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Just Got My PSVita
TufNuT
I like eel pie
Brisbane, Queensland
3785 posts
Hi Guys,

Just got my PS Vita,

first thing i have to do is update the software to allow my to link it to my PSN account.

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size is good, screen looks awesome. havent had a chance to play anything yet, i need a memory card so i am hoping i can go to EB at lunch time to pick one up..
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Khel
Melbourne, Victoria
18263 posts
havent had a chance to play anything yet


Is there anything on it actually worth playing?

Edit: I don't mean that in a d***ish way (ok, well, maybe a little bit d***ish), I mean I love a new gadget as much as the next geek, I'm just genuinely wondering whether theres anything even on it worth playing. Cos the only thing that grabbed my interest was the uncharted game, but after reading some reviews it sounds like its not as good as the Uncharted games on PS3 so I may as well just go play those again if I want an Uncharted fix.
10:20am 21/02/12 Permalink
TufNuT
I like eel pie
Brisbane, Queensland
3786 posts
yeah i don't have a PSP so this is great. mostly looking forward to playing Uncharted and wipe out.. also kinda hard to play PS3 on the train..
10:31am 21/02/12 Permalink
Twisted
Brisbane, Queensland
11598 posts

Is it just me or does that cable block the keyboard?
10:39am 21/02/12 Permalink
Outlaw
Gold Coast, Queensland
1525 posts
How much porn will it hold?
10:42am 21/02/12 Permalink
Scooter
Brisbane, Queensland
5531 posts
The Keyboard that the PSVita is sitting on top of Twisted?
Yeah, I imagine resting something on top of a keyboard would indeed block it.
10:45am 21/02/12 Permalink
TufNuT
I like eel pie
Brisbane, Queensland
3787 posts
haha yeah its sitting on top of my transformer keyboard..
10:57am 21/02/12 Permalink
Eorl
Brisbane, Queensland
5399 posts
haha yeah its sitting on top of my transformer keyboard..

Prime? If so, jelly. Anyways, I've already been burnt by buying the 3DS on launch, not going to fall for it again with another handheld. Unless there are some games that are omg awesome, then I don't really see the point. I can play everything I have on my PS3 already, and I actually just bought Dark Souls so I'll be busy for awhile. Also they are pretty much in direct competition with smartphones, and they've got some pretty fun games to waste time on.

So really, is it worth getting over a smartphone that does the same, but also acts as a phone and has a larger library of games?
11:25am 21/02/12 Permalink
Pinky
Melbourne, Victoria
12672 posts
also kinda hard to play PS3 on the train..

Please try and then post pics.

Would be really cool for the train. If I caught the train every day I would probably consider something like this - but as Eorl said I would check games first.
11:27am 21/02/12 Permalink
m3nt4l
Brisbane, Queensland
2485 posts
Final Fantasy. Full Stop.
11:29am 21/02/12 Permalink
TufNuT
I like eel pie
Brisbane, Queensland
3788 posts
Eorl, no i dont have a Prime, its the TF101.. just getting sick of everytime i want to get a game through Android market i get "does not support your device"
11:45am 21/02/12 Permalink
Eorl
Brisbane, Queensland
5401 posts
Eorl, no i dont have a Prime, its the TF101.. just getting sick of everytime i want to get a game through Android market i get "does not support your device"

Really? That's weird. Pretty sure most apps on the market support the TF101. Unless they've upgraded to the prime and haven't allowed for earlier releases.
11:50am 21/02/12 Permalink
TufNuT
I like eel pie
Brisbane, Queensland
3789 posts
now i wonder if EB will sell me a memory card and a game a day early!?
12:26pm 21/02/12 Permalink
Eorl
Brisbane, Queensland
5405 posts
Actually I just remembered, I walked past the D*** Smith near work yesterday and they had a stack of PSVita's, so if anyone is eager, they most certainly have enough.
12:28pm 21/02/12 Permalink
ravn0s
Brisbane, Queensland
14547 posts
Final Fantasy. Full Stop.


