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PS Vita: The Ultimate FAQ

Sid Shuman's Avatar + Posted by Sid Shuman on Feb 16, 2012 // Senior Manager, Social Media

With all eyes on the PS Vita’s US launch date of February 22nd, we wanted to begin providing definitive answers to your many questions about PS Vita. Behold: The PS Vita Ultimate FAQ! Of course, this list of Frequently Asked Questions is only a start and certain details are still being finalized. Rest assured that we’ll continue to update this FAQ leading up to launch, integrating new answers to your questions and additional details as they are verified and confirmed.

Read on to get answers to your questions regarding PS Vita, covering everything from the specs of the state-of-the-art OLED screen to support of Bluetooth peripherals and more. And remember: Please leave your burning questions in the comments and we’ll address them in a future update.

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General Questions

Q: When will PS Vita be available?
A: In North America, Latin America, and Europe, PS Vita launches on February 22nd, 2012. A limited-run First Edition Bundle launched on February 15th in the US. In Japan, PS Vita launched on December 17th.

Q: How much will PS Vita cost?
A: The Wi-Fi version will retail for $249, while the 3G/Wi-Fi version will retail for $299.

Q: How many software titles will be available at launch in the US?
A: PS Vita will launch with 26 games on its February 22nd launch date in the US, and every PS Vita system will be packed with six AR Play Cards. You can use these cards to play a selection of Augmented Reality mini games that will be available soon on PlayStation Store. You can watch videos showing off AR minigames Table Soccer, Fireworks and Cliff Diving in action.

Additionally, there will be a selection of 275 legacy PSP titles available to download from PlayStation Store at PS Vita’s launch and 117 PlayStation minis titles, with more legacy PSP and minis titles to come in the future. See the full list of currently supported PSP and minis titles here.

The full list of launch-day PS Vita titles is as follows:

SCEA Launch-Day Titles
Escape Plan (PSN Only)
Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational
Hustle Kings (PSN Only)
Little Deviants
ModNation Racers: Road Trip
Super Stardust Delta (PSN only)
UNCHARTED: Golden Abyss
wipEout 2048

Third-Party Publisher Launch-Day Titles
Army Corps of Hell by Square Enix, Inc.
Asphalt Injection by Ubisoft, Inc.
BEN10 GALACTIC RACING by D3 Publisher of America
Blazblue: Continuum Shift EXTEND by Aksys Games Localization, Inc.
Dungeon Hunter Alliance by Ubisoft, Inc.
Dynasty Warriors Next by Tecmo Koei America Corporation
F1 2011 by Codemasters
EA SPORTS FIFA Soccer by Electronic Arts, Inc.
Lumines Electronic Symphony by Ubisoft, Inc.
Michael Jackson The Experience Ubisoft, Inc.
Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus by Tecmo Koei America Corporation
Plants vs Zombies by Sony Online Entertainment LLC
Rayman Origins by Ubisoft, Inc.
Shinobido 2: Revenge of Zen by Namco Bandai Games America Inc.
Tales of Space: Mutant Blobs (PSN Only) by Drinkbox Studios
Touch My Katamari by Namco Bandai Games America Inc.
Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 by Capcom Entertainment, Inc.
Virtua Tennis 4: World Tour Edition by Sega of America

Worldwide, there are more than 70 PS Vita games currently in development. What’s more, some of the most popular third-party franchises in gaming will appear on PS Vita, including Assassin’s Creed, BioShock, Call of Duty, and Mortal Kombat.

Q: What will software pricing look like?
A: Pricing for PS Vita software ranges from $9.99-$49.99 (MSRP) and will be available for purchase at retail locations as well as downloadable on the PlayStation Store.

Q: Does the First Edition Bundle come with a digital or physical copy of Little Deviants?
A: The First Edition Bundle includes a copy of Little Deviants on a physical PS Vita game card.

PS Vita First Edition Bundle

Q: What accessories will PS Vita launch with in the US?
A: PS Vita will launch with a wide array of accessories. For gamers looking for a complete solution, a Starter Kit with Memory Card will be available for $39.99 (MSRP), which includes a 4GB Memory Card, Pocket Pouch, Protective Film, Game Card Case, Headphones, and Cleaning Cloth. Standalone Memory Cards will start at $19.99 (MSRP), providing plenty of options for storing games and save data, videos, music, photos and more.

