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Today in PS Vita News

A few nuggets for you Vita watchers.

First off, the manual for Sony’s new handheld is now online for your perusal.

Sony also finally (finally) came out to Wired with verification that each Vita will be linked to one PSN account.

“The PSN account is tied to the hardware and the memory card, not just the card, which means that if a second person is using your Vita, it’s not just a case of switching out memory cards, it’s clearing out all of your saved data on the Vita itself when you do the factory reset. In other words, PlayStation Vita is intended to be played by only one user,”

Sony continues to show the world that this whole “online” thing is sort of lost on them. Baffling, really.

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Bill Abner

Bill has been writing about games for the past 16 years for such outlets as Computer Games Magazine, GameSpy, The Escapist, GameShark, and Crispy Gamer. He will continue to do so until his wife tells him to get a real job.

5 thoughts to “Today in PS Vita News”

  1. I really don’t understand Sony. They must really want the PS Vita to fail horribly. I foresee another PSP Go style disaster in their future…

  2. There’s no doubt that the decision is bone-headed and backward and I am upset by it as much as the next person, but I doubt it will be as deadly to the Vita’s future as some predict.

    For one, quite a lot of devices are limited to a single profile. Most smartphones for one, as well as most tablets and e-readers. It’s not a perfect comparison, sure, but where one can easily imagine sharing an Xbox or PS3 between a family, Sony has a point in saying that the Vita, being a small handheld, is by nature a single-user machine.

    That in mind, the only purpose having multiple accounts would serve is the ability to “import” material from the Japanese/European PSN stores. That’s where the rub is, and a goodly amount of players interested in the PSP appreciate that ability. That certainly blows for those people, myself included.

    Then again, the Vita is STILL region-free. Players can still import physical copies and play them without incident. It’s certainly less convenient than buying them direct from the relevant regional store, and DLC acquisition will be difficult if not impossible, but the option isn’t gone. Compare this to the 3DS and Xbox 360, which are region-locked, and there’s really no competition.

    What is most upsetting about the decision is that the primary rationale behind this is NOT the benefit of the consumer, but as a measure to stall hackers from jailbreaking the Vita. Everything, from switching memory card formats to scrapping internal storage to limiting profiles, was designed to keep pirates out. It’s wrong-headed and won’t work, and that’s a damn shame.

  3. I bought the pspgo, and i thought it was a fine machine, but i completly understand why anyone with an original psp didnt want to upgrade. I was so excited for the vita and the pretty great price point for the device. When you combine the latest news about expensive memory sticks and 1 account for 1 Vita however, its really losing alot of appeal to me very quickly, especially since tablets are becoming better and better with portable gaming

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