Archive for category PSVita

3G conectivity on PS Vita

2012-12-12-074640

When I bought the PS Vita I decided to buy the First Bundle edition because it came with a hard cover, a 4 GB memory card, a video game, and the 3G option. At the moment of the launching it wasn’t clear if it was going to be tied to AT&T or if it could be used with other operators later on. At the moment, and even tough there have been firmware updates it hasn’t been unlocked or jailbreaked for other operators on the american version (likes the ones sell at Amazon ). In other countries like Spain, Australia or Hong Kong, the console comes unlock for using with any operator.

Connectivity in Venezuela

As I analyzed it when the console was launched, Venezuelan operator’s SIM cards for the band the console operates (GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900; UMTS 900/1900) are  not valid for the PS Vita. The console says is not valid for both Movistar and Movilnet’s  SIM cards, as shown here:

Invalid SIM

The only SIM card allowed is the AT&T’s SIM card, and it doesn’t recognized the local operator’s SIM cards. The only way the 3G works is through the “Data Roaming”, but you have to buy a data plan with AT&T. I bought the Connect Pass International plan, which costs $30 per 120 MB or 30 days, whichever comes first.

Activating ConnectPass and Data Roaming

Afert buying the ConnectPass International plan you must enable the data roaming. To do so you mus go tu System Settings > Networks > Mobile Networks Settings. “Then check Roaming Data”

Mobile Network Settings

After checking that option it will says that the data roaming will depend on the availability to connect with local operators. In the Venezuela’s case both Movistar and Movilnet  have deals with AT&T. You can check the detailed list of countries where AT&T has deals with local operators. In my case three operators are listed on the PS Vita: Movilnet, Movistar y Digitel, tanto 3G como 2G.

Operator Settings

When choosing any of those operators it will connect to the network and show the following message:

DataConnect Pass International

This means that the DataConnect Pass International plan was validated and confirms the account information, such as the activation date and a phone number. If you chooses a operator like Movistar at the upper left corner will appear the 3G or H icon. To check the connection I went to my blog page and took a screenshot:

Movistar 3G - PSVita

How to buy the plan?

If you are interested in buying a plan go to AT&T’s page https://buyasession.att.com, choose the ”Establish New Prepaid Account” option, and after filling the required fields, such as the IMEI of your PS Vita, the ICCID and your credit card number, etc. and an account will be created as show next:

ATT Account Information

Is worthy the data plan?

The average cost of a PS Vita games is about $30… meaning instead of wasting $30 monthly for just 120 MB I could be buying a game every month…AT&T this plan is not profitable, or reasonable from any point of view. I would rather forget I have 3G and use the WiFi at home.

,

2 Comments

PS Vita’s GPS issue

When my PS Vita arrived one of the first things I did was to I try the Maps application, but when getting my location I got this error:

Google Maps - Falla ubicación actual

I didn’t pay attention because I was excited about my new console, games and all that. But then I decided to try Near and surprise…I got this error:

Near -  get location error

Then I realized that I had problems when upgrading the firmware using the WiFi method because it started to download but it never ended.

Solution

I suppose I must be a networking issue, so I tried with my router configuration. I changed the b/g/n mode to only g. In OpenWrt’s web interface it can be changed here:

OpenWrt bgn

Consult your router’s manual where to change that value. After that change the PS Vita could obtain my location in Maps and Near. I know, I changed the network protocol from 802.11n (600 Mbit/s) to 802.11g (54 Mbit/s), but if you change your router once again to b/g/n auto mode, the PS Vita can still get the locations and your other 802.11n  devices can connect using that protocol.

References

,

20 Comments

How to upgrade the PS Vita using WiFi

This video explains how to upgrade your PS Vita to the latest firmware using a WiFi connection. The procedure steps are also detailed on this article.

Requisites

  • PS Vita
  • A WiFi connection

Procedure

If you want to upgrade your PS Vita’s firmware using a WiFi connection, just follow the next steps:

  1. Turn on the PS Vita and touch on the LiveAreaSettings balloon.
  2. In Settings, select Start.
  3. Then you must choose the System Update option.
  4. Finally, you must select Update Using Wi-Fi option, and follow the procedure.

That’s it!

No Comments

Hidden recovery menu on the PSVita

Here you have how to launch the hidden recovery menu on the PSVita . It’s good to know it exists in the event you need to update the firmware using this way or, for example, to recover your console.

Procedure

  1. Turn the off PSVita.
  2. Press the PS button, the power button and the right trigger at the same time.
  3. When the menu had appeared, select one of the options according to your needs.

The procedure is shown on the video if you have any doubt.

Reference: [Tutorial] Acceder al Menu Recovery de PS Vita (in Spanish)

2 Comments

PSVita review

PSVita

My PSVita already arrived, so I’m going to share this review and my impressions about the console. First of all, I have to say this PSVita is the 3G/Wigi model.

Presentation

I’m going start with the product’s presentation. The PSVita comes in a box a little more bigger than PSP’s boxes, where you will find the console inside the box, a game, and its accessories, such as the case, or its AC connector.

PSVIta box

Hardware

As I mentioned before, the PSVita has an interesting hardware for an handheld: 4-core ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore and 512 MB RAM, 128 MB VRAM, besides 4 core SGX543MP4+ for video.

