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Sony Explains Decision Behind PS Vita's Custom Memory Cards

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Sony Explains Decision Behind PS Vita's Custom Memory Cards

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]

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mightybobbin  Dec. 2, 2011 at 16:42

Give it a fortnight and there'll be a card from dealextreme that'll fit the form factor of the Sony card and allow you to slot in MicroSD cards.

Flash memory is cheap as.. well, not as cheap as your mother, but pretty cheap anyway. Remember when they cut out PS2 support on the PS3 to 'save money', and it turned out the chip cost something like $5? And then they started re-releasing PS2 games for the PS3? Well.

Last edited by mightybobbin, Dec. 2, 2011 at 16:44
gunnx  Dec. 2, 2011 at 17:53

Doesn't suprise me at all, security is good enough reason for this. Plus noone really complains about DS/3DS cards, which are very similar.

ODB_69  Dec. 2, 2011 at 20:17

Just an excuse to cash in, memory cards, a device to allow you to use it as a storage device, probably numerous the things we'll hear about too

Harryisme  Dec. 2, 2011 at 21:20

Doesn't suprise me at all, security is good enough reason for this. Plus noone really complains about DS/3DS cards, which are very similar.


You are mistaken, this isn't about the Game memory card, no one is complaining about that, This is about the additional memory slot, the 3DS usues a Standard SD card which is cheap to buy, where Sony have opted for their own proprietory Micro Memory Cards, which are much more expensive, but essentially are MircoSD cards with a diferent form factor.

This is very offputting, and will make me think twice about buying the PSV, I remember paying around a £100 for my MMC card for the PSP, all those years ago, where it would have been much less if Sony put in a SD slot instead of their own design.

gunnx  Dec. 6, 2011 at 18:16

Doesn't suprise me at all, security is good enough reason for this. Plus noone really complains about DS/3DS cards, which are very similar.


You are mistaken, this isn't about the Game memory card, no one is complaining about that, This is about the additional memory slot, the 3DS usues a Standard SD card which is cheap to buy, where Sony have opted for their own proprietory Micro Memory Cards, which are much more expensive, but essentially are MircoSD cards with a diferent form factor.

This is very offputting, and will make me think twice about buying the PSV, I remember paying around a £100 for my MMC card for the PSP, all those years ago, where it would have been much less if Sony put in a SD slot instead of their own design.


Sorry yes you are right, but I guess that's because you can download games and DLC to the cards so security is vital. We can hope that like the PS1/2 that 3rd party manufacturers will be able to make cheaper versions.

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