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21 things you never knew about PS Vita

Now that we've had plenty of time to rub our greasy fingers over Sony's PS Vita, we've decided to reveal the little tricks and features that you won't know about until it's in your hands. A press release rewording this ain't, this is a quick-fire, behind-the-scenes look at the little nuances that makes the Vita tick.

Check it...

1. Pressing the Start and PS buttons simultaneously takes a screenshot.

2. You can change the way the menus look and check the applications that are open by double-tapping the PS button.

3. You can make sounds with your mouth or from elsewhere via the built-in mic and Vita will turn it into a rudimentary music track. Fame and fortune not guaranteed.

4. The charger lead fits into Vita either way but only charges when the PlayStation logo (see below) is facing you. We have no idea why either.

5. You can charge Vita via USB from your PC/Mac, but it will take longer than charging from a mains supply.

6. In the Trophies section you can check both the virtual trinkets acquired on the Vita and the ones you've bagged on PS3. Perfect for the OCD Trophy hunter in us.

7. Swipe the corner of apps to close them. Move your finger slowly and the physics of the paper-esque background will bend and fold accordingly.

8. There's a bubble in the top right-hand corner of the screen that opens up your notifications and tells you things like what the last Trophy you unlocked was.

9. There are 1,638 X, triangle, square and circle icons on the rear trackpad. Cundy counted every single one.

10. When you unlock a Trophy it makes the same satisfying 'ting' sound as PS3.

11. Hold your finger on the screen for a couple of seconds and Vita allows you to move icons to different places. Just like the iPhone/iPad then. You can add ten separate sections that can accommodate up to ten icons each.

12. You can’t navigate the home menu with the analogue sticks or D-pad – everything is done via the touch-screen.

13. The app bubbles in the menu wobble when you switch back to them.

14. Vita's power save settings (read: idle time until Vita slips into standby) are defaulted to one minute. You can select three or five minute sleep times if you like.

15. The battery icon has an animated electrical current as it charges. See...

16. There are 23 default colours that you can use as individual backgrounds for your menus. You can also select pictures that you’ve taken on Vita as your backdrop too.

17. The game slot is covered by a tiny flap of plastic, which a) keeps the dust away and b) will frustrate folk without fingernails who are hoping to swap game cartridges quickly.

18. Game manuals are installed on the cartridge, which you can click on right after selecting the title of your choice.

19. The start screen has to be 'peeled away' before the other menus are revealed.

20. The bespoke game screen - unique to each title - also contains links to the official website of the game and, in some cases, a direct link to the PlayStation Store so you can purchase DLC.

21. The screen is actually larger than your average Ryvita...

If you're after more PS Vita info, check out our PlayStation Vita launch coverage blowout from the handheld's Japanese release.

29 comments

  • RedWizard - September 11, 2013 12:06 a.m.

    Correction on #12: The D-Pad can be used to navigate if you enable it (Settings --> System --> Control with Buttons on PS Vita System).
  • Cruddi - January 13, 2012 1:23 p.m.

    @Mcan50 Lol i've been their with my wife, now she enjoys the smell of the fresh pressed plastic and disk too :D
  • jmcgrotty - January 13, 2012 12:44 a.m.

    I'm confused. I was sure that this whole pathetic project was cancelled due to lack of interest by absolutely anyone...
  • RandyChimp - January 15, 2012 6:35 p.m.

    Trolololol lololol lololol lololol lololoooool
  • OhUltra - January 12, 2012 6:24 p.m.

    Fine read, but why would you use "bespoke" then say, "unique to each title," when that's what you used it to mean in the first place? Also, are people using bespoke to mean unique in general now? Admittedly the only reason I even know the word is because of Brontide.
  • FAT47ITY - January 11, 2012 5:58 p.m.

    so it's basically an iPhone with thumbsticks
  • Rand401 - January 11, 2012 5:41 a.m.

    That is pretty cool. I still can't wait to get one.
  • AlphaDogZero - January 11, 2012 12:44 a.m.

    Very informative -- thanks lads
  • ItBurnsWhenIWii - January 10, 2012 11:08 p.m.

    I already knew all of these things. I demand a prize!
  • JDonahue79 - January 10, 2012 3:24 p.m.

    What I do not want to know is whether or not this thing is reliable, and wether or not this thin gets the YLOD.
  • onetimebuster - January 10, 2012 1:05 p.m.

    Normally when someone says things you didn't know about something i would know everything but this time i had no idea about any of it.
  • Y2Ken - January 10, 2012 12:20 p.m.

    Nice list Nath. Still do really want a Vita, just hoping that if I do get one it will be well supported for several years by third parties as well as Sony themselves. Difficult to say for certain, hopefully it will pick up as the 3DS is finally starting to.
  • BaraChat - January 10, 2012 11:46 a.m.

    You'll have to excuse me if I sound ignorant, but do your PSV Trophies add up to those you already have on the PS3 or will they be "separated" in some way?
  • PrancingCera - January 10, 2012 6:22 p.m.

    The totals add together, but for some reason you can't see the Vita trophies that you have earned on your PS3.
  • garnsr - January 10, 2012 11:45 a.m.

    I'm not sure I'd ever heard anyone use the word "bespoke" before the last few weeks, but now I believe Nathan has used it twice in articles. Wacky Brits.
  • ObliqueZombie - January 10, 2012 11:33 a.m.

    Wow, this isn't half-bad. I like the "peel-away" effect they have the apps and menus, and it's good to hear the game manuals are AT LEAST in the system, though I still relish the smells of a new game. Dear Lord, I sound like a weirdo there. Alas, I will not be getting this, probably ever... for if I get a portable gaming device, I'll have no excuse to read novels. I could always leave it in the dorm/at home, but what's the fun in that?
  • Mcan50 - January 10, 2012 12:46 p.m.

    " I still relish the smells of a new game. Dear Lord, I sound like a weirdo there." You should have seen the look on my wife's face the first time that she saw me open a new game and take a giant, satisfying whiff of the inside of the case. Then I proceeded to tell her that it's the best part of getting a new game. Needless to say, she was less than impressed, and probably none too happy that this grown man standing in her kitchen smelling the inside of a video game case was her husband.
  • Thequestion 121 - January 10, 2012 11:12 a.m.

    That's a great list
  • Estevan327 - January 10, 2012 10:35 a.m.

    Thanks for thia list. Still don't know if I'm gonna get one when it comes out.

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