PS Vita: Know the Basic Details of the PlayStation Vita
Well as you know today is the launch of the long awaited PS Vita, so we thought it might be a good idea to collect together all the questions that we get asked and answer them all together. In this first part we will cover all about the PS Vita, it’s connectivity, and taking screenshots on the device.
About the PlayStation Vita
The PlayStation Vita is the new portable gaming device from Sony. It features two analog sticks, a widescreen, a front touch screen, a rear touch pad, cameras and sensors, all combined for a unique gaming experience.
Vita is the Latin word for life. According to Sony Worldwide Studios President, Shuhei Yoshida, the name was chosen because the company intends for the Vita to become a regular part of its user’s life. Before E3 2011, Vita was also known as NGP, which means “Next Generation Portable.”
There are two types of PlayStation Vita. The Wi-Fi only model is priced at ¥24,980, $249 and €249. The 3G model is, of course, more expensive at ¥29,980, $299 and €299. The Wi-Fi only model in the UK is priced at £229.99 while the UK 3G is at £279.99. In Australia, the retail price for a Wi-Fi only model is$308 and the retail price for a 3G model is $408.
Systems Details and Screenshots
I – 3G Connectivity
If you go for a 3G PlayStation Vita then you can connect to the web from any place so that you don’t have to look for a hotspot. In the US, AT & T is the exclusive 3G provider for the Vita. The company offers two types of monthly plans. There is no contract to be signed. $14.99 a month gets you 250 MB worth of data while $25 a month gets you 2GB. Both plans provide users access to AT& T Wi-Fi hotspots for free.
In Europe and Australasia, specifically in Germany, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Spain, The Netherlands, UK, Australia and New Zealand, Vodafone will be providing 3G connectivity for the Vita. In France, there is also a Vodafone Partner, SFR. Meanwhile, Globe Telecom will be the Vita’s 3G provider in the Philippines. In some countries, the PS Vita models will come with a Vodafone SIM card. This way, users can take advantages of social gaming from anywhere. Customers who use Vodafone to connect will be given a PSN voucher to download the video game WipEout 2048 via the PlayStation Store.
II –Multiple PSN Accounts
Players will be given the option to use multiple accounts. Each account, however, has to have its unique memory card to which it will be bonded. A factory reset will be needed to switch the cards on the same Vita.
III – Playing PSP Games
You won’t be able to play your UMDs on the Vita. However, you may make use of the UMD Passport program that will allow you to buy digital versions of the game at discounted prices if you already own the PSP game. This program, however, is only available in Japan. Digital PSP games, on the other hand, may be played on the Vita.
IV – Screenshots
Press the PlayStation and the Start buttons together. When you do, the Vita screen grabs and saves the shot to the vita’s photo gallery. It is as simple as that.
The second part of our total PS Vita guide will arrive tomorrow. Make sure come back to check it out!