Sony PlayStation Vita to use proprietary memory cards

By Emil · 20 replies
Jun 14, 2011
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  1. The Sony PlayStation Vita (PS Vita) (PCH-1000 series) will use proprietary memory cards. A user by the name of onQ123 on the Neogaf forums posted a picture showing four sizes…

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  2. Muggs

    Muggs TS Rookie Posts: 56

    No shock. Sony has always done everything proprietary. I always avoided Sony Cameras because of their Memory Sticks.
  3. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,010   +18

    Stupid Sony. I seriously wish they lost the BluRay war, then they wouldn't do this crap.
  4. Raswan

    Raswan TS Enthusiast Posts: 279

    It's absolutely infuriating and counter to progress. It's (part of) what pisses everyone off so much about Apple. They know, in their black, greedy, pernicious little hearts, that the closed system never wins, and yet they persistently choose the quick buck. Eff you, Sony. Again.
  5. lawfer

    lawfer TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,270   +91

    Or you could simply buy any of the cheaper, third-party cards that will most likely be released post-launch. Sure, you will spend money on a new card anyway, but at least not necessarily for Sony's (likely overpriced) offerings.
  6. I hope the card prices are good as the Vita's was a shocker. Some company will build cards for the big a deal. I cant wait to get one of this beast...:)

    My 3 yrs old PS3 Fatty YLOD on me while playing Killzone 3 online a week ago...(how ironic). I will fix it myself, thks to YouTube.
  7. taea00

    taea00 TS Enthusiast Posts: 102

    The whole point is there are completely viable alternatives. There are standard protocols that almost EVERYONE except Sony follow. Why is that? Who wants to constantly reinvent that wheel that only your car can run? Sure it good for you business, but it's completely and utterly disrespectful to your consumer base.
  8. Uhhmm this is common business practice. M$oft does it with all X-Box add-ons they charge our arms off and our feet too if they could. So, this is nothing new & SONY is not in the business of hand-outs.
  9. Why is this even posted as news? Every Nintendo handheld EVER was some sort of 'proprietary' format. Yes, even the carts. They didn't work on anything else, did they? The DS/DSi/3DS all use custom (and I assume flash-based) cards similar to what Sony is going to use for the Vita. So why all the talk?

    Yes, Sony makes up proprietary formats all the time. But this doesn't count as one.
  10. I hope it is a buisness for sony because it is just so plain stupid.
  11. The author is being very presumptuous, considering the resource for this article is a photograph with a two word description. Who's to say SD cards won't be the medium for expansion storage? For all we know, these cards are the media used for retail games. Oh, and for the record, some SD cards do have a notch on the right side for a read/write lock switch.
  12. ramonsterns

    ramonsterns TS Enthusiast Posts: 744   +12

    So long as they aren't over priced, I don't care if it's proprietary. But with Sony's track record, I supposed they will probably be.
  13. Scshadow

    Scshadow TS Evangelist Posts: 510   +152

    Those are game cards... This is a memory card. All it will be is extra memory. DS games are only going to be compatible with DS so might as well have a unique format and it makes it a little bit harder to break the security. Memory cards on the other, hand stores saves, music, and video. It would be great if you could transfer stuff using your computer's card reader but with a fresh new format, that idea is screwed.
  14. herpaderp

    herpaderp TS Booster Posts: 154

    Hopefully they're just custom housings, and if so, there'll soon be adapters for MicroSD. Either way, if this is true, just another stupid decision by Sony execs.
  15. spydercanopus

    spydercanopus TS Evangelist Posts: 855   +121

    These might be SD cards without the lock switch.
  16. MVoleski

    MVoleski TS Rookie

    Yeah it looks nice, but I will only buy it if it's hackable. I made the mistake of buying a psp3000 later to find out that it couldn't be hacked yet. Especially now that the vita will only have digital games, so no more 3 dollar games from the exchange.
  17. TechGuyChris

    TechGuyChris TS Rookie

    Hmmm. The Sony Ericsson xperia branded phones dont use proprietary connectors

    PS3 controller chargers arent proprietary

    The PS3 hard disk isnt proprietary

    Their camera connectors are no longer proprietary.

    Microsoft, and Apple arent any different when it comes to proprietary stuff. Sony has lightened up while its main competitors (Apple, Microsoft, samsung) have all gotten more proprietary.

    Thanks =)
  18. TechGuyChris

    TechGuyChris TS Rookie

    Oh crap, i cant reply to individual posts on this website. My first comment was reflected to @M****
  19. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,010   +18

    Sure you can. Hit quote.
  20. PaulShawnP

    PaulShawnP TS Rookie

    It was so expected from Sony. They have always done the same with PS Vita. It is so annoying and stupid from Sony.
  21. do your research the psp 3000 is hackable noob

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