PlayStation Vita game boxes are HUGE

You know how DS and 3DS game cases are quite small compared to DVD-sized game cases? And how PSP game boxes are tall and thin? Well, there's no such concessions where the PS Vita is concerned. Pictures have emerged from Japan showing the new media's storage styling... and frankly they're disproportionately large considering the size of the game card. A bit like keeping a mindisc in the sleeve for a '78... not that I'm implying any impending obsolescence in the Vita's proprietary media. Erm... let's see these pictures then, shall we?

Above: Pictures taken in Japan, sadly with no real frame of reference to judge comparative size, although a Memory Stick Pro Duo fits in the hole there

These are dummy boxes sent to Japanese retailers but, judging by the curved top of the card slot, these look like they will indeed hold actual Vita game cards, so this design seems very likely to be final. Interestingly, however, there's no sign of the plastic-saving design of the 3DS case. Guess someone does care about those penguins...

                                    Above: Can't believe I'd forgotten about this image

What's not clear from the Vita images is whether the boxes are exactly as big as PS3 game cases, but we kind of hope they are. After all, arranging your games just right on your shelf is a serious business as we very well know.

13 Oct, 2011

Source: Owacon via Kotaku

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  • solace357 - October 13, 2011 9:08 p.m.

    This makes sense for vita/bluray combo packs. like... if you were gonna buy wipeout for vita and ps3. I'm cool with the boxes looking uniform with my ps3 titles on the shelf.
  • Darkhawk - October 13, 2011 3:01 p.m.

    I care. I friggin' hate excess plastic, and if Sony plans on pushing game downloads anyway, why create so much waste on these packages? Fine, make it big enough to pick up on a store shelf, but this is unnecessary.
  • ultimatepunchrod - October 13, 2011 12:46 p.m.

    Who cares how bug they are? If they're like psp and ds then we'll just get a carrying case for multiple games
  • Turboash - October 13, 2011 10:24 a.m.

    Marketing FTMFL.
  • cokelogic - October 13, 2011 7:44 a.m.

  • eliguy83 - October 13, 2011 7:39 a.m.

    Gotta agree with the plastic-saving approach. Much as I love good box art, I've got nothing against buying art books etc. instead if the encasement saves on stuff elsewhere. It's just good environmental (and hopefully consumer) sense, especially in 2011. Hell, why not go a step further and save trees in the process as well, and start making the manuals downloadable pdfs; I mean, who really looks at those anyway? (And art books can be made with recycled paper :)
  • rob619 - October 13, 2011 6:45 a.m.

    3DS cases are great, small compact with a big picture. It actually relates to what it holds, a "small" game card. Which the Vita should do
  • bass88 - October 13, 2011 6:04 a.m.

    I love big cases. They just look nicer. That said, Sony should look at implementing a plastic-saving design.
  • Plan10FromOuterSpace - October 13, 2011 5:22 a.m.

    This is the first ive heard that the Vita will use memory cards as its format, any details on how that would work performance wise compared to UMD?
  • bass88 - October 13, 2011 6:07 a.m.

    Generally, memory cards run a lot faster. They are similar to cartridges.
  • Scoob - October 13, 2011 8:53 a.m.

    A good comparison would be to load up a game on the N64, and another on the PSOne, or between the DS and PSP. Also, carts use much less battery power as there is no motors needed to spin a disk and operate the optical laser.
  • Mooshon - October 13, 2011 5:04 a.m.

    I think I'm in favour of a standard sized case really. It does keep everything nice, tidy and stackable. I like. Maybe a bit of psychology going on though perhaps? People willing to fork out a higher rrp for a handheld game if it looks like a proper console?
  • Spintide - October 13, 2011 4:57 a.m.

    Are you serious? I'm not even an environmentalist and I could tell you this isn't good for the planet. It's a terrible waste of plastic. I suggest you guys should try to think a little , big cases aren't there to feed your game arranging fetish. They are for holding games and the less plastic used the better.
  • Mooshon - October 13, 2011 6:01 a.m.

    recycling ftw.
  • wadesmit - October 13, 2011 8:11 a.m.

    Yes, because everybody recycles their game boxes.
  • Primed - October 13, 2011 11:09 a.m.

    That's ok. the PSVita isn't going to sell well anyway.
  • tareq - October 13, 2011 11:10 a.m.

    PC Gamer Master Race only buys Digital Media
  • Shadow Of Death - October 13, 2011 4:40 a.m.

    That is a big huge. I would have thought they'd be at least the same size as the PSP boxes (a bit different, to make them more distinctive, but still close to that size). I think the size is more for the manual than anything else. Who wants to have a tiny manual with equally tiny graphics/text amirite? Still, this IS smaller than a blu-ray case, if nothing else.
  • badgraphix1 - October 13, 2011 12:03 p.m.

    That seems like stupid reasoning considering no one reads the manuals these days anyways. I think they should've taken the approach of the (3)DS cases.

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