GameStop listing for PS Vita memory cards reveals 32GB card will be priced at US$119.99, almost half the price of the system itself; other Vita accessories revealed.
Last month, Sony finally announced a global release date for its upcoming PlayStation Vita console, revealing the system would ship worldwide beginning February 22, 2012. Later, the publisher outlined the console’s game transfer fees, saying that players who wish to play PSP titles on the Vita will have to repurchase them at a discounted price.
Now, retailer GameStop has revealed prices for the four memory cards, which will be available with the new console. The 4GB memory card will cost $29.99; the 8GB will cost $44.99; the 16GB will cost $69.99; and the 32GB memory card will cost $119.99, almost half the price of the PlayStation Vita itself. The 3G-enabled console will retail for $299, while the Wi-Fi version will retail for $249.
Earlier this year, Sony Computer Entertainment America senior staff developer support engineer Chris Norden re-iterated that retail PS Vita games will come on 2GB and 4GB game cards and revealed the 3G version of the PS Vita will only be able to download games up to 20MB in size as a result of 3G mobile carrier restrictions. Norden clarified that Vita owners will still be able to download games larger than 4GB using the system’s Wi-Fi functionality.
When comparing prices of the Vita memory cards to PSP memory cards, the differences are as follows: SanDisk Gaming Memory Stick PRO Duo cards for the PSP in 2GB, 4GB, and 8GB are currently priced at $18.99, $37.99, and $50.99, respectively. A Sony 32GB Memory Stick PRO Duo is currently priced at $125.
The GameStop Vita hub also lists a number of accessories for the console, including carrying cases, an AC adapter, official headset, portable charger, car adapter, card cases, protective films, headphones, and more. The PlayStation Vita Starter Kit (priced at $24.99) includes six of the accessories: pocket pouch, car adapter, protective film, card case, headphones, and a cleaning cloth.
According to Sony Computer Entertainment Australia, the publisher has “not yet announced software, accessory and peripheral prices for PS Vita in Australia.”
The PlayStation Vita is due to launch in Japan on December 17, in some other Asian territories on December 23, in Europe and North America on February 22, 2012, and in Australia on February 23, 2012. Two versions of the handheld will be released; the 3G-enabled console will
retail for $299, while the Wi-Fi version will retail for $249.
For more on the system, check out GameSpot’s extensive PS Vita Inside & Out hardware feature.
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