The full list of upcoming PS Vita accessories is as follows:

Product Name
Starter Kit with Memory Card
4 GB Memory Card
8 GB Memory Card
16 GB Memory Card
32 GB Memory Card
In-Ear Headset
Carrying Case
Travel Pouch
Protective Film (2 pack)
Card Case
Cradle
AC Adaptor
Car Adaptor
USB Cable
Portable Charger
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$39.99
$19.99
$29.99
$59.99
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$19.99
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$9.99
$5.99
$19.99
$14.99
$14.99
$14.99
$49.99

Q: What wireless 3G plans will be available for the 3G/Wi-Fi model of PS Vita?
A: The AT&T Data Connect plans are month-by-month and are not contract based, and all plans include complimentary AT&T Wi-Fi hotspot access in the United States. There are two plan choices:

  • 1. 250MB for $14.99, 30-day recurring opt out, which starts at the date and time of purchase.
  • 2. 3GB for $30.00, 30-day recurring opt out, which starts at the date and time of purchase.
  • Vita First Edition Bundle

    Q: What are the advantages of choosing the 3G/Wi-Fi model of PS Vita? What will I get with it that I can’t get with the Wi-Fi model?
    A: With access to AT&T Broadband Network you can game with real-time connection, immediately socialize with your gaming community through news feeds, multiplayer game sessions, and compete for in-game achievements (Trophies). You can also stay up-to-date with continuous LiveArea news feeds, and cross-game text messaging with Party. 3G connectivity also benefits social apps such as Facebook, Twitter, foursquare, Skype and more, all optimized specifically for PS Vita.

    PS Vita 3G/Wi-Fi model also includes GPS for the most accurate geo-location reading, giving you an advantage when using “near” in that you can interact when you’re away from a Wi-Fi hotspot, whether you’re scooping up new track parts for ModNation Racers or accepting a new lap-time challenge in WipEout 2048.

    Q: Do all PS Vita users have to sign up with a cell phone provider?
    A: No. Users can enjoy either model of PS Vita using only Wi-Fi functionality.

    Q: What is “near”?
    A: “near” is PS Vita’s integrated social networking app that enables you to check in to real-life locations and pick up or leave gifts for other gamers to find and use in their games. You can also locate and connect with your PlayStation Network friends and other gamers nearby for ad-hoc communication and multiplayer sessions, whether you set up lap-time challenges in WipEout 2048 or trade costumes with a competitor in Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3. Using “near,” you can also see which games are the most popular and highest rated by fellow gamers near your location, which can help you locate new and interesting games..

    ”near” can calculate your location using a Wi-Fi location service; the 3G/Wi-Fi model includes GPS technology, which enables you to be the first to find valuable game gifts by logging into “near” via 3G with more precision…and no need to wait for a Wi-Fi hot spot!

    Q: Do you need 3G network connection to enjoy “near”?
    A: No. PS Vita users can enjoy “near” using Wi-Fi, but a 3G connection is preferred in order to maximize “near”’s capability. By using a 3G connection, users will be able to obtain more information and encounter new players in real time via “near”. Think of it as a geo-social gaming network that taps into your location, wherever you might be.

    Q: What kinds of “gifts” can you give and receive using “near”?
    A: ”near” enables PS Vita owners to access virtual game-related items that other users are sharing by checking in at geographic locations that other PS Vita users have also visited. The virtual items can come in many forms: new character costumes, weapons, and treasures, just to name a few. Sharing these items between users adds a unique dimension to the portable gaming experience on PS Vita while enhancing the social connectivity among the PS Vita community.

    Q: What is “LiveArea”?
    A: Every PS Vita game features a space called “LiveArea” where you can access new game information from Sony Computer Entertainment and third-party developers and publishers via PlayStation Network. You’ll also be able to view an “Activity” log that includes your PSN Friends, which is constantly updated with accomplishments from users who are playing the same game, which in turn can trigger active real-time communication and gameplay among users.

    Q: What is “Party”?
    A: “Party” brings the flexibility and power of cross-game chat or text chat to PS Vita’s online gaming, and it’s available even when users are playing different games or using different applications such as the Internet browser . Users who are chatting together can also seamlessly join an online game to play together, making it easy to hop into a quick match of Unit 13 or wipEout 2048. You’ll also be able to bookmark your favorite groups so you can easily reconnect with them later. Combined with near, a powerful geo-social gaming network, Party will give PS Vita owners more options to interact, communicate, and compete than ever before.

    Q: What system software will come pre-loaded on the final retail version of PS Vita in North America?
    A: PS Vita comes pre-installed with Welcome Park, “near,” “Party,” Trophies, Friends, PlayStation Store, Remote Play, Video player, Music player, Photos and Camera, Group Messaging, and Content Manager.

    Q: What is PS Vita’s battery life?
    A: Officially, PS Vita is rated at approximately 3 to 5 hours of gaming, 5 hours of video playback, and 9 hours of music playback. Recharging the battery from 0 percent will take approximately 2.5 hours.

    From a gaming perspective, you’ll notice that the most graphically intense games such as UNCHARTED: Golden Abyss are slightly more demanding on battery life, while simpler games such as Escape Plan are less demanding. To further maximize battery life, you can employ measures such as reducing the screen’s brightness or deactivating Wi-Fi. By and large, PlayStation employees who have used PS Vita extensively in the real world have praised the unit’s battery life – if you pick up PS Vita on day one, be sure to let us know what your experiences are.

