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Oh! Those pricey Vita memory cards are for security

6:00 PM on 12.02.2011

Dale North

Former Dtoid EIC

I know you're pissed about the pricing of those PlayStation Vita memory cards, but there's more to them than just data storage, says Sony.

Sony's Muneki Shimada told Watch Impress that they went with their own proprietary memory cards instead of the more popular SD or other options to ensure an equal user experience for everyone. He noted that these fancy cards of theirs also addresses security concerns. Supposedly these cards will ensure the security of the Vita, according to the interview.

Is that why they cost so much? Is there some fancy security voodoo in there that wouldn't work on an SD card? It's good that Sony is thinking about security, but they should think about our wallets, too. 

Shimada seems to want to say that these cards are more than just devices to save games; he referred to them as Vita "storage," used for patches, DLC and game data.

Also, check this hacker block move: Your PC will not work as mass storage, as Sony blocked that function. If you want to transfer files, you'll need to do so with Sony's content management program. It gets worse: There's no Mac version of this content management program yet. Andriasang says that they're working on that, though. 

C'mon, Sony!

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