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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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MSRP
$39.99
$19.99
$29.99
$59.99
$99.99
$19.99
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$19.99
$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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    + Shadow_Raskolnik on February 17th, 2012 at 2:43 pm said:

    Is it alright if the questions I ask don’t exactly deal with the Vita itself, but with services connected with it.

    My first would be is there any chance we could see price drops or at least a sale on PSP titles on the PSN (or I guess SEN as it is now known called)? The other questions are that with the change from the PSN to SEN will there be a way for us to change our old usernames or will we have to create new accounts? And if we do have to create new accounts will there be a way to transfer the content we have from the old account to the new one?


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    + boxmyth on February 17th, 2012 at 3:07 pm said:

    Just thought of one: if Vita games will be released to retail stores on Tuesdays, will they be available on PSN with the Tuesday Store Update or just go live at midnight (monday night into tuesday)?
    Since I’m sure there’s going to be some big name games coming out that a lot of players will want to have before the Store officially updates late on Tuesday nights.


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    + burddawg70 on February 17th, 2012 at 3:16 pm said:

    Hope you can answer this. I see that downloaded content can be put on two PS Vita’s. If I download to my PS3 with my PSN, download say Uncharted – pop it over to my Vita under my PSN. Can I connect my son’s Vita to the PS3 and download Uncharted to his Vita with him being able to use his PSN ID? Or does it have to be my PSN ID on BOTH vita’s? Hope he can use his ID, he saved up and bought the Vita himself and has enough to buy one game for now.


    204

    + zamma92 on February 17th, 2012 at 3:22 pm said:

    why should i get uncharted golden abyss if i did not even have it on my ps3 ??


    205

    + gameace999 on February 17th, 2012 at 3:43 pm said:

    Will there be a Mortal kombat demo for vita? Just as there was one for PS3?


    206

    + Joeltron3030 on February 17th, 2012 at 4:15 pm said:

    Thanks for taking the time to respond Sid! I see there is no shortage of questions :P
    Anyways, called Sony earlier, still no time frame on when Stardust will be fixed, and a refund will take 7-10 days to process…so Im just gonna be a patient and wait for the fix…In the meantime I cracked and picked up Uncharted!


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    + XCrownedClownX on February 17th, 2012 at 5:26 pm said:

    I got the Playstation Wireless Stereo Headset for christmas and was wondering if there were any plans (or even thoughts) about developing an adapter for the Vita’s accessory port to make it compatible? It’s a fantastic product and I would love to be able to use it with my Vita.


    208

    + snakeeyes211 on February 17th, 2012 at 5:40 pm said:

    I just activated my data plan when do I get my free game and do I get the free session with the first edition bundle because there’s no promotional code in the box?


    209

    + gamminggrammy on February 17th, 2012 at 6:14 pm said:

    I picked up my Vita on Wednesday. Love it, but am disappointed that my Psp titles that I downloaded specifically for the lauch of vita do not work. Only 2 titles were compatible. I am disappointed, but I could re-buy them. I hope we will be able to download them in the near future. Any word on that. Since I am 64 I hope they make them available in my timeline, and not my Great-grandchild lifetime.


    210

    + sane09-10 on February 17th, 2012 at 7:32 pm said:

    Yo son i had da best question nd they be answerin stupid questions DAT SAD


    211

    + Patchex on February 17th, 2012 at 8:07 pm said:

    Mr. Sid, I still have some more questions and comments about the Vita… I sent an email to the address listed, and have made several visits to the Hill club yet have not received any information back or directly. Could you please take a look at the thread I made and check into why I never got an Email back?

    http://community.us.playstation.com/message/37322434#37322434


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    + Nightowl2608 on February 17th, 2012 at 9:00 pm said:

    When are you going to make YouTube work.


    213

    + AL_KABONE on February 17th, 2012 at 9:15 pm said:

    I think Sony should add a section of the PSN Store as an App Market like Android or Apple has. Maybe even partner with the Android Market to offer the small mini games and apps that you can get on smart phones at just a couple of dollars. That in addition to the awesome retail games they offer would make the Vita the best of both worlds. Remember… the smart phones and tablets don’t have traditional controls to go with the touch functionality.


    214

    + DR-ZMBK on February 17th, 2012 at 10:18 pm said:

    If I continue to play my PS3 games on the PS Vita, will I still get trophies?


    215

    + skygunner27 on February 17th, 2012 at 10:50 pm said:

    Can some one please tell me when Ridge Racer for Vita launches here in the states? NamcoBandai, Playstation blog, us.Playstation.com, Gamestop & Bestbuy all have different release dates.


