The Only PS Vita FAQ You Will Ever Need

With the PS Vita officially launching in North America today, we’re sure you have plenty of questions. Have no fear, we are here to help you with any and every question you may have. Feel free to ask any questions that we may have missed along the road.

How much does the PS Vita cost?
-There are two models of the PS Vita. The WiFi version is priced at $249.99, while the 3G/WiFi is priced at $299.99.

What’s the difference between the two models?
-The Wifi version only transmits data through a WiFi connection, while the 3G model can transmit data through a cellular network and a Wifi connection as well.

Which model is best for me?
-That all depends on how you are going to use your Vita. Are you a gamer who is constantly checking the latest leaderboard standings while at the same time always on the go? If so, the 3G model may be the best choice for you. If you don’t mind not being connected to the PSN 100% of the time, then the WiFi model will probably suffice. I will also note that online multiplayer does not work using 3G data. You must be connected to a WiFi network in order to enjoy online play.

How much does a 3G plan cost for the Vita?
-There are currently two plans available, both are contract free. The cheapest of the two gives you 250MB for $14.99. The second plan gives you a whopping 3GB for $30.00. Both of these plans last 30 days which starts at the time and date of purchase.

Which 3G plan is right for me?
-This is a tough question to answer because quite frankly, everyone has different needs. What may be appropriate for me, might not me suitable for you. The plan I chose was the 250MB for $14.99. This gives me enough data to chat with my buddies, check leaderboards, browse the PSN Store, send tweets, and do some light internet surfing. If you heavily browse the internet, I suggest getting the 3GB plan.

How much do the games cost?
-Pricing for the games vary from title to title. Currently, the lowest priced game for the Vita is $7.99, while the highest priced game for the Vita is $49.99.

Is a memory card required to play?
-Unfortunately, you will need a PS Vita memory card to play most games. The PS Vita creates a save file for each game, which is stored on the memory card itself.

How much do memory cards cost?
-There are four different sized memory cards:
4GB -$19.99
8GB -$29.99
16GB -$59.99
32GB -$99.99

Which memory card should I get?
-Again, this all depends on what you are planning to do with your Vita. Personally, I know I will be downloading a lot of PSN titles, therefore, I went with a 32GB. However, if you plan on purchasing all of your Vita games in physical form, the 4GB memory card should be more than enough.

Can I record video with the Vita’s camera?
-Yes, the Vita is capable of shooting crappy videos with its crappy 1.3MP camera.

Can I buy digitally and physically?
-Yes, most Vita games will be available on physical media with the majority of those games also available for digital download….and discounted 🙂

What is NEAR?
-NEAR is a social networking app that allows you to find and meet other Vita users that are “near” you. By doing this, it allows you to network with other gamers in your area that you might not know. You can also send and receive in-game gifts through NEAR.

Do I need the 3G model to use NEAR?
-Absolutely not. NEAR works with both the 3G and WiFi models. However, using NEAR on a 3G enabled device will give you real time information about your surroundings.

What is Live Area?
-Before you load a game you are presented with a second screen. Think of this as a menu screen you would see on a DVD. From this screen you can either look at the games instruction manual, load the game or check for software updates.This is also the area where software developers can leave important information pertaining to upcoming events for that particular game.

Do Vita games come with instruction manuals?
-Yes, all PS Vita games come with instruction manuals, however, these are all stored on the PS Vita game card. I knew this would happen sooner or later, it sucks, but life must go on.

How is the battery life on the Vita?
-On a full charge you are looking at around 3-5 hours of gameplay, 5 hours of video playback and 9 hours of music playback. It takes roughly 2.5 hours to go from 0% – 100% battery recharge.

Can I use my Bluetooth headset with my Vita?
-Absolutely. This is one of the coolest features that I didn’t know about. Simply pair your headset with the Vita and you’re all set.

What audio and video formats does the Vita support?
-The Vita supports a wide variety 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.

Are PSP games backwards compatible?
-The actual UMD game is not compatible as the Vita does not have a UMD drive. However, there are a ton of PSP titles on the PSN that are Vita compatible, with more coming in the future.

Can I play PS1 or PS2 games on my Vita?
-As of right now, the PS Vita does not support PS1 or PS2 titles. Fortunately, Sony did mention that they are looking into it.

What Vita benefits do I get as a Playstation Plus subscriber?
-There are currently no specified details when and if Playstation Plus will come to the Vita.

How do I take in-game screenshots?
-By pressing the START and PS button at the same time.

Can I watch Netflix on my Vita?
-Yes, the Netflix Vita app was released today and is ready for download.

I can’t charge my Vita via USB, what gives?
-You actually can charge your Vita via USB. To do so, you must enable USB charging in the system settings.

Illmatic, why are you so awesome?
-It is what it is!

  • ARS

    my vita won’t charge through ps3 on a completely dead batter, what do I do?

  • Bluesword75

    why cant i streem netflix on my ps vita using 3g?

  • mojo27able

    how much time can uoy recored on cam with 1 GB

  • mojo27able

    typo… you not uoy 🙂