cant wait for FF10 HD
12:35pm 21/02/12 Permalink
DM
Gold Coast, Queensland
4226 posts
I would buy one if they let me transfer my PSP library over to the memory card or something. As if a f*** you to everyone they even released a system/program that does exactly this but its only for the japanese. I really hate sony and their BS sometimes. So f*** the vita, I aint collecting another library of games because they refuse to release some program outside japan.
01:10pm 21/02/12 Permalink
Twisted
Brisbane, Queensland
11599 posts

haha yeah its sitting on top of my transformer keyboard..
LOL right. I thought it had a slide out keyboard or something. Never heard of the device before :)
02:17pm 21/02/12 Permalink
TufNuT
I like eel pie
Brisbane, Queensland
3790 posts
so i just went to EB and BigW at chermside, none of them are willing to sell anything before Thursday... no memory cards.. nothing.
02:17pm 21/02/12 Permalink
eski
Perth, Western Australia
694 posts
I would buy one if they let me transfer my PSP library over to the memory card or something. As if a f*** you to everyone they even released a system/program that does exactly this but its only for the japanese. I really hate sony and their BS sometimes. So f*** the vita, I aint collecting another library of games because they refuse to release some program outside japan.



Does that include titles that were purchased through PSN?

I wouldnt worry about not getting the UMD Passport program, it was something like $10 per game transfer.
02:34pm 21/02/12 Permalink
Eorl
Brisbane, Queensland
5409 posts
so i just went to EB and BigW at chermside, none of them are willing to sell anything before Thursday... no memory cards.. nothing.

Ring up D*** Smith and ask them.
03:21pm 21/02/12 Permalink
Midda
Brisbane, Queensland
7675 posts
I should have mine in a week or so. Ordered from Amazon, it should be shipping tomorrow or the next day.

TufNut, I haven't been able to find any info on the prices for games on the PSN Store. Could you give a quick rundown on how much they're charging for the download versions of some of the launch titles?

Eorl, no i dont have a Prime, its the TF101.. just getting sick of everytime i want to get a game through Android market i get "does not support your device"

I don't think I've ever come across that with my Transformer.
04:00pm 21/02/12 Permalink
TufNuT
I like eel pie
Brisbane, Queensland
3791 posts
TufNut, I haven't been able to find any info on the prices for games on the PSN Store. Could you give a quick rundown on how much they're charging for the download versions of some of the launch titles?


i cant get on the store as it currently says "this service is not available in your country/region"

i think after what happened in Canada, they have decided to really lock it down.
so painful, i have the vita but cant do anything with it except brows the web. lol

I don't think I've ever come across that with my Transformer


just off the top of my head.. try downloading need for speed.

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04:15pm 21/02/12 Permalink
hardware
Brisbane, Queensland
10066 posts
lol, this is going to be as successful as the psp, ie not.
04:22pm 21/02/12 Permalink
Outlaw
Gold Coast, Queensland
1531 posts
07:34pm 21/02/12 Permalink
Linker
Brisbane, Queensland
1571 posts
How much are these things here? Also, I think with the PSP isn't there remote play, so you can stream your PS3 games across the net to it? I assume the same can be done on the Vita's 3G right, so you can play your ps3 games on it, in a way??
07:39pm 21/02/12 Permalink
DM
Gold Coast, Queensland
4237 posts
Don't think there is a remote play feature no. I could be wrong.
07:47pm 21/02/12 Permalink
Vorador
Japan
1537 posts
Don't think there is a remote play feature no. I could be wrong.


Remote play exists over here, unsure if they would have changed it for western release but highly doubt it since I believe the core platform is 100% identical

(which is why I'm also not so sure about your previous PSP to Vita complaint, but given that the linked account here is to a Japan PSN account I've got no way to confirm)
07:50pm 21/02/12 Permalink
DM
Gold Coast, Queensland
4238 posts
Here. While the japanese get the feature to transfer games was launched last year in japan, the NA release won't be getting it and thus we won't either. Also the aussie PSN store is stupidly restrictive with what games make it up for sale. Legend of Mana isn't on our store despite it being up for sale in the US for example.

There are 3 games I would consider "must haves" before i'd consider buying a vita and since they will never come to the aussie PSN store, I'll keep my $400+ thanks.
08:01pm 21/02/12 Permalink
Eorl
Brisbane, Queensland
5414 posts
Yeah, that's why I'd import a japanese PSVita if I was to get one. It runs in native english, and you can access everything. Though I expect custom firmware to appear soon anyway.

Also Linker, JB HiFi have them for $348 with a starter kit.
08:12pm 21/02/12 Permalink
Vorador
Japan
1538 posts
the NA release won't be getting it and thus we won't either.