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    Technical Specifications

    Q: I’ve heard that PS Vita uses OLED display technology. How does it work? What are the benefits of OLED? Why is it superior to traditional LCD-based displays?
    A: OLED technology is the most cutting-edge display technology on the market, boasting higher contrast and brighter color than LCD-based displays found in other devices. This next-generation display technology makes PS Vita games look dazzlingly bright.

    Q: What are the specs of the OLED screen?
    A: PS Vita’s OLED screen measures 5 inches, with a resolution of 960×544 pixels (16:9 aspect ratio) and a color depth of approximately 16,770,000 colors.

    Q: Is a memory card required for game play?
    A: You will need a memory card for those games that require game saves or have downloadable content. You will also need a memory card in order to take photos or videos using PS Vita’s integrated cameras.

    Q: Does PS Vita support Bluetooth headsets or Bluetooth headphones?
    A: Commercially available headphones/headsets supporting A2DP, HSP and AVRCP can be used on PS Vita, however they may function differently depending on the device’s specifications. Stereo Bluetooth is also supported, an important feature for users of Bluetooth headphones.

    Q: Can you use a commercially available Bluetooth keyboard or mouse? Can you connect the PS3 wireless controller to PS Vita like PSPgo?
    A: No. You won’t be able to connect a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse or a PS3 DualShock 3 wireless controller with PS Vita.

    Q: Can you access the Internet by connecting PS Vita to a Bluetooth-supported cell phone?
    A: No.

    Q: What video and audio formats will PS Vita support?
    A: PS Vita supports a wide array of audio files, including: MP3 (MPEG-1/2 Audio Layer 3), MP4 (MPEG-4 AAC), and WAVE (Linear PCM). Video formats supported include: MPEG-4 Simple Profile (AAC) and H.264/MPEG-4 AVC High/Main/Baseline Profile (AAC). Image and photo formats supported include JPEG, TIFF, BMP, GIF, and PNG.

    Q: Do you have any plans to introduce a video output cable? Will PS Vita have HDMI output?
    A: No, PS Vita does not have a video output feature.

    Q: Can you take out the battery from the system?
    A: No. PS Vita’s rear touchscreen requires the use of an internal embedded battery.

    Q: Is there a possibility of certain PS3 games using PS Vita as a second screen or peripheral at some point in the future?
    A: Remote Play on PS Vita will allow you to see and control your PS3 from your PS Vita; we’ll have further details to share in the future.

    Q: What colors will be available for the North American launch?
    A: Crystal Black will be available for launch.

    Other Questions

    Q: What does the name “PS Vita” mean?
    A: “Vita,” which means “Life” in Latin, was chosen as the name for PlayStation’s next-generation portable entertainment system because it enables rich gaming and social connectivity within a real-world context.

    Q: What was the hardware design concept behind PS Vita?
    A: While succeeding the basic design philosophy of PSP, PS Vita’s “Super Oval Design” form factor was designed to ensure the system fits comfortably in users’ hands. Another key goal was the introduction of dual analog sticks – a first for a portable gaming device – which will enable a much wider range of game experiences such as shooters, action games, and fighting games.

    Q: How do you buy PS Vita games?
    A: You can download PS Vita games and other content from PlayStation Store to a PS Vita memory card, or buy a physical PS Vita Card at retailers.

    Q: If you buy download content for PS Vita, up to how many systems can you copy it to?
    A: Users can activate two portable systems (either two PSPs, two PS Vitas, or one PSP and one PS Vita) to their PSN account.

    Q: Will users be able to access PlayStation Store from both 3G and Wi-Fi?
    A: PlayStation Store can be accessed from both 3G and Wi-Fi network connections, though you’ll want to reserve large downloads for a Wi-Fi connection.

    Q: Will the PlayStation Plus service extend any benefits to PS Vita?
    A: There are no details to share on PlayStation Plus support at this time.

    Q: Will PlayStation Protection Plan be available for PS Vita?
    A: Yes. PlayStation Protection Plan options are available for owners of PS Vita.

    Q: Will PS Vita support Netflix, Hulu, Video Unlimited, or other video services?
    A: Netflix will be heading to PS Vita in the US around the unit’s launch timeframe. Additional video content will be available to download on the PlayStation Store at launch in North America, but details on other video services have not yet been announced.

    Q: Will YouTube support, Flash content, and specialized files like PDFs be viewable on PS Vita?
    A: There are no details to share at this time.