    216

    + creeper43 on February 17th, 2012 at 11:21 pm said:

    Ok on the blogcast thing, whatever i think you know what i mean. they said that you could turn off your 3g one month and then resume it months later so i want to know;

    Is the data plan good for one months worth of use (like 30 days of it being activate it so i could have it off monday, on tuesday and wensday but off thursday. and so on and so on until iv reach a collective of 30 days) aka: one month.

    Or is it just once its active i can terminate for this month and pick it up next month and have to be commited

    Or is it just one straight month

    Does the mb and or gb rollover to next months and can you buy a 3gb data plan one month run out the go buy another for that month and just refill the gb

    PLEASE ANSWER BECUASE NO ONE HAS HAD THIS QUESTION ASKED IN THIS DEPTH.


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    + skygunner27 on February 17th, 2012 at 11:53 pm said:

    Can you guys focus on a providing a more fluid web browser experience with Youtube/app support?


    218

    + bmart008 on February 18th, 2012 at 7:04 am said:

    Please bring PSOneClassics to the Vita soon, and PS2 Classics as well. It won’t stop people buying good PSVita games, and if you think it will it means you haven’t really made any compelling software yet. I got my Vita on the 15th, and I like it a lot, but it needs to support all PSP titles, and PSone and PS2 titles.

    Also, I heard there is a Youtube app, will that launch of the 22nd?


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    + yagamikun on February 18th, 2012 at 8:21 am said:

    :Bing: Playstation

    Dear Playstation,
    To say you have made me happy by releasing the Vita is not doing my thanks enough justice. Although some of the launch titles have left a little to be desired (looking at you Uncharted: Golden System Tutorial), the overall feel of the system and quality is astounding. I’m exceedingly excited to see what comes up in the near future. Can’t wait for Gravity Rush! Keep it coming Sony! I want to see the Vita succeed, not just for the amazing games I know can be made for the system, but to keep alive the dedicated gaming portable. Grats on making one of the best consumer handheld devices I’ve ever experienced.


    220

    + U_P_S on February 18th, 2012 at 10:18 am said:

    Will we still be able to download RSS feeds onto Vita?


    221

    + SukiHissori on February 18th, 2012 at 10:19 am said:

    When playing through Remote Play on the Vita, can we play PSOne and PS2. classics when selected through the XMB?

    ALSO, during Remote Play of any game, how does one use all four shoulder buttons? Like L2 and R2?


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    + Drugdealer718 on February 18th, 2012 at 10:55 am said:

    For those of you that have a Vita and are unsure whether it plays PS1 games directly… you can play them but only through the remote play feature from your PS3. its works with ALL ps1 games. i tried it myself already hope this helps :)


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    + jcpassion88 on February 18th, 2012 at 11:34 am said:

    Loving my vita. I managed to get in on the first edition bundle day one of its notification.(1) I received info that if you already had wipeout 2048 on the ps3 that you will be able to transfer it to the vita. Is this correct?(2) If so is that able to be done at this moment or do we have to wait for the 22nd launch?(3) How do we go about transferring it to our vita? Someone mention earlier about the e reader being on the vita and i believe that’s a fantastic idea. Allow the customers to read anything from bible to science fiction or even a biography on there vita’s. My brother has an ipad and i have all way’s been a sony fan since the original playstation. I don’t want to have get an ipad or ipod when I can just do everything on my vita.(4) Do you all know if your also incorporating this feature of transferring games with the street fighter x tekken? That would be amazing if you are. I read that it’s being done with ultimate marvel vs capcom 3. You all keep up the great work. Continue to listen to the customers as you are doing and you can only succeed. Sony fan for life. :)


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    + tiredminds on February 18th, 2012 at 12:00 pm said:

    We really need some coherent answers about remote play of ps3 games. Its pretty much the single reason I want one of these. Sony said it will be a feature, and now it looks like its not going to happen.
    This was touted as a launch feature a few months back. I have cancelled my pre order until I can get a guarantee and official announcement that this promised feature will work.
    I understand there is plenty of Vita content that will be available. However that content is not appealing to me, true remote play is.
    Also, the list of available psp titles that will work is embarrassing. Either that or my game tastes are off. None of my 12 psp digital games are on the list. This was another promised feature that is not up to par and needs to be addressed. I was really excited to get my Vita on Tuesday, unfortunately I will now be waiting until these issues get addressed.


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    + alphacow1 on February 18th, 2012 at 12:02 pm said:

    I was expecting the Vita to model after the PSP go, I like the PSP’s slide action design, the flat analog sticks, XMB menu style, all the goods with a touch screen. Truthfully I was disappointed when the Vita turned out to have a design more of the original PSPs. I think Sony should look at designing a “Vita Go”, if you will. The Vita is still amazing though!


