PlayStation Vita User’s Guide in English, Now Online

PlayStation Vita User’s Guide in English, Now Online

We’ve been keeping you informed with news about Sony’s new PlayStation Vita handheld console. It was released yesterday in Japan with thousands standing in line to get their hands on Sony’s latest. However those in the US, UK and the rest of Europe have a couple of months longer to wait but to keep you going in the meantime we have news that the PS Vita User’s Guide has now gone online, and yes it’s in English!

This is great news for many of you eagerly waiting for the PS Vita in your region as you’ll have a couple of months to get well acquainted with the set up, basic operations on the console and also features and apps such as Party, Friends, Photos, Videos, PS Store, Group Messaging, Browser, Remote Play and more. Alternatively you may have imported a PS Vita or have one shipping right now, in which case you won’t need to worry about deciphering instructions.

News of the online user’s guide going live came to us from Engadget, sourced from PlayStation and apart from how to use the PS Vita some of its limitations are also detailed. For instance there will only be standard definition for video downloads, although if you use the Content Manager to load it yourself you’ll get 720p. There’s also confirmation that you will not be able to use your console memory card on a friend’s system as it’s locked down to your own PSN account.

Over on PlayStation Lifestyle we’re informed that the online guide also details how two earn trophies for games on other Vita consoles, saving data, how to take screenshots and some battery estimates. When network features are not in use the PS Vita will give you around 3 to 5 hours of play, so those of you who enjoy multiplayer use may want to use a power source. You’ll get around 5 hours use for video playback and around 9 hours for listening to music. From zero percent battery charge it will take about 2 hours and 40 minutes to charge.

The PlayStation Vita will launch in the US and UK on February 22 although as we previously informed, some lucky punters are able to order a First Edition Bundle that will arrive a week early for $349, a $50 premium on the usual price. This will get you the 3G + WiFi PS Vita console, limited edition case, 4GB PS Vita Memory Card and also the ‘Little Deviants’ game.

You can check out the PS Vita online user’s guide at the previous PlayStation link and by the time your PS Vita arrives you’ll be able to get straight on to the serious business of gaming. Let us know your thoughts on the PS Vita online guide. Are there any aspects that disappoint, or have pleasantly surprised you? Send us your comments on this.

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