    Q: Can I take in-game screenshots on my PS Vita?
    A: Yes. You can press the Start and PlayStation buttons together to instantly take a snapshot of your in-game exploits. You’ll find the game screenshot in your PS Vita’s photo gallery. You may not be able to take a snapshot of certain games or of certain parts of games.

    Q: There are three slots on the PS Vita, what are they for?
    A: There is one slot is for PS Vita Cards, a slot for the SIM card (3G/Wi-Fi model only) and a slot for PS Vita’s removable media that stores save game files and downloaded content.

    Q: Are PSP and PS3 user’s PSN accounts also available on PS Vita?
    A: Yes. Your PSN account will be available on PS Vita once you log in, and will carry over your Trophy collection and user data to your PS Vita.

    Q: Is PS Vita compatible with other PlayStation platform games like PS3, PS2, or PSP? Do you have any plan to support other PlayStation platforms in the future?
    A: Users can play supported digital PSP titles and supported minis. In regard to PSone classics titles, we will announce further details when they are ready. PlayStation does not have plans to make PS Vita compatible with PS3 or PS2 titles at this point.

    PSP Gaming on PS Vita

    Q: I have UMD games for my PSP. Do I need to buy them again from PlayStation Store to play the same game on PS Vita?
    A: Yes. PS Vita does not support UMD discs. Digital PSP games that were purchased via PlayStation Store will be available to download to PS Vita as long as they are included on the list of supported PSP titles. This list of legacy PSP titles will grow in time and we will confirm when new titles are added.

    Q: PS Vita doesn’t support UMD but do you have any plan to introduce peripherals like “UMD readers” for PS Vita in North America?
    A: Not at this time.

    Q: Is PS Vita compatible with video content available on PlayStation Store?
    A: Yes, PS Vita can play free and premium SD video content. If you purchased premium video content for your PSP, you will be able to access that content on your PS Vita by downloading it again via PlayStation Store.

    Q: What are the privacy settings on “near”?
    A: ”near” includes parental controls that automatically prevent the service from working based on the user’s age. Additionally, users can set privacy zones (i.e. their home, office, etc.) when they don’t want to be seen on the radar. There is also a setting to make certain games private, so you’ll retain full control over your public visibility.


    Q: What is Augmented Reality?
    A: Augmented Reality (AR) is a feature in certain games that allow you to insert elements of the real world into the game, whether it’s mapping your face onto a kung-fu champion in Reality Fighters or playing a digital game of soccer on your real-world coffee table with Table Soccer. PS Vita harnesses this technology using two cameras that were designed to excel at AR gameplay.

    Q: Does PS Vita’s VGA camera take high-quality photos?
    A: The key usage of PS Vita’s cameras is to support responsive gameplay and deliver experiences such as Augmented Reality (AR). We decided on the specifications with this in mind, and we specifically focused on frame rate and quality of video shooting.

    Q: Will you add new features to PS Vita through the system software update like you are doing with PSP and PS3?
    A: We will introduce new features, enhancements, and upgrades to PS Vita through system software updates.

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    + D-Squad3 on February 16th, 2012 at 8:49 am said:

    FIRST! Can’t wait to get my Vita. Wish that escape plan was physical though.


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    + FORMIK on February 16th, 2012 at 8:53 am said:

    Could I get a Sony Reader app so I can read e-books when not playing a game?

    Is there any news on how PlayMemories Online will work for the Vita?


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    + zzamaro on February 16th, 2012 at 8:56 am said:

    Introduce more colors for the system :)


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    + zzamaro on February 16th, 2012 at 8:56 am said:

    it sucks it won’t support youtube videos :(


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    + GODFATHERTIG on February 16th, 2012 at 8:58 am said:

    I bought my vita yesterday and let me say it is a great new fresh experience! It is Deff woth the money for the most part. All the games i played are awsome clear and crisp with color. The only issue is no Youtube and netflix at this point. And it was upsetting not to beable to play most ps3 downloaded tittles on the vita because about ten i have are not supported. But over all i am happy….But i will not be if there is a price drop within 6months to a year i spent 466.86$ opening day i feel all should pay what i did for atleast 2 years. Good job sony i hope you add ALOTT more features soon to make the vita more enjoyable!


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    + Friday on February 16th, 2012 at 8:59 am said:

    i just got my Vita yesterday. Impressive stuff guys! Good job. :-)

    Are there any plans to make save files from UMDs playable on the Vita? I have tons of saves from my UMDs, and I was curious to see if there was a way to transfer them to my digitally downloaded psp games so I can can continue where I left off. Thanks!


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      + Sid Shuman on February 16th, 2012 at 11:54 am said:

      Marking this for follow-up!


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    + doctormoon on February 16th, 2012 at 9:00 am said:

    I got a question will the ps vita support ad-hoc with the psp 3000 ex. playing metal gear solid peace walker,i have the umd on the psp and if i have the game also on the vita can i play co-op mode. or


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    + G-Force08 on February 16th, 2012 at 9:02 am said:

    Everything above I already know. However, I have a few other questions:

    When will Twitter, Foursquare, Facebook, Skype, and other social apps be made available to download?