Wow. That is incredibly lame of them.
08:17pm 21/02/12 Permalink
DM
Gold Coast, Queensland
4239 posts
Aw man I went searching for some games coming out. DJ Max Technika vita and Dragon's Crown are coming. Dragon's Crown being a new game by the people who did Odin's Sphere. Why did I look for games? Now my interest has risen.
08:22pm 21/02/12 Permalink
Khel
Melbourne, Victoria
18274 posts
The gadget loving part of me wants one just cos its new and gadgety, but I honestly don't know what I'd do with it if I got one. My 3DS barely gets used as it is, I think the last thing I honestly need is another portable gaming device :(
09:07pm 21/02/12 Permalink
DK
Brisbane, Queensland
603 posts
was sooo tempted to get one when I was in japan. Probing would of got one if I new you could only do the transfer thing with the japanese model.

If this has a good homebrew scene i'll prob grab one. Modding the psp was a lot of fun back in the day.

Also I don't get why people b**** about the price of these. An ipod touch 32gb is about the same price. An iphone is over double the price.
09:34pm 21/02/12 Permalink
Eorl
Brisbane, Queensland
5416 posts
It's the same price as the 3DS on it's launch. So no real b****ing to be had.
09:36pm 21/02/12 Permalink
skythra
Brisbane, Queensland
5218 posts
Isn't there a thread already about this;

http://www.ausgamers.com/forums/general/thread.php/3158607
12:20am 22/02/12 Permalink
Lithium
Rockhampton, Queensland
223 posts
U serial? there is a market for these things nowadays? Aren't smart phones the go now? I struggle deciding what to play on my samsng galaxy s2 when im on the move and waiting for something. Eff hauling that big ass thing everywhere with you.
04:46am 22/02/12 Permalink
darkjedi
Hobart, Tasmania
3352 posts
We've had one at work for a couple of weeks now. Thought the hardware was incredibly sexy, but the lack of software & the fact that you need a memory card/game card to do anything with it kind of sucks. Lack of software/appealing launch titles don't inspire me to want one, nor does the dropping of the UMD transfer program outside of Japan.
08:41am 22/02/12 Permalink
Midda
Brisbane, Queensland
7676 posts
U serial? there is a market for these things nowadays? Aren't smart phones the go now? I struggle deciding what to play on my samsng galaxy s2 when im on the move and waiting for something. Eff hauling that big ass thing everywhere with you.

Mobile phone games don't even begin to compare to those of dedicated games consoles.
02:26pm 22/02/12 Permalink
Eorl
Brisbane, Queensland
5432 posts
Mobile phone games don't even begin to compare to those of dedicated games consoles.

Yet that is still the competition. A smartphone still has handheld games, and Sony/Nintendo need to justify why you should get a handheld over using your smartphone for gaming.
02:29pm 22/02/12 Permalink
TufNuT
I like eel pie
Brisbane, Queensland
3793 posts
PSN store on the Vita just opened up. uncharted is $62.95
03:31pm 22/02/12 Permalink
Midda
Brisbane, Queensland
7678 posts
PSN store on the Vita just opened up. uncharted is $62.95

Ugh, lame. Looks like I'll be importing the majority of my games then. That's a disappointment. How much is Rayman Origins?

Yet that is still the competition. A smartphone still has handheld games, and Sony/Nintendo need to justify why you should get a handheld over using your smartphone for gaming.

They have buttons.

I get what you're saying, but they're not the same market. There's only so long parents can keep their kids quiet by having them sit there slicing fruit.
04:21pm 22/02/12 Permalink
thermite
Brisbane, Queensland
9022 posts
I don't see them being able to keep handheld dedicated-game devices and handheld absolutely-everything-else-including-games devices separate for much longer
04:24pm 22/02/12 Permalink
TufNuT
I like eel pie
Brisbane, Queensland
3794 posts
How much is Rayman Origins?

$47.95
04:50pm 22/02/12 Permalink
Eorl
Brisbane, Queensland
5437 posts
They have buttons.

I get what you're saying, but they're not the same market. There's only so long parents can keep their kids quiet by having them sit there slicing fruit.

Have you seen some of the games that are on the iOS or Android market though? Emulation is becoming pretty normal now, and with these phones holding 1.2 GHz dual core CPU's, it won't be long before they are really beefy.

