Sunday, November 27, 2011

Vita Accessories Priced?

Update!:  It's worth mentioning that the actual prices have been announced and are less than the ones listed below almost universally.

So, The Examiner just put out the fact that GameStop's website has stealthily priced quite a bit of the Playstation Vita's accessories for everyone to check out and/or flip out over.  Unsurprisingly, there is a lot of the latter going on because "argh proprietary arrrgh" which only seems to come out on a Sony product or maybe I'm just a little hypersensitive to it.  Just saying they're not the only ones who go with proprietary formats is all, and there's actually (at least somewhat of) a reason here in the simple case that proprietary formats are at least an attempt at keeping your device safe.  With the way the PSP went, it's no surprise that Sony's going this way and of course everyone will whinge about it anyway.

Regardless, if you want to check out the GameStop prices you can go here where I think I pretty much have them isolated (albeit with a few games and the two systems) or you can just read to the end of this sentence and then check out the list I will shamelessly copy/paste.

  • 4GB PlayStation Vita Memory Card - $29.99 (24.99?)
  • 8GB PlayStation Vita Memory Card - $44.99 (39.99?)
  • 16GB PlayStation Vita Memory Card - $69.99  
  • 32GB PlayStation Vita Memory Card - $119.99  
  • PlayStation Vita AC Adaptor - $19.99  
  • PS VITA Armor GameCase - $7.99  
  • PS VITA ArmorShell - $12.99  
  • PlayStation Vita Car Adaptor - $17.99  
  • PlayStation Vita Card Case - $9.99  
  • PlayStation Vita Carrying Case - $19.99  
  • PlayStation Vita Cradle - $19.99  
  • PS VITA Crystal Custom Case - $19.99  
  • PlayStation Vita In-ear Headset - $19.99  
  • PS VITA Nerf Armor - $17.99  
  • PlayStation Vita Portable Charge - $49.99
  • PlayStation Vita Protective Film (Two Pack) - $14.99
  • PS VITA Pull N Go Folio - $29.99  
  • PlayStation Vita Starter Kit - $29.99  
  • PS Vita Starter Kit - $24.99  
  • PS Vita Trigger Grip - $17.99  
  • PlayStation Vita Travel Pouch - $19.99  
  • PlayStation Vita USB Cable - $14.99
So, as you can see the Memory sticks are front and center here and as you may know, whether a Vita game will use a stick or the cart itself for saving is a bit up to every game in question.  (Unless, assumedly you just get the game digitally in the first place) so it is very likely that you can get a game with the save-on-cart feature and not even worry about the stick right off.  Of course, I'm looking for a stick to grab on some of my PSP games at the very least and while I was originally thinking about just grabbing a 4 Gig (as I've mentioned in the past how I'm surprised at what a 4 gig can really hold), the 8 gig is tempting me on those prices alone.  $45 for 8 gigs isn't the most attractive proposition, of course, but just taking what's there, I could get 4 for $30 right off and need another 4 gig later or save half of that and just get an 8 right upfront.  It'll probably last me a while, regardless.

The only thing I can really pick out here that bothers me a bit is the Portable Charge, which was something I've talked on in the past and was really interested in grabbing.  I still probably will someday, but $50 is a little steep unless the extra battery life is really noticeable (more than the base battery is what I'm looking for here) which is likely something we won't know about until it's closer.  Regardless, I doubt these prices are surprising anyone and, in the end, it's really not that big of a deal but everyone will make it out to be one.  Then turn around and buy a 4 gig 360 only to later buy a hard drive for it that'll cost them more than if they'd just bought the system with an actual hard drive in it and keep on keeping on.  Which is really what's bothering me here, clearly.  I'm just tired of seeing all these promotions and sales for the 4 gig model because what the hell can you do with 4 gigs on a console?  A console that practically begs you to install your games on it?

Regardless, that's another rant for another day.  The main draw here is the accessories and their pricing, which is above and likely concrete.  Always take this stuff with a grain of salt, of course, as Gamestop has been known to mis-price things on their website before when there's a long time between release and the product itself, but these are about in-line with what anyone could expect, so there's really no reason to go against them at the moment.  And hey, at least you know before Christmas, so you can start prodding people into gift card purchases to the retailer of your choice, yeah?  I know it's what I'm doing.

Update!:  It should be noted that the prices of the smaller Vita Memory sticks might be lower than GameStop lists and as we all know, none of these prices have been confirmed by Sony yet.  Regardless, it's not hard to imagine these prices (though the 'corrections' are a mild bit more palatable) will be correct.  We'll just have to see, though!

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