PS Vita: A hand holding guide to your new handheld

Its been just over a week since the widely successful launch of Sony’s new handheld Playstation Vita. We’ve been spending hours on our new shiny piece of tech and in the process have collated a load of tips, tricks and how-to’s. Were here to do all the boring research so you can spend more time enjoying the best mobile gaming experience money can buy.


1. Customisation is king.

If you want to personalise your PS Vita you can. Much like an iPad or iPhone  you can press and hold any of the app icons and move them around. You can’t make group folders, but you can move all similar apps to the same screen and keep your new PS Vita nice and tidy.  You can even change the background colour or image by tapping the theme icon in the bottom right of each frame. Get creative and design your own background images (which you can transfer to your PS Vita via PS3)

2. Let there be light.

Unlike the PS3, the PS Vita has been designed form the ground-up to multi-task – so if you want to change the brightness on the stunning OLED screen mid-game you can. Press and hold the PS button and a quick-access menu will appear which enables you to adjust the brightness and even set up a custom soundtrack – so you can listen to the delights of the Prodigy whilst thundering around New York on Wipeout 2048.

3. Peace of mind.

Like any device there’s always a chance than you might drop it or worse break it. Now we can’t prevent that, but we help you save your precious save data. Connect you PS Vita to your PS3 via the USB cable provided, open up the content managed on the you PS Vita and select the the Back Up option to back up all your PS Vita’s game data and gain a little extra peace of mind.

4. Say cheese!

One of the coolest features we’ve stumbled upon with the PS Vita is the ability to take some screenshots of your in-game achievements. All you have to do is press the Start and PS button at the same time and if you done it right you’ll see the screen flash white and will hear the snap from the camera.

5. PSP games with 2012 lick of paint.

As you may well know the PS Vita is backwards compatible with over 250 PSP games. But did you know you can make them look better? Well if you load up a PSP game you can press and hold the touchscreen it will bring up a sub menu which allows you to enable “bilinear filtering” and “color space” which will give your classic games a new lick of paint and smooth out some of those 2005 jaggies. Experiment with your PSP games to find your favorite combination.

6. The Panel of your dreams.

Not only can you customise your background, but you can add a custom panels to add a little bit of flair to your PS Vita. To change your PSN panel, navigate to Settings, PSN, Account Information, and Panel to choose from a wide assortment of artwork from first and third-party games.

7. Remote Play goodness. 

One of the most exciting features on PS Vita is Remote Play. With this new feature you can log into to your PS3 remotely to access a video, start a Playstation store download and even play games. Remote Play is still in its infancy and further down the line you’ll be able to play full PS3 games via your PS Vita. While that’s not here just yet, the PS Vita is compatible with any PSone games you may have on your hard drive, along with a handful of classic PSN games such as PixelJunk Monsters, PixelJunk Eden, and Peggle.

8. Bluetooth is the business.

The PS Vita supports high-quality stereo Bluetooth audio output – so if want to chat to friends or give a bit of trash talk you can. In the Settings menu, touch Network and Bluetooth Settings and you’ll be able to pair your headphones to your new PS Vita.

9. Let there be silence.

Some people like soft jazz, others prefer silence. If you want to turn off PS Vita’s toe-tappin’ menu music, you’ll find the option in Settings > Sound & Display > System Music. While you’re there, you’ll notice an AVLS option. This limits the maximum volume when using headphones — perfect if you share your PS Vita with a little one.