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Sony Playstation Vita Memory Sticks Appear Online

Sony is still keen to launch proprietary storage standards despite the issues encountered with UMD and will be introducing a new memory card for the Playstation Vita, the successor to the PSP.

Neogaf (opens in new tab) managed to get hold of a picture - from E3 - showing four memory cards with sizes ranging from 4GB to 32GB and carrying the PSVITA logo; although they do look a lot like microSD cards, they're unlikely to be compatible.

Strangely enough, the cards (opens in new tab) will fit into Playstation card cases that look a lot like SD cards; furthermore back in March only 2GB or 4GB storage capacities were mentioned with up to 10 per cent of the space reserved for patches and game data.

Vita gaming consoles will not be region-locked which means that gamers will be able to download gaming content from the PSP store and use them anywhere in theory.

The console will be out later this year and will come with a massive 5-inch OLED multi touch capacitive screen, a quad core ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore SoC, two cameras, Wi-Fi, 3G, Bluetooth and a few more features that make it look a lot like a smartphone.

It's arguably not the first time that Sony has delved into the murky world of proprietary storage formats; although it first publicly demonstrated the compact disc back in 1976, which is the forefather of the DVD and the likes, it also tried to get the Minidisc, the Universal Media Disc, the DAT and the memory stick, all of which have ultimately failed.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.