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Console Memory Cards

Now, I don’t know why you’d want to save your games on a memory card instead of the hard drive, but I was looking at the options for Xbox 360 and PS3 owners. At Amazon, for example, the 64MB memory card for the Xbox 360 costs $39.99. To do a comparison, I took a look at Memory Stick media at Amazon that can be used with the PS3. I could also have looked at SD or CompactFlash cards too, but I wanted to keep it simple (read: I’m lazy).

I was looking for MemorySticks in the $39.99 price range, but there was nothing at exactly that price. But close were:

Sony 1GB MemoryStick ($28.83)
Sony 2GB Memory Stick PRO Duo ($44.53)
SanDisk 1GB MemoryStick PRO Duo ($34.99)

Hmmm. 64MB versus 1GB (for cheaper). Is Sony pulling an Apple on us? That is, Apple used to be a purely proprietary company. Now they support a lot of standards like USB, Firewire, DVI, Unix, Java, AIM, etc. To tell you the truth, I was surprised to see memory card readers on the PS3 other than the Sony MemoryStick. What’s Sony trying to do here, give us options?

Like being able to store a bunch of songs on a MemoryStick PRO Duo, and be able to use it both in your PSP and in your PS3? Or videos? Or other stuff? Pshaw! What kind of thinking is that?