Yes there will always be a market for handheld devices, because most of the time they operate at a higher standard, see the Vita being nearly as powerful as the PS3, but I'm talking game wise, which is where Sony really need to focus.
05:04pm 22/02/12 Permalink
Midda
Brisbane, Queensland
7679 posts
Yeah, I've bought s***loads of games for my Galaxy S II and Asus Transformer. Some of them are fantastic and perfectly suited to the device (Anomaly is a great example), but games like Shadowgun (basically a Gears of War clone) is just never going to play as well on a touch-screen. Emulators too, while they run really well, the on-screen buttons make most games a chore. There's no way you'd be able to play the new Resident Evil on 3DS (which is fantastic) on a mobile phone, at least not as they commonly exist today.

While the markets are certainly converging to a point, I just don't see mobile phones without any sort of gaming controls replacing proper handheld consoles for a while yet. The Xperia Play could very well be a glimpse of what to expect, but I doubt many people are going to sacrifice their sexy 7mm thick phone for a 1cm+ device with a gamepad. If "gaming phones" can't get a decent foothold, there is still a huge market for dedicated consoles.

In fact, the 3DS just became the fastest selling console in Japan's history (narrowly beating out the GBA) in terms of units sold in one year, and it doesn't even have a Pokemon game yet. The same goes for Australia.
09:26pm 22/02/12 Permalink
TufNuT
I like eel pie
Brisbane, Queensland
3798 posts
. Emulators too, while they run really well, the on-screen buttons make most games a chore. There's no way you'd be able to play the new Resident Evil on 3DS (which is fantastic) on a mobile phone, at least not as they commonly exist today.


absolutely true. i did root my transformer and got my PS3 controller working on it but its just not practical with out desk.. i can tell you it almost impossible to see anything on the screen of the SII in full sunlight (well that's been my exp.) where as the PSvita has an awesome screen, so do most dedicated consoles i would imagine.
12:08am 23/02/12 Permalink
Waystedyou
6 posts
On a ps3trophy forum i visit, alot of people are getting them jsut because it has trophy support for the vita games aswell to boost their trophy levels i mean seriously... is it really worth it to do that lol.
02:17am 23/02/12 Permalink
DM
Gold Coast, Queensland
4247 posts
Question about the vita. I know it's locked to 1 PSN account but is that account's region automatically dictated by the place you buy it? Or does logging into to an account for the 1st time do that? meaning if I buy an aussie vita can I log into my US account and then have it locked there?
03:56pm 23/02/12 Permalink
eski
Perth, Western Australia
704 posts
If its anything like the PSP it wont get locked at all, you can just erase your account details and enter another one to start using it.

I have a PSP and can login to it with both US and AU PSN accounts, but it's really annoying switching between them.
04:00pm 23/02/12 Permalink
DM
Gold Coast, Queensland
4251 posts
You can log into the US psn store for sure with an aussie vita. You will just need to fund your purchases via a US psn card bought online.
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Ava Pug
Melbourne, Victoria
1 posts
Does the PSN store have the same amount of games at a retail store?
03:33pm 24/02/12 Permalink
eski
Perth, Western Australia
715 posts
Right now it's got far more games than any retail store I've been to. I think they have the entire Vita retail catalogue available for download.
03:49pm 24/02/12 Permalink
DM
Gold Coast, Queensland
4254 posts
There are also a couple of games that you can only buy on the PSN store, and have high ratings on them too.
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Raven
Melbourne, Victoria
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It's the same price as the 3DS on it's launch. So no real b****ing to be had.

With a release line-up about as strong. I've had a look over the games available now/at launch, and I can't see why you'd want to buy a PSV. In the case of the 3DS I only got it on launch because I knew Zelda was coming, but the release line-up alone would have made me give it a miss had it not been for Zelda and Mario Kart being due.
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Eorl
Brisbane, Queensland
5679 posts
I'm waiting for Monster Hunter like I think everyone else is.
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Khel
Melbourne, Victoria
18374 posts
I ended up buying one, cos I'm weak, and my desire for a new gadget over-rode my common sense. Its actually quite impressive though, better than I thought it would be tbh, and Uncharted is lots of fun
10:45am 05/03/12 Permalink
DM
Gold Coast, Queensland
4281 posts
I thought the touchpad was only the little ovals on the back. Nope. They are the only parts that aren't the touchpad. Heh.
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Khel
Melbourne, Victoria
18378 posts
Yeah, I'm suprised how accurate the back touchpad thing is too. I thought it'd just be some really basic sensor that registered when you tapped it and that was about it, but its a full blown touchpad.
02:40pm 05/03/12 Permalink
tashap007
Mackay, Queensland
7 posts
Wow has them at a mad price atm. I just not sure about the Sony I have PC and 360 and my kids have the 3ds.
05:23pm 17/03/12 Permalink
DK
Brisbane, Queensland
625 posts
Wow has them at a mad price atm. I just not sure about the Sony I have PC and 360 and my kids have the 3ds.


