Still Talking To Adobe Despite Mobile Flash Player Death
The PS Vita has been causing something of a stir for the last few months as Sony shed more and more light on their much-anticipated successor to the PSP. It's a cracking piece of tech - it truly is a console in the palm of your sweaty hands - and Sony appears to have learned a lot of lessons from their often tough time spent spearheading the PSP. However, they've irked a portion of their fanbase following confirmation that the PSP will not general - read: cheaper - memory cards, but the custom option exclusive to Sony, who have stood behind their decision to do so.
Instead of allowing you to insert mass-media memory cards from a variety of different manufacturers - a move many had hoped for to reduce prices on file support - Sony have hardwired the PS Vita to only recognize a specific memory card they manufacturer, presumably at a higher cost, too. It's divided their audience, but Sony have defended their actions.
Division 2 Software Development Head Muneki Shimada explained their custom memory card option ensures "equal conditions for everyone", while also meaning Sony's security teams can rest a little easier knowing the ins and outs of their memory tech, rather than falling victim to another manufacturer's fault.
And what of Adobe's Mobile Flash Player, since slain by Apple's dogged resistance? Adobe ceased development on the application, but Shimada reveals Sony is still in talks with the company over a solution for the PS Vita. They've been very vocal about its internet capabilities, and considering Flash's online prominence, it would be a massive coup to snag this.
Shimada also explained why the Vita only supports 720p video. While that's the max resolution Sony will be launching it with, there's possibility of an upgrade in the future. However, due to the screen's pixel count - 544 pixels vertical resolution - even a 1080p resolution would need to be scaled down, so 720p is a perfect fit.
Furthermore, Sony revealed that while your PC won't recognize the Vita as a mass storage device - akin to a USB drive or the like - a separate utility device will be released in the near future. As for Mac owners, they promise a similar utility device is not far off, and claim the Vita's ability to handle data through its own processor and screen means it's not a difficult solution. [Andriasang]