Something's got to give. The PS Vita will be incredibly expensive to manufacture due to its massive hardware potential, and Sony has decided to cut costs by shipping the base units with a bare minimum of onboard memory. We'll need to buy the proprietary memory cards separately to hold our saved games and downloadable library - and the capacity/pricing structure has now been announced for the range of official memory sticks that will launch with the Vita's Japanese debut this December.
- 4GB: 2,200yen (approximately £18.19)
- 8GB 3,200yen (£26.46)
- 16GB 5,500yen (£45.48)
- 32GB: 9,500yen (£78.55)
Note that these prices will be substantially modified when the memory cards release in Britain - and will probably bear little resemblance to the exchange rate. This may seem like a bit of a rip-off at first, especially since the majority of the PS Vita's lineup will launch simultaneously as PSN downloads and retail releases, but the abject failure of the PSP GO suggests that we're just not ready to go fully downloadable yet. Third party manufacturers will also be able to launch competing copies which may well be available by the European launch.
Let us know what you make of the situation in the comments.