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    The PlayStation Vita never really got its chance to shine in terms of popularity, with initial supporters quick to abandon it, followed shortly by being left behind by Sony itself. However, pre-production hardware is a topic that can unite even those who weren't fans of the Vita. For those that enjoy prototype video game systems and have a lot of money to burn, this PlayStation Vita development unit might just be for you. We first saw this "slider" prototype a few years back, when a user on assemblergames got a hold of one and posted a video, showing the differences between it and a normal retail Vita. The most notable features were that the prototype used normal sized SD cards, rather than the controversial and costly proprietary memory cards, and that it slid upwards to reveal its face buttons, much like the prior PSP Go.

    This development unit has resurfaced once more, with new pictures giving us another look at the original design. A seller by the name of vandalsgames has put it up for sale, for the low, low price of $19,999.00. On the auction page, the seller claims that it's a DEM-3000H84 unit on firmware 0.990, and it comes with the original power supply, an HDMI cable for the HDMI out function, and the power supply, as the prototype lacks a battery.

    :arrow: Source: eBay
    :arrow: Source: Assemblergames video
     
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  3. Godofcheese

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    Love it that the Prototype used normal SD cards :)
     
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    This is incredibly interesting, but i'm still waiting for the day that some more nintendo prototypes surfaces on the web (looking at you beta sm64 and sunshine)
     
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  5. Chary

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    I really wonder how much better the Vita would have done if it used SD cards in the end.
     
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    I honestly feel like the Vita would have sold heaps more if they actually used regular cards. Proprietary memory storage was one of the things that actually stopped me from getting one myself.
     
  7. FanNintendo

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    like the prototype better than original vita and similar to PSP-GO
     
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    Can it play games tho?
     
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    Buy it and let us know :tpi:
     
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    Makes you wonder how and why Sony screwed up so badly with those POS memory cards.
     
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    :rofl2:
     
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    Hey, if it works with SD cards and retail games, I'd say it's worth more than having a regular Vita :creep:
     
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    It might have sold a few more million units, but probably not enough to save it. Exclusive handhelds just aren't as popular as they once were. While the 3DS did sell well, it sold much less compared to the DS.
     
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    Hmpf, it’s not for sale. Didn’t you watch the video? :tpi:

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    Apparently, in Sony's eyes it goes;
    -Proprietary MC > micro SD Card
    -Proprietary serial port > micro Serial port
    -Unused-unknown port > HDMI Port

    They've change the port in the Slim to say the least.
     
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    Couldn't you just be the adapter and use a microsd though? I know it's a purchase but it's really only one time and not a lot. Guess they could have included one as well though
     
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    Heh, seen pictures of it before, immediately reminded me of the Xperia Play back then.
     
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    Lol like anyone would actually enforce that on eBay :lol:
     
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    "and have a lot of money to burn".. AKA to throw it into the garbage bin.

    Just before greed came and took over that lame brand owner.
    If the commercially available Vita had used SD Cards instead of those overly and stupidly overpriced things, the vita would've been something totally different in therms of success, but again, those sh**ty games took the complete catalogue and everything got ruined.

    But then, the scene devs came and everything is different for us, the final users. That's how things should always be.
     
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    I am not interested in selling my vehicle, am I?

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    lol, if you put cfw, you can access ps store and no ban, they DON"T CARE, they will care at this u think?
     
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    Almost-no-doubtly as a convenience to developers for screwing around with files instead of being something with a chance of releasing in that way, if you have Enso you can see in the boot_config.txt that even retail models can boot from either memory card or the nonexisting SD slot in service mode
     
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