Sony's Munechika Nishida recently participated in an interview where several key questions were asked regarding the PlayStation Vita. Among the topics dicussed were those expensive custom memory cards. You know, the ones that you'll have to buy to save your game content. The ones that you'll have to buy because the Vita won't support SD cards like a normal device.
As translated by Andriasang, Nishida stated that Sony opted to use its own custom memory cards in order to provide "something with an equal condition for everyone." I have no idea what this means, but it seems like one of those runaround answers that translates to "because we can."
According to Nishida, relying on custom memory cards ensures better security for Vita users. Additionally, the memory cards will be used as storage devices for the Vita. Not only will games be saved onto them, but patches and downloadable content will rely on the expensive little buggers, as well.
I'm not sure how I feel about the reasoning behind the Vita memory cards. I mean, those darn things are mighty expensive, and knowing Sony's reasons for relying on its own data storage for the Vita doesn't make me change my mind. Oh, Sony, why couldn't you have just used regular, inexpensive SD cards?