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PS Vita: The cost of doing business

Posted: December 11, 2011 by shalashaska8986 in Editorials, News and Updates
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The events leading up to the release of the PS Vita thus far has been filled with great anticipation alongside an equally matched hype.  The System boasts a quad processor, front and back touch pads, Wi-Fi/3G (depending which model you get), front and back cameras, and that is just the tip of the iceberg.  The question for me has always been, “How is it that this system can dump all these specs into one handheld system and only cost $249.99-$299.99?  It must be too good to be true.”  It seemed that way until just recently I came across a news article about the system.

How is it that PS Vita is able to have such a low price for a lot of bells and whistles?  Well that’s because the means in which Sony is going to profit is proprietary memory cards.  I thought in this day and age that no one would be so bold as to make something that couldn’t be universally used by standard forms of media.  The system doesn’t have a single bit of on board memory, and should you own one will be forced to pay for overpriced memory cards that are only used by the PS Vita.  The memory cards range in size from 4GB to 32GB and in price. The memory cards start at $29.99 to a whopping $119.99.  That is absurd to charge that kind of money for a digital storage medium.  Upon hearing this I was completely turned off from buying the system at launch.  I understand that the system has high specs, a low price point and will likely see a next to nothing profit, but the solution is not to charge outrageous prices on a memory card that I can only use on my PS Vita.  I would rather pay a higher system price to get a PS Vita with on board memory or a widely used form of memory storage then revert back to the old ways of technology.

I recently started reading articles that the memory card prices are not set in stone using Google.  Even though the price points might not be the premium that I first read, the cards themselves are not going to be cheap.  This seems to be the money maker for Sony on the PS Vita, but I feel that this decision could be the downfall of the system at launch.  As it currently stands I will not be buying a PS Vita at launch and wait to see what happens before purchasing one down the road.

It will be a long time before I get to play Drake’s next adventure

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The 19 Days of Deals are rolling on at Amazon and today’s theme is Long Live Play.  For those of you not familiar with that motto it belongs to our friends over at Sony.  So with that being said today’s discounted items will be for the PS3 anad PSP.  You can take this link over to Amazon and check out what is on sale and I’ll throw up some notables below to satisfy any curiosities you may have.  Also in Video Game Downloads, Arcade games are up to 80% off and I’ll throw up a link below for that too.  Happy Shopping everyone.

Long Live Play Deals

  • Uncharted 3 – $39.99
  • Resistance 3 – $29.99
  • Resistance Dual Pack (includes 1 and 2) – $19.99
  • Dead Island – $29.99
  • Infamous 2 – $29.99
  • Ratchet and Clank: All 4 One – $29.99
  • Killzone 3 – $19.99
  • God of War Origins Collection – $19.99
  • Sharpshooter Bundle w/ Goldeneye Reloaded – $99.99 (really good deal considering everything you get)

Amazon Video Game Download Discounts – Arcade Day – link to deal

  • Sega 48 Game Mega Arcade Pack – $9.99
  • Pac-Man – $1.99
  • and many more

There you have it folks your Amazon Gaming Deals of the Day.  Check back often for new deals and as always you can follow us on Twitter @GamersAbstract and like us on Facebook for more content.

 


The UMD always seemed out of place to me; it never felt like it was going to have a place in gaming after the PSP had passed away, I was wrong (sort of).  Sony has announced that with the PS Vita your UMD collection can live on through the UMD Passport program.

Starting in December (when it launches in Japan) PSP owners can download a special program that allows them to register games they want to use on their Vitas.  They can in return for a fee, which is yet to be determined download said games onto their new handheld systems.  This is a pretty cool feature that could have probably been implemented on the ill-fated PSPgo, but I’m sure most of us are glad they waited to do this for the Vita.

IGN has confirmed that third party publishers such as Square Enix, Sega, Konami, Capcom and many others are participating in this program.  That too is great news because those companies produced some great titles on the PSP and would have been a shame if we couldn’t transfer them to our Vitas.

We will know more, as we get closer to the North American launch of the PS Vita in February.  So stay tuned for more news and as always you can follow us on Twitter @GamersAbstract and like us on Facebook for more content.