    Why can PS3 users NOT see a Vita user’s status on their buddy list? (logged on, game playing, etc.) Are there any plans to fix that?

    Will there be an update to allow PS3’s to see PSV trophies?

    We can send messages from the PSV to the PS3 but at the moment you can only send photos over the PSN from PS3 to PS3 and PSV to PSV. Will we be able to send photos from the PSV to a user on the PS3 and vice versa?

    For now that’s all I can think of, I’m sure there will be more.


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      + Sid Shuman on February 16th, 2012 at 11:56 am said:

      Thanks for these, marking for follow-up!


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    + xMETATRONx on February 16th, 2012 at 9:03 am said:

    Do the First edition and launch bundle buyers have to wait a month until we get our free super stardust delta download. It doesnt seem right if we do. I dont remember you guys ever mentioning it. Other than how the free month of 3G was handled. Otherwise great system. I love it


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      + Sid Shuman on February 16th, 2012 at 11:58 am said:

      Checking into this


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    + ATES on February 16th, 2012 at 9:05 am said:

    Got mine yesterday and love it. Sucks that you have to wait till the 22 for some of the stuff like augmented reality and Netflix, I hope, to come out but I have uncharted play and replay


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    + krae_man on February 16th, 2012 at 9:06 am said:

    Please update the Vita and PS3 firmware so my PS3 knows when I’ve read messages and accepted friend requests on my Vita.

    I got a bunch of messages and friend requests playing Hot Shots last night and dealt with them all on my Vita. Then when I decided to take a Vita break(aka I drained the battery lol), and play some Jak and Daxter collection I got all the messages again on my PS3.

    Thanks in advance,

    -krae_man


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      + Sid Shuman on February 16th, 2012 at 11:58 am said:

      Thanks man, marking for follow-up


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    + remanutd5 on February 16th, 2012 at 9:08 am said:

    im really loving the system , i love Near , Party , Messages , friends apps ( even though i think message , friends should be one app ) , im loving Uncharted and little deviants , waiting on my wipoeut 2048 copy to be delivered ,but i have questions :
    1. i can see all my psn friends online ( ps3/ps vita ) but why our ps3 friends cant see us when we are using a vita online ?
    2. is there any way to erase notifications individually ?
    3. will we be able to make a wish lists and get notifications when they become available ?


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    + S-Cript on February 16th, 2012 at 9:10 am said:

    Where is remote play as got promissed and shown in various demos,
    I want to play ufc /madden/ fifa on my vita tru ps3
    Don’t tell us it doesn’t work as the various youtube clips even show bf3
    Running on remote play .

    You promissed it, now deliver!


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    + Boxster17 on February 16th, 2012 at 9:10 am said:

    Please fix this C2-12383-7 install error people have been experiencing, sucks having games sitting on the Vita that we can’t even play :( Other than that the system has been overall pretty great so far, just wish I could play some Super Stardust.


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    + xCh0z3n-0n3x on February 16th, 2012 at 9:10 am said:

    cant wait to get mine Feb 22!!! damn it just release it already!!


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    + iceboy9020 on February 16th, 2012 at 9:11 am said:

    Q: What video and audio formats will PS Vita support?
    A: PS Vita supports a wide array of audio files, including: MP3 (MPEG-1/2 Audio Layer 3), MP4 (MPEG-4 AAC), and WAVE (Linear PCM). Video formats supported include: MPEG-4 Simple Profile (AAC) and H.264/MPEG-4 AVC High/Main/Baseline Profile (AAC). Image and photo formats supported include JPEG, TIFF, BMP, GIF, and PNG

    So html5? No flash? No youtube?


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    + MS3Boy on February 16th, 2012 at 9:12 am said:

    Please clear up the difference between the AT&T Data Connect Pass & Free PSN Game offer with the First Edition Bundle and the Launch Day 3G/Wi-Fi Bundle.

    From looking at the forums, It seems as if my FEB brethren are as confused as I am about the process of obtaining our free 250MB/month and Super Stardust Delta download. It seems like we need to activate and pay for 250 MB data session, and after that month is up, we will receive a second 250 MB data session and download voucher for Stardust?

    The Launch Day 3G/Wi-Fi bundle makes it sound like there will be some kind of code to get the 250 MB data session and game immediately.

    What’s the deal, and are all of us FEB bundler’s correct in assuming our 2nd 250 MB data session & Stardust download will come in 30 days just from signing up for the 1st 250 MB data session? No extra steps/codes required?

    Thanks for any info you can provide us!