ah how much?
05:58pm 17/03/12 Permalink
tashap007
Mackay, Queensland
26 posts
I had go of one today at EB, I like the size of the screen and it feels ok. Only played 2 games, but I bit worried about the to thumb sticks getting damaged in a bag though. I guess a case would protect it.
06:29pm 18/03/12 Permalink
Midda
Brisbane, Queensland
7704 posts
Well, I recently finished Uncharted, and I've just about finished Rayman Origins. What other games would people recommend? I've been eyeing off Escape Plan, is it any good?
06:47pm 18/03/12 Permalink
Timmeh
Brisbane, Queensland
2033 posts
i was going to get one today.
Saw the games they hadm held one and played a bit of fifa at JBhifi.
I went over to WOW at oxley and saw the 3ds's for $200.
got mario kart 7 and zelda ot maad
08:40pm 18/03/12 Permalink
Khel
Melbourne, Victoria
18487 posts
Escape plan is pretty fun, I get the impression though that its not very long. I haven't finished it yet, but it feels like I've already made a fair bit of progress into the game and I haven't been playing it long. I think a lot of the long-term lastability hinges on you wanting to reply the levels and get better scores or better times, but that sort of thing doesn't really appeal to me.

Lumines is a fun puzzle game, but I guess if you've owned an iteration of Lumines before in the past there might not be anything new. I never have had a lumines game before, so its new to me.
08:46pm 18/03/12 Permalink
Midda
Brisbane, Queensland
7705 posts
Yeah, I hadn't played Lumines before, but I enjoyed the demo and was thinking of getting it. $52.95 seems a bit rich for a puzzle game though.
03:21pm 19/03/12 Permalink
DM
Gold Coast, Queensland
4371 posts
I signed up to the US store and all their games are like $36. So when I want to buy something I just buy a US card code and away I go. Lumines is a game I never played and hated the demo because the song was s*** but after buying it stupidly you may think, i've grown to really enjoy it.
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TufNuT
I like eel pie
Brisbane, Queensland
3818 posts
F1 is pretty fun.. also well worth getting.
03:53pm 19/03/12 Permalink
Midda
Brisbane, Queensland
7706 posts
I signed up to the US store and all their games are like $36. So when I want to buy something I just buy a US card code and away I go. Lumines is a game I never played and hated the demo because the song was s*** but after buying it stupidly you may think, i've grown to really enjoy it.

Yeah, but I already have an identity with my Australian PSN account. I already have games I've bought on there and my mates on my friends list. Swapping accounts on the PS Vita is a huge pain in the arse, especially when I can just import physical copies of games for about the same price as the US PSN store.
04:55pm 19/03/12 Permalink
samuelk
23 posts
I would buy one if they let me transfer my PSP library over to the memory card or something. As if a f*** you to everyone they even released a system/program that does exactly this but its only for the japanese. I really hate sony and their BS sometimes. So f*** the vita, I aint collecting another library of games because they refuse to release some program outside japan.



Im going to take a stab in the dark and assume that in japan the handheld market, especially the hype surround the PS Vita, would mean that the japanese sales of the PS Vita would economically allow for that kind of software to be realeased there (transfering of games) because the revenue of the handheld plus its new games would be enough to make a decent profit. In Aus and US etc. I think the handheld market is much smaller in comparison and thus just getting the PS Vita to sell and then getting people to buy games is a whole extra wall for Sony in terms of making a good profit.

Hence why they arent allowing people to transfer PSP libraries... it all comes down to $$$ i guess.
11:27pm 27/03/12 Permalink
Outlaw
Gold Coast, Queensland
1806 posts
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