PlayStation Vita FAQ

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Which OS are you using for PS Vita?

We will use an OS specifically designed for PS Vita.

Why didn't you introduce stereoscopic 3D (without glasses) to PS Vita?

We studied the possibility of introducing a stereoscopic 3D feature to PS Vita, but decided not to proceed with this. After careful consideration we have decided to focus on the features and specifications announced to bring you the ultimate portable entertainment experience, with a revolutionary user interface.

What is Welcome Park?

Welcome Park is a tutorial application which lets you experience the basic operations and features of PS Vita.

What is near?

near is a core PS Vita feature composed of location based services that utilise PlayStation Network. Developed specifically for PS Vita, near will be pre-installed on the system to let you find out what other PS Vita users in the area are playing right now or what they were playing recently, as well as what titles are the most popular in the area. You can meet friends and new players virtually, regardless of what games they are playing, simply by sharing your game information across PlayStation Network.

near also enables location based gaming features such as Gifting, where you can access virtual game-related items that others are sharing through checking in at geographic locations that others have also visited. The virtual items can include content unlocked from games, such as character costumes, weapons and treasures.

Do I need a 3G network connection to enjoy near?

You can enjoy near using Wi-Fi, but to get the most out of near, a 3G connection is preferable. You will be able to obtain more information and encounter new players in real time by using a 3G connection.

What is LiveArea Screens?

Every game developed specifically for PS Vita will be provided with a space called LiveArea™ Screens, where you can share the fun and excitement with other players. You will have access to the latest game related information provided via PlayStation Network. Additionally, you'll be able to view an Activity log that is constantly updated with accomplishments from others playing the same game, which in turn can trigger active real-time chat among users.

What is Party?

Party is an innovative application which enables you to enjoy voice or text chat not only during online gaming, but also when you are playing different games offline or using different applications such as the Internet browser. Users who are chatting together can also seamlessly join an online game to play together, while a bookmarking feature enables you to easily reconnect with your favourite groups.

Will existing services like Remote Play, Skype, SenseMe, and Digital Comics content for PSP be available for PS Vita as well? And will YouTube, Flash content and PDF files be viewable on the system?

We are evaluating the opportunity to offer non-gaming applications and will announce details at a later time.

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