Amazon are running a discount on PlayStation Vita's bespoke memory cards, which will be music to your ears if you're filling up your usable space with Instant Game Collection titles and massive Killzone: Mercenary patches.
The 8GB card will run you £12.76 (a £3 saving vs ShopTo), while the 16GB version costs £24.99 and the 32GB option commands a £39.99 price tag.
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MCV reports that Microsoft's next home console might not have a traditional disc drive. The hardware giant has ostensibly informed its retail partners that the next Xbox will use "some sort of interchangeable solid-state card storage" instead, which could be either a readily-available or proprietary format.
If true, this means that Microsoft would be able to lock each card to a specific console or Gamertag - and go through with their rumoured threat of completely blocking the pre-owned market. At the expense of backwards compatibility, natch.
This is just a rumour, and a potentially worrying one. Without backwards compatibility or DVD/Blu-Ray player potential, the next generation Xbox console could well be a seriously hard sell. We'll keep our eye on it.
The lack of 32GB Vita memory cards in the UK has rubbed many gamers up the wrong way, if not putting them off an early purchase entirely. However, SCE UK boss Fergal Gara has confirmed that they're actively trying to get some "bigger size cards" onto British shores as soon as possible.
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Sony have confirmed that download codes and digitally distributed titles will cost less than boxed retail games for the Playstation Vita, although there's no exact indication of prices and differences quite yet. It had been rumoured that discounts could be as high as 40% for digital versions of games, but it's looking like it might be a bit smaller than that.Click here to read more...
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.Click here for more on Flash, BC & Mac support
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.
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.