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    + shortyvs on February 16th, 2012 at 9:12 am said:

    A few questions:
    1) If I’m reading this correctly, the Wifi model does not include a GPS. To take advantage of “near” on the Wifi model, do you need to be actually connected to Wifi?
    2) For the 3G model, do you need to have paid for a data plan to use “near” without a Wifi hotspot? Or does the GPS work without it?


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      + Sid Shuman on February 16th, 2012 at 12:06 pm said:

      I can answer these! 1) That’s correct, no GPS for Wi-fi model. To take advantage of “near” you’ll need to be on a Wi-fi signal. The system is able to roughly define your location using Wi-fi, but not with the precision of the 3G/Wi-fi model. 2) You’ll need data plan to use “near” away from a Wi-fi spot. “near” requires some sort of data connect, whether it’s 3G data or a Wi-fi signal. Hope that helps!


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    + TooTall19 on February 16th, 2012 at 9:13 am said:

    Games list is missing the best one: Rayman Origins!

    Any chance of getting kakaotalk on the vita?


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      + Sid Shuman on February 16th, 2012 at 12:06 pm said:

      Ack! Thanks :)


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    + ZappCatt on February 16th, 2012 at 9:13 am said:

    Another person asking for ship timeframe for Facebook, twitter, skype. How will those be installed? Will it be part of an OS firmware update, or will they be individually selectable from PSN Store?

    Any timeframe on when more info regarding Remote Play compatible titles will be announced? The TGS demo of Killzone whet our appetite..but needless to say it does not work now. Any idea how many/how soon we will get Remote Play?

    Is there any chance that Near will become more “useful” by actually adding negative emoticons…if people can only tell me how great the game is..but no-one can show me that they don’t like it, I am going to just ignore all emoticons.

    So, even though the screen is beautiful with a relatively high resolution, we can only watch SD video content from the PSN store? How about self-ripped/produced videos at the Vitas resolution? Any plans to support HD videos in the future(anything purchased on my PS3 is in HD)


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      + Sid Shuman on February 16th, 2012 at 12:11 pm said:

      Marked for follow-up, thanks!


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    + Chronosv2 on February 16th, 2012 at 9:14 am said:

    @Friday (Msg#6): If you have a PS3 you can hook your PSP up to it, copy the saves from your memory stick to the PS3, then use the PSVita to get the saves from your PS3. If you don’t have a PS3, I’m not sure on how exactly you’d get them from your PC, but I’ll look into that.


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    + RedGiant17 on February 16th, 2012 at 9:16 am said:

    Is the screen made of Gorilla Glass or plastic?


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    + ItaChu on February 16th, 2012 at 9:16 am said:

    As other people are posting about Remote Play so will I as this is one important if not the best feature to me…

    Q: Is there a possibility of certain PS3 games using PS Vita as a second screen or peripheral at some point in the future?
    A: Remote Play on PS Vita will allow you to see and control your PS3 from your PS Vita; we’ll have further details to share in the future.

    THATS IT?! That’s all thats being said about Remote Play… where’s the list of compatible games?! So I guess we should assume Remote Play app is there but its not ready yet…. come on Sony work it!!! I want to play My PS3 games on Remote Play :)


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    + gus_xl on February 16th, 2012 at 9:17 am said:

    @18 That’s the question that no one seems to be able to answer. Does the GPS work if you don’t have a 3G account active?


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      + Sid Shuman on February 16th, 2012 at 12:13 pm said:

      Yep, GPS will work without 3G enabled — you’ll want to be connected to Wifi however in order to get the geographic information from the internet, along with the GPS data, to ensure the most accurate reading.


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    + hobb123 on February 16th, 2012 at 9:17 am said:

    I’m going to take mine on airplane in three months is going be safe to go threw x ray thing


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      + Sid Shuman on February 16th, 2012 at 12:14 pm said:

      Sure. I place all of my electronics into the plastic bin just to be on the safe side.


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    + kirafung on February 16th, 2012 at 9:17 am said:

    Need support or ways to use DLC for imported games…Or just let us add at least one more account to PSV.


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    + MKGUY on February 16th, 2012 at 9:18 am said:

    Any word on how good or bad the in ear headset is? I’ve been searching for reviews but no luck :(


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      + Sid Shuman on February 16th, 2012 at 12:14 pm said:

      Haven’t used it myself, but I’m sure some of the folks here have!


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    + Tw1zTiD-MaFiA21 on February 16th, 2012 at 9:18 am said:

    Is there any chance we can get an alarm app for the ps vita?


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      + Sid Shuman on February 16th, 2012 at 12:14 pm said:

      There will be one — Wake Up Party! More details on availability soon.


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    + Matrix_Lion on February 16th, 2012 at 9:22 am said:

    My friend got his yesterday and I was surprised at how light it was. The screen is beautiful it makes psp games look high def. I would like to know if or when apps like facebook, twitter, YouTube, and Netflix will be available?


