I currently downloaded first before stuff my card with full a games that I may not get to for a while. Just a suggestion.
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Loaf112 | 22:29 - 2 March 2012
I'm glad I read this article as I thought it was just me - I couldnt understand how I'd filled 8gb in just a couple of days.
I had Unit 13 demo, Motorstorm, Hustle Kings, Top Darts, Escape Plan, Frobisher Says and GoW: Ghost of Sparta.

At the time, I'd still not received my Wipeout code from Vodafone and ended up having to delete God of War, just so I'd have enough space to fit Wipeout.

I cant understand why Sony didnt release another model with some on-board memory. Even charging an extra 20 quid and having 8gb internal memory wouldve been a start.

If Sony do eventually go down this route and bring out a model with internal memory, I'd be annoyed that once again early adopters get shafted
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Meniacleman | 22:32 - 29 February 2012
"Finally, we can live in hope that some clever internet person develops a way for the Vita to read regular SD cards through some kind of external reader (like with the PSP)"

@Mike You have to read up you cant just start posting stories.

here you go.

http://www.technobuffalo.com/gaming/portable/sony-ps-vitas-proprietary-card-format-meant-to-combat-piracy/
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Meniacleman | 22:21 - 29 February 2012
@ Mike Rose

Do you even know why the PS VITA has its own memory cards? It's to help with the piracy issue which the PSP suffered from.
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neonpriest | 22:09 - 29 February 2012
vita is awesome, stop hating or complaining to get on top of game news websites. such a sorry excuse to get hits on your site.
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Axe99 | 22:06 - 29 February 2012
I think this is a huge blow-up over nothing. What's your alternative device that does things so much better? Smartphones? Sure the memory is cheaper (if often considerably slower) but you're paying 2-3x the Vita for something that does similar. Overall, for the horsepower, you're still getting far more bang for your buck than with any other mobile device, by some margin.

And because you have a choice, you can buy carts if you like. No-one's forcing you (unlike phones and tablets, for instance). On the 3DS you have to buy cards for full-featured games.

The author sounds like another person suffering from 'Gamer Entitlement Syndrome' to me - for its price, including memory cards, the Vita is the best value for money for what it does by some margin. If someone can't afford the price or doesn't like handhelds, fair enough, but it's not too expensive - rather, the author isn't thinking about the overall cost all at once, nor planning ahead, and paying the price. That's not the fault of the system, that just suggests the author needs better skills in planning and anticipation.
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Anonymous12345 | 21:44 - 29 February 2012
I have over 251 games in my Steam library.
It would be insanity trying to download and install every single one onto a harddrive for "convenience".

I've also dealt with the same thing on the PSP when all i could manage was an 8gig card to store a handful of games at any one time. Why not try self-restraint and actually choose what you want on your device instead of WHY CAN'T I HOLD ALL OF THESE GAMES?
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xVIDAx | 21:40 - 29 February 2012
Lol at the Smarthphones.

OLED display have technical advantages and battery saver, is not only a display for the user.

Also, PS Vita is not even meant to be a device to be Digital only.
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Hicken | 21:28 - 29 February 2012
Please, stop complaining. I don't know how many times this has been said, but it seems people STILL don't get it: a new memory format is ALWAYS expensive at launch. When was the last time this was NOT the case?

Additionally, this is NOT "Sony's big foray into the digital world." There are so many things wrong with that assumption that it's no surprise you feel the way you do. The Vita is the fourth Sony device to have a digital gaming component, the fourth to have fully downloadable digital games. Only ONE of those devices did not have digital as a SUPPLEMENT to physical media: the PSPGo. If anything, THAT would be their "big foray," and we all know how that turned out. Which is why there is a physical version of every major digital release.

Granted, it may suck that there is no 32GB card available where you are, but that is not the same as there being no card of that size at all. You're also not being forced to buy every single game digitally. Honestly, if you intend to treat your Vita as an all-digital device, then you should be prepared to pay more for a larger card, or buy multiple cards. It's somewhat silly to blame Sony for not having large enough cards while you complain about the prices for said cards, yet want to go the completely OPTIONAL route of digital-only.
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TheProdejeff | 21:14 - 29 February 2012
This is the reason why I don´t buy the Vita, this is just BS from Sony. They are fucking with us and we fall for the trick. Sorry Sony, I was always pro Sony but now you are fucking with our intelligence.
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HardcoreEricXXX | 21:07 - 29 February 2012
I don't have a problem with it. Their selling you the hardware for $250 or 300, not the memory. Buying built in memory often increases the price of a device in the same increments of the card prices. Also, if Sony keeps this device for seven years, by not including internal storage, the customer isn't always locked into the same amount of storage capacity. And if you decide to increase your card capacity, you can sell the card you have to cover costs of a future upgrade.
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tatsukishi | 20:33 - 29 February 2012
I agree its a huge concern, Most people complain about the price of the card but I am with you. I bought a 16 gig card and since I saw how big some of these games can get I chose to buy all my Vita games in game format versus digital purchase. I have bought a couple of the old psp games and used half my memory card already with demos and games. I am already thinking I should have spend the extra 30 bucks for the 32 gig in the long run but I feel it should have had at least a 80 gig internal storage to begin with and this feels like its a dick move from sony to make money off an out of date memory system.
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somegamer | 19:49 - 29 February 2012
I'd love to think the Vita will be a success, but this is one of the issues that's really making me doubt that eventuality. Somebody at Sony really just won't give up on proprietary formats. Unfortunately, as mentioned at the end of this article, this will just lead to third party cards being developed unofficially and pirate games soon after, then Sony are back to square one.
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dilbyuk | 17:53 - 29 February 2012
Sony got so much right with the launch, it's a shame they fall so flat on the face when it comes to this issue. For anyone who owned an XBox 360 from day one will know the pain of having to delete demos, games, patches, add-ons etc from their 20GB drives. The size of these cards make it prohibitive for digital whilst the cost is just criminal.
Why is there no on board memory supplemented by cheap affordable cards. Surely one area not to con your digital ready online users who are ready to embrace online but the device hinders them?!
My 8GB card has already stopped me buying games online. Crazy!
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Etharius | 17:43 - 29 February 2012
I agree with the sentiment but picked up a Vita anyway. I have no interest in digital content outside of the odd small PSN game like Motorstorm RC. I collect games, and frankly I want the physical media - it's a lot cheaper than PSN, I can lend/borrow games and I cn import without being locked down by my PSN account. I can also swap a game out in seconds.

Until digital games are at least half the cost of retail, I won't be switching and can enjoy all the Vita goodness without the pitfalls.
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Random Guy | 15:48 - 29 February 2012
Pointlessly overpowered toy with a sub-par media functionality and an OLED screen which is inferior to a few smartphones already atm, it's way too punchy as well, so anyway.
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allplayedout1 | 15:33 - 29 February 2012
I have to agree. I do not yet own a vita and articles like this really do make me think twice. The memory card debacle shows no signs of going away unless sony greatly reduce the asking price of said memory
 
 
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