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Sony Unveils Nine PlayStation Vita Tips and Tricks for Gamers

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134w ago - Sony Senior Social Media Specialist Sid Shuman has unveiled nine tips and tricks for next-generation handheld gamers below today!

To quote: If you've picked up PS Vita then you've probably been too busy plowing through the dense launch line-up to have spent much time browsing the Settings menu.

Luckily, you don't need to - we've spent plenty of time with PlayStation's new crown jewel and we've put together a few favorite tips and tricks we wanted to share. Of course, this is just a start: We want your tips, too!

If you've discovered any favorite PS Vita functions, please share them in the comments for all to enjoy this weekend.

1. Order in the court! By now, you've probably figured out how to move your game and app bubbles around the Home Menu by pressing and holding one using the front touchscreen, enabling you to drag it around into different frame.

You can even change the background color 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) like James Gallagher from the EU PlayStation Blog did here.

2. Let there be light. You can adjust your PS Vita's OLED screen brightness mid-game without the hassle of jumping...
 

Sony Answers PlayStation Vita 3G Connectivity Questions

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134w ago - Sony Associate Brand Hardware Marketing Manager Crystal MacKenzie has addressed and answered some common PlayStation Vita 3G connectivity questions below today, as follows:

The much anticipated launch of PS Vita is finally here, and gamers can now get their hands on the most robust handheld platform ever to enter the gaming space.

The introduction of new technology often brings a multitude of questions, and while several were answered in the PS Vita Ultimate FAQ, we're still getting additional questions related to the 3G feature set and how this "play virtually anytime and anywhere" approach to gaming will change the way that we consume content and compete with friends via the PS Vita.

Check out the following FAQ regarding the 3G compatibilities of the PS Vita and how to best take advantage of the features it offers. If you have more specific questions, please refer to the PlayStation Knowledge Center's list of most common PS Vita 3G and AT&T issues as well as this deep-dive PS Vita 3G FAQ.

How can I activate my 3G data service on my PS Vita?
Activating the 3G data service doesn't require going to an AT&T store or even being at a computer. From right on the PS Vita's home screen, touch the icon entitled "Network Operator" to launch into the process.
 

XSEED: Master PS Vita's Many Inputs with Sumioni: Demon Arts

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134w ago - XSEED Localization Specialist Tom Lipschultz has outlined PS Vita's many Inputs with the PlayStation Vita video game Sumioni: Demon Arts below today.

To quote: So PS Vita is officially out! Many of you are probably holding it in your hands right now, basking in that "new system smell" and lovingly polishing that beautiful screen to a glossy sheen. I know I am!

Still, PS Vita is dauntingly new and different from what I'm used to as a gamer. The touchscreen and the rear touch pad are like strange creatures to one such as I, having played mostly PSP titles since 2006.

Even brief stints with other touchscreen devices couldn't have hoped to prepare me for the subtle sensitivities and nuances of PS Vita - to say nothing of the way it harmoniously mixes its multi-touch functionality with traditional analog stick and button controls.

As more and more PS Vita games utilize these unique features (and game designs get more and more complex and challenging in the process), learning to switch between analog controls and touchscreen actions on the fly, or learning when and how to get the most out of the rear touch pad, will become absolutely essential to your gaming survival.

And that's where Sumioni: Demon Arts comes in.

Due for release in North America next...
 

Video: Shinobido 2: Revenge of Zenheya Impales Foes on PS Vita

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134w ago - Namco Bandai Games Community Manager Rich Bantegui has posted up a video today announcing that Shinobido 2: Revenge of Zenheya is now impaling foes on PS Vita.

To quote: With PS Vita's launch week in full effect, we wanted to give PlayStation.Blog readers just one more slice of Shinobido 2: Revenge of Zen. Have any of you elite assassins picked up both PS Vita and this stealth-action game?

My good friend from Acquire, Hiroshi Watanabe, wanted to share his experiences in developing Shinobido 2 for PS Vita. Fans are important to us and to this industry; even Mr. Watanabe started out as a student and was a BIG fan of the first Shinobido game for PS2. In his role as programmer, Watanabe put a lot of work into making the gameplay pop - and with the new trailer, and the game now out in the wild, you can see for yourself.

Check out our trailer and screens in the update below. Oh, and newfound PS Vita owners: let us know what you think of Acquire's latest (and bloodiest!) adventure!





Hello. I'm Hiroshi Watanabe, a programmer for Shinobido 2: Revenge of Zen. Like some of the other development team members, I was also once just a student who spent my fair share of playtime on the Shinobido series. I was...
 

Video: Sony Announces PlayStation Vita is Now Available in the US

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135w ago - Sony President & CEO Jack Tretton has officially announced that their new PlayStation Vita next-generation handheld console is now available in the US with some video footage below!

To quote: Today is a very exciting day for PlayStation, all of our loyal fans and the entire gaming industry. The highly anticipated PlayStation Vita, our next generation handheld gaming device, is now officially available here in the US.

We celebrated this momentous occasion from coast to coast last night, kicking off at a midnight event in New York where an enthusiastic crowd from the PlayStation Nation came to get their PS Vita units.

When we set out to create PS Vita, we were determined to deliver the best handheld gaming experience the industry has ever seen, an experience that would rival current consoles and set the bar infinitely higher for those exploring the portable gaming space. In the year following its announcement, you've heard us throw around words like "revolutionary," "innovative," "game-changing" and more.

In the past few weeks, fans like yourselves and members of the press have begun to share in our sentiments. Early reviews have hailed PS Vita as "the best handheld ever made" and "the most advanced portable gaming system ever made." It's clear that PS Vita is making a phenomenal...
 
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