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      + Sid Shuman on February 16th, 2012 at 12:15 pm said:

      We’ll confirm timing soon! Glad you like it :)


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    + KazeEternal on February 16th, 2012 at 9:23 am said:

    PSP Game save transferring to vita?


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    + iceboy9020 on February 16th, 2012 at 9:24 am said:

    So far three things need explaining.
    1. why did sony say the browser would have html5 but so far FEB people show that it isnt working,
    2. Does the GPS work if you don’t have a 3G account active or if its turned off temporarily?
    and finally
    3. HTML5


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      + Sid Shuman on February 16th, 2012 at 12:15 pm said:

      See above for the GPS question, I answered it a few comments before you. In terms of HTML5 support, I am marking this for follow-up.


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    + Shadow_Kamui on February 16th, 2012 at 9:24 am said:

    when the vita users will be able to download the share dlc with the ps3 game contra part

    Example I have a ps vita and UMVC3 but I cant access my dlc from the ps3 version on the vita store and it suppose I can not even searching on my download list on vita

    I will like to know if you will at on the future the option of the vita check constantly the messages like the ps3 not every 15 min. Because I was playing and some friends message me from their ps3 and i didn’t notice until I went out of the game because the vita don’t check constantly the messages.

    Put I have to say I am really happy with my vita works like a charm and manage very well multitasking and the screen is amazing and the touch work really well

    taking about multitasking theirs a maximum number of task that can be open at the same time ?

    and their is a way to but and alarm on the vita ?

    and I have notice if the system goes stanby he turn of the wifi and i cant continue my downloads and theirs no way turn of that fiture or at list tel him to make a exception because I will like to life my vita making the downloads and go to eat for example not neat to be playing for be able to complete a download


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      + Sid Shuman on February 16th, 2012 at 12:17 pm said:

      I’d ask Capcom about your DLC question, you can find them at @Capcom_unity on Twitter and they run the Capcom Unity blog. I’ll make a note on the PS Vita messages and multitasking questions; glad you’re liking the system! Yes, an alarm clock app will be coming, but no ETA yet.


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    + mauaus on February 16th, 2012 at 9:25 am said:

    PLEEAASE answer this… Can the Vita 3G model be sim unlocked for travel purposes??


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    + Falaut on February 16th, 2012 at 9:25 am said:

    Nice info for newcomers. Here is my two cents.

    Q: Is PS Vita compatible with other PlayStation platform games like PS3, PS2, or PSP? Do you have any plan to support other PlayStation platforms in the future?

    I don’t think any respectful Playstation owner is expecting PS3 games on our VITA (except through Remote Play, which is super important like a comment above said), but PSOne classics AND PS2 classics are a must. It doesn’t look like we’ll have PSOne’s ready for launch, which is really :(. This is really important as it would give the VITA a huge bump, not to mention things like more games on PSN due to publishers willing to put up classic games due to more people *gasp* buying them, and the publishers and Playstation *gasp again* making more money. What a concept.

    Please, as a person that bought the original Playstation when it was released and has been with the brand since, don’t drop the ball on such obvious things.

    Really looking forward to picking up a VITA.


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    + Nates4Christ on February 16th, 2012 at 9:25 am said:

    Can the vita play ad hoc multiplayer psp games with a psp?


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    + bka4u2c on February 16th, 2012 at 9:25 am said:

    Q: If you buy download content for PS Vita, up to how many systems can you copy it to?
    A: Users can activate two portable systems (either two PSPs, two PS Vitas, or one PSP and one PS Vita) to their PSN account.

    Awww man this kid of sucks. I’m not getting rid of my PSP but I am buying two PS Vitas (one for me and one for my daughter). Was hoping to link them all to one account. What happened to having 5 devices attached to one PSN account?


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    + LASTOFMYKIND09 on February 16th, 2012 at 9:26 am said:

    I need Madden for the Vita on the release date!! But really look forward to owning one!!


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    + Thwip on February 16th, 2012 at 9:26 am said:

    Great Q&A

    Q: What wireless 3G plans will be available for the 3G/Wi-Fi model of PS Vita?
    A: The AT&T Data Connect plans are month-by-month and are not contract based, and all plans include complimentary AT&T Wi-Fi hotspot access in the United States.

    Are you able to share any details with respects to 3G plans outside of the United States? Canada as an example?


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    + Sindred on February 16th, 2012 at 9:29 am said:

    I agree about the Sony Reader. I own one and it would be nice to have some of my books on the Vita. The screen definitely lends itself to it.