    226

    + Struminstrings on February 18th, 2012 at 12:35 pm said:

    Can’t wait till Wednesday! Will the Vita support DLNA? I watch movies all over my house using that…


    227

    + silverthehedgeh on February 18th, 2012 at 1:29 pm said:

    see that it says 3g but after signing up for a plan, 2g shows up in the bar. do i need to buy a higher plan or is 3g just not available where i am?


    228

    + bridgepin on February 18th, 2012 at 2:20 pm said:

    Will the upcoming Sony XBA Balanced Armature Bluetooth Earbuds be compatible with the Vita? And if so, can volume control be changed via the Vita or will there be a volume adjustment on the earbuds themselves? Thanks! Btw, I love my First Edition PS Vita!!


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    + mcbuttz78 on February 18th, 2012 at 2:39 pm said:

    @215.. the data plan is non accuring so after 30 days it will not auto re new . no mattter how long sit out everything stays the same .. once you want to renew it then thats when the service starts agn its not a contract or re accuring based thing.

    Its based on your delight and wants to buy..

    mcbuttz78
    vp-psn legionairre group


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    + Shinji_Rarenai on February 18th, 2012 at 5:17 pm said:

    I want to download some games ahead of time so that I will have them ready when I get my 3G/Wifi launch bundle in the mail on Wednesday. I downloaded the Content Manager Assistant mentioned in comment #87 and I also trying to log in on the PlayStation 3 store, but I don’t see anywhere where I can buy and download Vita games. I updated my PlayStation 3 to version 4.11 just to make sure that wasn’t causing the problem.

    What am I doing wrong?


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    + carson333 on February 18th, 2012 at 6:42 pm said:

    will the ps vita be avalible in white and around when


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    + carson333 on February 18th, 2012 at 6:44 pm said:

    can i buy a ps vita 3g and not get a sim card but still have it work, so if i ever wanted to switch from that to 3g .


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    + carson333 on February 18th, 2012 at 6:44 pm said:

    when is little big planet comeing out


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    + EJStrat on February 18th, 2012 at 6:52 pm said:

    Can the psp games that are compatible with the Vita use the dual analog sticks? I’ve heard some will be able to use them, but I want to know for sure that I can use the dual analog sticks before I re-buy psp games. Is there a list somewhere, or are all compatible?

    Would really appreciate an answer on this when you get a chance, Sid.

    Loving my vita so far!


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    + Flamecasterxvi on February 18th, 2012 at 7:10 pm said:

    It may not be a biggie, but I think the game “Asphalt Injection” is by “Gameloft” , not Ubisoft. Awesome article btw :D


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    + Bjarno86 on February 19th, 2012 at 12:08 am said:

    For retail games, do patches install on the Vita game cards or do they take up space on the memory card?


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    + Bjarno86 on February 19th, 2012 at 12:11 am said:

    @EJStrat When you play a PSP game on the Vita you are able to re-map all the controls yourself. When in the game just hold down your finger on the touchscreen for a second and it will bring up a menu for doing it.


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    + Apollo_182 on February 19th, 2012 at 12:03 pm said:

    Ok, so this sounds a little stingy, but it makes sense. My wife and I are getting a Vita each. We have one PS3 at home. I have my PSN/SEN account, but she does not have an account. I would like to only have to buy one PSN/Vita game for both of us, but I would like to keep our trophies and saves separate. I have read that I can activate 2 Vitas with my PSN/SEN, but there is nothing showing whether trophies and saves will be effected by this. Does anyone know of any FAQ or Knowledge base that has this answer. Thanks!!


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    + yuban9 on February 19th, 2012 at 8:00 pm said:

    will the new vita games be avaliable for the psp or is the psp pretty much completely outdated?


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    + ARTUMAN on February 19th, 2012 at 8:06 pm said:

    can someone tell me how remote play works, like if i had 3g, could i remote play were ever i go or DO I have too be near my playstation 3 in order to remote play?


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    + yuban9 on February 19th, 2012 at 8:19 pm said:

    why is the vita so expensive …. i could buy a ps3 or an xbox for the same price and they do way more why is it that just because is has 3g that it is so much more expensive because in reality the peice that makes it pick up the 3g probably costs virtually nothing i wouldnt hesitate to buy it ….. if it was a little cheaper


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    + Shadow_Kamui on February 19th, 2012 at 10:57 pm said:

    I just what to say that will be nice if on friends appears on your friends status how long was the last time the sing in like appears on the ps3.

    the other thing is that you have to has open friends for you to appears online and if a friend is playing but didn’t open friends theirs no whey to know is he is online. Today a friend was chating with me but he appears offline on friends list.


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    + kyuuten-akuma on February 20th, 2012 at 2:24 pm said:

    i dont have a ps3. do i need to buy one to download games or can i do absolutely everything in that process through a vita and an internet connection?

    on a similar note will “media go” be a useable feature for the vita?


