GameStop Reveals U.S. Vita Memory Card Prices
GameStop has laid down prices for just about everything related to Sony’s upcoming Playstation Vita handheld, from the games that’ll be available at launch to the memory cards you’ll need to play them.
Spoiler alert: Those mem cards are ‘spense (like they are in Japan).
As revealed on GameStop’s website, the cheapest of the Vita memory cards, which will carry 4 gigabytes of capacity, comes in at $29.99. The next step up from that is the 8GB card at $44.99, followed by a 16GB card at $64.99. The most expensive memory card, at 32GB, will run you $119.99.
Sony is using a new, proprietary format for the cards, so expect to pay these kinds of prices for at least a little while. The bummer is that SD cards are significantly cheaper than what Sony is asking, but the Vita will work with Sony’s new format exclusively — at least for now (third-party cards or adapters that allow other media aren’t out of the realm of the possible, though it’ll probably be a while). But the Vita card prices are pretty comparable to what you’d pay for a Memory Stick Duo for Sony’s PSP handheld at comparable capacities.
Meanwhile, the Vita itself will cost $299 for the 3G version, $249 for Wi-Fi only. Games will be available on 2GB and 4GB game cards at launch (with bigger ones coming later), and the handheld will be capable of downloading titles as well — hence the big storage capacities of the memory cards. The handheld hits North America on Feb. 22, 2012.