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    + ArchAngelMai on February 16th, 2012 at 9:39 am said:

    As a loyal fan, it saddens me to hear some of your answers Sony.
    -No intention of…
    1. Any video out.
    2. No connecting of PS3 Controllers.
    3. No plans to allow PS2 classics to run on the Vita.
    4. Not all PSP titles are supported.
    I guess this just confirms my reasons to wait for the PS Vita Go–or whatever you decide to call the model that features all these things the Go does. TT~TT


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    + ATOMS11 on February 16th, 2012 at 9:40 am said:

    Does Vita do PlayStation Home? Its a huge deal!


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      + Sid Shuman on February 16th, 2012 at 12:19 pm said:

      No Home support at this time


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    + Major_Hoare on February 16th, 2012 at 9:44 am said:

    What I want to know is will the Vita mark the return of the PSP comic book app?!?


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      + Sid Shuman on February 16th, 2012 at 12:20 pm said:

      No word at this time


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    + MartiniMan on February 16th, 2012 at 9:45 am said:

    Got mine yesterday and so far it’s very impressive. Near is just damn awesome and that could be a game changer. It’s nice to see all the people near me that are into the same things I am. And to be able to compare my level of play to theirs is very cool. My trophy count is higher, but their skill level is higher. Being able to instantly add them to my friends list is very nice.

    I think the Vita interface and functionality is everything they want the PS3 to be but couldn’t. I look forward to the PS4 having all this integration, it’s just like nothing else out there for gamers and will really deepen our level of gameplay with others around us.

    My complaints echo the rest. Why in the world could you not have the PS3 know when you are playing the Vita on your friends list notification and why not have the trophies show up on your PS3 list? With the trophy counts being integrated, it just is lost on me on how/why that didn’t happen. And HTML 5, where for art thou?

    So far, very happy but hoping for some quick feature fixes to really make the Vita shine bright.


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    + bka4u2c on February 16th, 2012 at 9:45 am said:

    Agree LASTOFMYKIND09, Madden 12 was the title i was most disappointed about not appearing on the list.


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    + sikfreek on February 16th, 2012 at 9:47 am said:

    very very disappointed!! no youtube support?? it should be an absolute must especially after that cack handed browser on the psp… any plans for youtube support? whether i buy one or not all rest on that question….


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    + Rockstarmd on February 16th, 2012 at 9:47 am said:

    Will this be supported better than the PSPGO? Cause I went out on a limb on that and you guys not only didn’t support it but you didnt give us the games we want to download for example the Kingdom Hearts game which was the reason I bought mine. Or the Bleach and Naruto games oops those didnt get a downloadable version either and we didn’t have option for a disk.


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    + JoeTheBeast16 on February 16th, 2012 at 9:50 am said:

    I’d like to know what’s going to go on for the support of the Remote play feature, You’ve demoed Killzone being played on the Vita, and I’d like to know if I’m ever going to be able to use my Vita to play my ps3 while my girlfriend watches TV.
    Other then that, I’m thoroughly enjoying my Vita, and was even more impressed with it then I was expecting to be.
    Great Job to Sony, and I can’t wait for some great FPS’s and some Elder Scrolls-style RPG’s to come to the system! – Information on such titles would be greatly appreciated as well!!!!


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    + MarkakaJin on February 16th, 2012 at 9:50 am said:

    Apps that I would like you guys to add in: Yelp, Getglue, and Google Voice.


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    + Slythess on February 16th, 2012 at 9:51 am said:

    This is a bit sad. It sounds great with the AR and all but if it doesn’t play my 40+ UMD discs that’s 1 negative sale point. Having to pay on PSN for digital copies of movies I’ve bought on Bluray already gets way too spendy, especially when you have to pay every time you redownload movies or shows, another negative sale point. Smart phones and tablets have more video playing options then the Vita says it will, another negative point. Every device these days should have multiple video players to play videos. What type of memory cards does the Vita use? If not the Duo memory cards from the PSP then all 18 I have already were a waste to have to buy new ones all over again to use on the Vita if it’s not backward compatible (with the exception of certain games). There are lots of things the Vita should have been equipped with that were slacked on, as a programmer I know it isn’t that complex to include certain programs that are missing. I think after you get past the AR and the pretty new screen it’s going to lose a lot of umph fast once it hits the general population. Until there is a backwards compatible portable that doesn’t cost as much as a console (with less options then a console) I am good w/ my PSP still : -)


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    + BigPoppaChunk on February 16th, 2012 at 9:52 am said:

    1 has there been anymore updated backwards compatible titles for the vita added to the list.

    2 will the vita be seeing playstation plus support.

    3 when will we be seeing more info on the vita games under construction [ killzone , cod ]

    4 i know sony was trying to secure flash rights for the vita for youtube how’s that going xbox has it!

    5 why so stingie on the 10% foe some of the downloadable games.

    and lastley how about more info on remote play ps3 games to be added to the list of 3 yes 3 only 3 games you already have not only psn but ps3.


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