Dimensions

The PSVita is a little bigger than a PSP. You can see in the picture the difference between 83.55 mm x 182 mm x 18.6 mm of a PSVita, against the 71 mm x 169 mm x 19 mm of an PSP 2000.

PSVitaVsPSP

Comfort

The first thing one note with this new console is the fact that its buttons are smaller compared with a PSP or a PS3 control. At the begging it could be a little weird, and in my case I tended to push the right analog stick instead of X. But it’s just a matter of getting used to this new buttons distribution. Also be aware that a PSVita weights 100 gr more than a PSP 2000, but it weights the same as a PSP 1000 (FAT).

DisplayLittle Deviants - Installing

The PSVita counts with a 5-inch OLED multi-touch capacitive touchscreen, and 32-bit color, 960 × 544 qHD @ 220 ppi resolution.I must admit that colors are brighter, and the videos looks great…but it’s no such practical as a tablet or a netbook (or at least I won’t be watching movies on a PSVita). On the other hand, the graphical quality are better than a PSP, but I’m sure games can take better advance of the hardware. I coul say graphics are superior than a PS2 but no a PS3.

Touchpad

This is another of the new things of this console: a touchpad for interactuaing with the console. In fact, there are already games like Little Deviants that use the touchpad.

PSVIta trackpad

3G connectivity

AT&T SIMI bought the 3G mode becuase I wanted  to connect to local carriers such as Movistar or Movilnet, and because the AT&T and Movistar/Movilnet’s bands are the sames. The problem is that PSVita from USA comes locked to AT&T carrier. If you put a Movistar or Movilnet SIM, the console just will say it isn’t valid, as shown in the following image…It’s a matter of waiting for someone to sell the unlock code or see if the scene can do it.

Invalid SIM

Bluetooth / WiFi connectivity

The PSPVita comes with a 802.11 b/g/n network interface, capable of use WAP2 encrypting, such as thing wasn’t abailiable in the PSP. The bluetooth is a proven technology therefore it was included. I could sync my Motorola SD-10 headset transparently.

Cameras

People are complaining about the cameras, but you must bear in mid they are tow 1.3 MP cameras. I really liked how the cameras are integrated with games so your environment becomes part of the game’s scenario. Here a picture taken with the rear camera.

PSVita photo of me

Interface

The graphic interface is a different than the “traditional” XMB that comes on  PSP and PS3. It’s called LiveArea and it uses the touchscreen heavily. It doesn’t look like iOs or Android interfaces,instead it uses a bubble based interface that represents games and applications. It’s interesting the way apps, games  and PSN’s downloads, running all together (multitasking).

LiveArea

Software and applications

My PSVita came with factory firmware 1.06 as shown in the following picture. To get connected to PSN I had to update to current firmware 1.61, up to date.

PSVIta Original firmware

About the applications, I’ve tried some downloaded from the PSN. These applications achieve their basic purpose (like Twitter or Flickr do) but the small display make them a little odd, at least graphically.

Browser

I have to admit the bowser it’s much better than the old PSP’s version. The only remaining thing is the flash support.

PSVIta - browser

Little Deviants game

Little Deviants Little Deviants - close

Little Deviants is the game that came in the bundle. It looks like a game for kids, but don’t be confused for its appearance, because this game takes advantage of all handheld’s interactive resources. For instance, so far I had to sue the touchpad, the screen, the movement sensors, the buttons and some of them combined. On the other hand, the game is addictive and one wants to see what’s next with those mini-games (leveles).

Up to date there’s not many games from where to choose, and the existing one cost about $40. If ou want to see a list of all games you can check it here.

PS3 compatibility

PSVita was desinged to get updates from a PS3, make backups od savedata on a PS3, and even use the PS3 remotely for,a mong other things, play gamkes on the PS3 and display them on the PSVita. For the official firmware (4.11, up to date ) there are many games with limitations on the remote play feature, while on custom firmwares based on 3.55 there are more compatible games.

If you are interested in knowing hoe to display games remotely on the PS3, follow this tutorial (in Spanish)

Augmented Reality

The augmented reality cards shown in the next picure came in the bubdle. At the moment I hadn’t used them with the included game (and I don’t know if it uses them) but there they are waiting for the occasion…

PSVIta augmented reality cards

Accessories

The pack has additional accessories, such as a 4 GB menory card and a hard case to protect the handheld. At the moment I thinkg 4 GB are enough for begin, but it will depend on how much a game uses when installing, if they install data as the PS3 game do.

PSVIta casePSVITA 4G memory card

Conclusions

  • Is it worth to buy teh firs Edition Bundle? Short answer: no. Because Sony bind the 3G to a USA carrier. In any case, the best thing to do is to buy a PSVita WiFI edition, and use available networks or a hotspots with a smartphone.
  • Is it wotth a PSVita? Short answer: yes. Graphis are great (better than NDS or N3DS), and Sony included new interactive elements that many people suggested, like a second analog stick or a touchscreen.
  • Are console and game prices fair?  Short answer: no. You better wait until Sony low console and game’s prices or when the handheld become less “exclusive”.

42 Comments

PlayStation Vita (PSVita)

Sony has released its new portable console PSVita (PlayStation Vita) in Japan. The launching in USA will be on February 15th for those who buy the First Edition Bundle, and on February 22th for those who buy another pack. The PSVita looks amazing and superior than any other portable console in the market (yes, I’m referring to NDS/N3DS). Let’s see the PSVita’s technical specifications:

Read the rest of this entry »

9 Comments