PS Vita Memory Cards
If you're getting the new PlayStation Vita from Sony, you'll want to get some sort of memory card to optimize your experience.
Getting the Most Out of Your PlayStation Vita
If you're thinking about getting a PlayStation Vita, a PS Vita memory card is an important purchase to consider. After all, certain games absolutely require a card in order to play, according to this article on EuroGamer. And not having a card is going to put a serious damper in the handheld's capabilities.
(Unless you're getting a PlayStation Vita First Edition Bundle, which includes a 4GB card, in which case getting a separate card is less important, especially until you have time to figure out your personal memory card needs).
If you're like me, then you're a little upset that Sony has decided to use an expensive, proprietary card instead of a standard SD card, which can be purchased for not a lot of money. Even after reading Sony's explanation (also available on EuroGamer), I'm still not feeling much better about the whole situation. Still, since you're going to need to buy in if you want to use the Vita, you might as well learn some details about the Vita SD cards and usage.
Why do I need a PS Vita Memory Card?
Why does the PS Vita have dual slots?
Some people have been confused about the "dual-slot" capability. One slot is for the SD memory card, and the other slot is for the game media.
Which memory card should I get?
Unless you're already getting a card with the bundle, I recommend the 8GB PlayStation Vita memory card. Read on to learn more about my thoughts on each of the different cards available.
The 4GB PS Vita Card
A Bit Small (Unless You Get It for Free)
This card comes included with the PS Vita First Edition Bundle. Although you might think it would be nice to get a slightly larger card, the truth is you can get a lot out of a 4 gig card. Especially since most of the gaming action will happen on the actual game media itself.
Still, this probably isn't the best choice if you're buying a card separately. At $20, it's the worst value of GB per dollar of all available cards (for example, two 4GB cards would cost $40, but you can get 8GB for just $30). If you can spare a little extra cash, consider upgrading to the next size.
|4GB PlayStation Vita Memory Card|
This 4GB card is small and mighty.
The 8GB PS Vita Card
The Perfect Size
If you're getting a separate memory card for your PS Vita, this is the one that I'd most highly recommend. It's a good value, and should serve most players well for the foreseeable future. Hopefully, by the time you need a larger card, the prices will have gone down, or there will be other options available.
|8GB PlayStation Vita Memory Card|
This powerhouse card should be adequate for most users.
The 16GB PS Vita Card
Plan for the Future
16GB might be a bit excessive for your Vita storage needs. Additionally, since the GB per dollar isn't much better than the 8GB card, you might want to just get an 8GB card unless you're sure you're going to be storing a lot of data.
Then again, it's pretty much guaranteed that the need for storage space will only continue to grow in the future. Getting a 16GB memory card for your PlayStation Vita now is a good way to prepare for the future.
|16GB PlayStation Vita Memory Card|
16GB sounds like a lot, but as games start to require more memory, it could be useful to have.
The 32GB PS Vita Card
A Good Deal - But a Big Investment
This is the granddaddy of all memory cards for the PlayStation Vita. I can't imagine getting this card right off the bat, as even my camera which shoots HD video and regularly stores hundreds of high-resolution pictures gets by just fine on 8GB, and my iPad does well with 16.
However, at only $99.99, it's certainly the best value in GB per dollar of the bunch. You'd expect it to be twice the cost of the 16GB, but you're saving $20.
|32GB PlayStation Vita Memory Card|
This card will be excessive for most users, but if you think you'll want 32GB in the near future, you might as well go ahead and splurge.
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