PlayStation Vita Features Explained


It goes without saying that the PS Vita is jam packed with features to not just enhance our gaming but also build on social networks in conjunction with gaming. The above video displays some of the many features that the PS vita will be boasting at launch.

First up we see one of the most popular features (and on of my personal favorite) which is cloud game saves that work between the PS3 and the PS Vita. Ruin is one of the first games to be shown to use this new system. You can start a game on the PS3, save, upload to the cloud and continue the same game on your Vita.

The next feature that is shown is Near. Near is a social aspect to the Vita that allows you to communicate in different ways. In the video you see a guy walking through a park, he messages a friend and tells him to check the park out. When his friend arrives at the park, he finds a gift that was left behind by the guy who sent the message. The gift was a Little Big Planet limited edition sticker.

You then see a lady who is searching for new friends. The PS Vita can search for nearby Vita’s and allow you to communicate with them and add them to your friends list.

The next feature that is shown is an oldie but goldie, party chat. You can invite several friends into one voice chat/video chat room even while they are playing a game.

The video ends with showing off some of the basic features of the Vita such as the touch screen, back touch pad and motion controls. A very impressive machine indeed.


Written by: Eddie - Contributing Editor


  1. #1 by Pedro on July 8th, 2011 [ 39949 Points ]

    I honestly don’t care about any of the social interaction features, personally, it’s not what I’m looking for in a game or consoles. It’s great they have, I bet there are thousands of people who will be dragged into it, but it’s just not my thing.

    I’m excited about the Vita, but right now, I’m worried on how it will feel in my hands, the way they hold it seem a bit uncomfortable…

  2. #2 by Dean147 on July 8th, 2011 [ 359 Points ]

    I think some of the social features look cool, I think having my PSN friends on a portable and being able to interact with them etc. is good. Depending on what the data plan is, am I probably will get the 3G version.

  3. #3 by Jason on July 8th, 2011 [ 26201 Points ]

    I agree Pedro. I can simply call someone if I want to talk to them. other then that no tv is out is an epic fail. Especially when they made the psp 3000 mobo with tv out. So basically they are taking a step back. I dont know what Sony is doing. First they give you E card readers then they take them off the ps3 now no tv out? Morons

  4. #4 by Eddie on July 8th, 2011 [ 44542 Points ]

    I love the social aspects. The more the better.

    TV out never made sense to me. Its a portable…TV out makes it opposite of a portable.

  5. #5 by EdEN on July 8th, 2011 [ 142681 Points ]

    Ok… I can upload a save on the cloud and continue on Vita… if I bought the Vita version, right?

  6. #6 by Ajescent on July 8th, 2011 [ 3425 Points ]

    It’s Vitas not Vita’s…¬_¬

  7. #7 by Eddie on July 8th, 2011 [ 44542 Points ]

    EdEN: Ok… I can upload a save on the cloud and continue on Vita… if I bought the Vita version, right?  

    Nobody has confirmed how that will work yet Eden. Most games I wouldn’t buy twice. But for PSN titles…you only need to buy them once.

  8. #8 by Darklurkr23 on July 8th, 2011 [ 23156 Points ]

    Well i like the find people playing around you feature. That’s pretty cool for a portable. Still have my #1 question though. Are. There. TROPHIES. And I’m not a fan of that climbing thing on the back of the system. Sure it’s cool, but if you drop that thing it’ll probably screw up with the motion sensor after while. Hope this isn’t too expensive. Like the cross gaming

  9. #9 by Eddie on July 8th, 2011 [ 44542 Points ]

    Trophies have long been confirmed. We even saw the trophy button on the new UI

  10. #10 by EdEN on July 9th, 2011 [ 142681 Points ]

    @Eddie: Mmm, yep, PSN games will do this easily but for retail games it’s still something Sony hasn’t specified. To me it sounds like “two retail games, one save file” but let’s wait and see.

  11. #11 by Jay on July 9th, 2011 [ 83111 Points ]

    I think that maybe they’ll have retail double packs for those games, or even a download voucher code for the Vita version of the game

  12. #12 by The_Nmac on July 9th, 2011 [ 47658 Points ]

    That would be cool. I don’t how many actual games will have that feature. As they would have to be the exact same game. that being said still a good feature. I hope that they have better ps3 connectivity then the PSP.

    Also does anyone think the PS3 XMB will look closer to the vita’s UI when they launch the new system.

  13. #13 by Sakinah on July 10th, 2011 [ 26489 Points ]

    I think the social features just add more appeal to the Vita for certain customers who are in to that kind of thing. If you don’t like them you don’t have to use them.

  14. #14 by Eddie on July 10th, 2011 [ 44542 Points ]

    Nobody knows about the UI yet Nmac. There are rumors a change is coming and its makes sense there will be updates to allow Vita and PS3 to communicate.

    I say load it up with Social features. Games, multiplayer, social aspects, netflix…this thing is packed with features.

  15. #15 by Pedro on July 11th, 2011 [ 39949 Points ]

    Sakinah: I think the social features just add more appeal to the Vita for certain customers who are in to that kind of thing. If you don’t like them you don’t have to use them.  

    That’s most absolutely true! I guess in Japan this is kind of big, based on everything I’ve seen about the PSP and NDS over there.

    We’ll see, maybe if it’s good enough some of the people not too fond of it (aka me) might even give it a chance ;p


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