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    + General_Keenaye on February 20th, 2012 at 3:09 pm said:

    Dear Sony, Sid (if you are still checking on this blog), or the psn legionairre group,

    Is LittleBigPlanet for the PS Vita one of the 70 games currently in development, and when can we expect this title to arrive in stores and/or on the PlayStation Store?

    Is there a way to check how close we are to going over the 250 MB or 3 GB limit?

    Is their potential for an Unlimited data plan option on a monthly or annual basis?

    Are we provided with rough estimates of how much data is used for some of the PS Vita’s features, such as: Facebook, Skype, Twitter, PlayStation Store (including downloads from there), and online gaming (including ModNation Racers, WipEout 2048)?

    Will the PS Vita be able to play local multiplayer games against users who are playing the identical game on a different portable system, such as: PSP 1000, 2000, 3000, Go, as well as the Xperia Play, and other PlayStation Certified devices?

    Can you use the PS Vita as a controller for the PS3? This is not asking whether you can use a PS3 controller to control the PS Vita, this has already been confirmed as a no. Are there L2 and R2 shortcut keys for games that require those buttons on the PS3?


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    + General_Keenaye on February 20th, 2012 at 3:10 pm said:

    Continued…

    If they are games in the future that can be played on both the PS3 and the PS Vita (metaphorically, like a mini game that has trophies), and you earn the trophy on one console but not the other, will these trophies sync because the games and trophy info are identical, or do we have to earn the trophy twice, one for each system?

    Are there going to be other colors available for the PS Vita later in the year?

    Is Music Unlimited available for the PS Vita in the U.S.? When will this become available in Canada?

    Will PlayStation Plus users with a PS Vita also be able to sync trophy information and update save file data with an online cloud storage server? Can this be done automatically like the PS3 does, by itself at one specified time during the day?

    Will the PS3 and PS Vita avatars be the same, using the PSN account (sorry, SEN) information universally?

    Using “near”, can you ‘drop’ a virtual item at a GPS known location for others to ‘find’ and pick up? I would love this to be incorporated into the LittleBigPlanet Vita title! Can the item be picked up multiple times or just once? Are we given the option?


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    + General_Keenaye on February 20th, 2012 at 3:11 pm said:

    Continued…

    Does the PS Vita’s VGA camera take high quality videos? Is it possible to incorporate a YouTube uploader?

    Follow up questions: I would also like for you to elaborate on the extent of the following PS Vita software.
    - Skype
    - Remote Play
    - 3G network in Canada

    I’m hearing a lot of good remarks about the hardware and a lot of concerns (unfortunately) about the software. I will be getting the device regardless, but I’m willing to use the words “cautiously optimistic” on the full capabilities of this product.

    Please try to answer as many of these questions as possible. I’m very excited to get my hands on this amazing device. I am hopeful that it will give me everything that I want to get out of the device. Keep up the good work Sony!

    P.S.
    Long Live Play is a better slogan than Never Stop Playing. Thank you sincerely for your attention.

    - General_Keenaye


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    + Rotsujin on February 20th, 2012 at 4:31 pm said:

    If I have a US account will I be able to play imported games on game cards only?

    Will there ever be a way for me to download DLC for Japanese games or PSN only titles from overseas on my US account?


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    + skygunner27 on February 20th, 2012 at 5:00 pm said:

    Can some one please tell me when Ridge Racer for Vita launches here in the states?

    namcobandaigames.com, blog.us.Playstation.com, us.Playstation.com, Gamestop, Target & Bestbuy all have different release dates.

    I’ve noticed a LOT of questions are going unanswered here. So far I have a 3G PS Vita Reserved, and I have purchased Wipeout 2048, UMvC3, Official PS Media Stand Kit & Official PS Vita Carry Case. The reason I purchased a Vita is for Video playback and Ridge Racer. I’m really trying to make a solid purchase here! Can someone tell me what I need to know(Ridge Racer release date) so that I can move on and plan accordingly.

    Thanks….and please work on a Youtube app.


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    + Miedar9 on February 20th, 2012 at 8:12 pm said:

    I haven’t seen to many replies in awhile. However I’ll give this a shot. (I also apologize in advance if this question was already asked, but I just couldn’t read through ALL the post… I’m just not as dedicated as you guys and gals at Playstation). Anyways, with the PS Vita, does it charge strictly through a USB cable? If so, can it charge through my playstation even though my playstaion is off? (something that I find highly lacks with the PS3 controllers and wish greatly that they would charge).

    Can’t wait to get my Vita though :D


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    + zerokingx on February 20th, 2012 at 9:01 pm said:

    @245
    Ridge Racer is Feb 22


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