Sony has finally released the patch that its NX series, NZ90, and TG50 need to make full use of Memory Stick PRO cards. This has been eagerly awaited by users of these models as the cards themselves have been available for several weeks. The patch is available on Sony’s support site.
With this patch, users will be able to do almost anything with a MS PRO card that they could do with a standard Memory Stick, like play MP3s, record sound with the Voice Recorder, use MS Import and Export, and more.
However, it does not allow playback of ATRAC3 files recorded with SonicStage software, despite the fact that MS PRO cards use Sony’s MagicGate technology, which is supposed to allow ATRAC3 playback. Presumably a future version of this update will fix this.
Sony posted this patch on its Japanese site over a week ago.
About Memory Stick PRO
Memory Stick PRO cards transfer data significantly faster than regular Memory Sticks and this new format has a maximum capacity of 32 GB, though cards of this size won’t be available for a long time. Regular Memory Stick cards top out at 128 MB.
Unfortunately, the new format is not compatible with all Clie handhelds. Palm OS 4 models will not be able to use these cards.
The first Memory Stick PRO cards come in three sizes. SonyStyle is offering a 256 MB one at $150, a 512 MB one at $320, and a 1 GB one at $640. Of course, other companies have them for less. For example, both eCost and PC Mall list the 1 GB card for $500. Other retailers sell it for even less.