The move is in direct contrast to Sony’s openness with the PS3, which is repeatedly praised for it’s ability to use any 2.5″ SATA HDD, and is actually more similar to Microsoft’s decision to charge well above average for their proprietary hard drives. But even Microsoft’s business strategy was preferable – you don’t need to own a HDD for 99% of retail games – but on the Vita, a memory card is much more important. The biggest launch title for the Vita, Uncharted: Golden Abyss, requires a memory card simply to save the game, along with several other games. That means that if you buy a normal Vita without a card, you will essentially be unable to play the game. The sad fact is that the average gamer won’t know this, and neither will gift-givers, meaning that the first emotion countless Vita owners feel when they try and play their new handheld will be anger and confusion. Especially when they realize the price of the memory stick.
If you plan on buying a PlayStation Vita, you will have to buy a memory stick just to play all the retail games, so the true cost of the Vita is above the advertised price of $249. Sony has basically sold a car without one of the wheels, just to make it appear cheaper.
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