Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Sony Handheld Nonportable

Vita has Flash Problem

And I don't mean Adobe. Even though discontinuing Flash development for mobile devices, Adobe are still in negotiations with Sony for a Vita version of (probably) Flash Mobile 11 - the last version they'll ever make available for phones and tablets. But Steve Jobs has driven all web video irrevocably in the direction of HTML5; and as for Flash games, well, they're mostly rubbish on wee displays like the Vita's 5" OLED capacitive touchscreen anyway. No, the issue I'm referring to is this new announcement from Sony, that the PS Vita will require the use of proprietary memory cards. And just why exactly might that be? A Sony spokesperson explains: [we are] using proprietary memory cards, both for security reasons, and to ensure a consistent experience for all users.

Ah right, security reasons, of course. And yes, a consistent user experience. Always thinking about its beloved users, Sony is. About their security. And about the consistency of their experience. So, we should expect these proprietary sticks to be priced similarly to existing, industry standard flash memory cards, right?

Prices are in dollars. Source: Amazon.com, except for Sony prices, which are current listings at Gamestop.

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