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The PlayStation Vita – A Noob’s Guide – iii

By: Musa Afridi

  |   July 13th, 2012   |  
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With the various applications installed and the PlayStation Network account set up it is time now to take a look at a few features Sony’s second generation portable gaming console has to offer.

The PlayStation Vita is designed primarily for gaming but it also has a number of features that enhance the experience as well. At the same time it seems that Sony had social networking in mind when they added a number of features on the console.

One of the most enjoyable features will be the ability to play music in the background no matter what application the user is running. This also applies to having one’s own custom soundtrack playing in the background of their favourite games.

Much like the feature introduced in the PlayStation 3 titles, Burnout Paradise and Gran Turismo 5, but without the hassle, users can simply play their music and then start the game of their choice or even pause the game at any time, exit to the menu, start up their music and jump right back into the game.

So far, through our various play-throughs, there has been no reduction in frame rate or any performance issues using the music player alongside the game, and it seems Sony really seemed to focus on ensuring that the Vita can multitask well for its size.

Although the speakers on the Vita are fairly decent, it would be advisable to invest in a decent pair of earphones or headphones if they want to enjoy the Vita to its maximum potential.

There is one minor flaw though, as there is no option to create a custom playlist as yet and users will have to import their playlists from their PCs or PlayStation 3 console. This can prove to be a major pain in the neck as creating a playlist to suit one’s mood would be something that everyone would expect to have on a device that boasts music playback.

In order to transfer content from PCs to the Vita and vice versa, users will have to download the Content Manager onto their PCs, after which the process is fairly simple. Once the software has downloaded, the user need simply connect the Vita to the PC and run the Content Manager.

At this point they will be prompted to either transfer content from the Vita to the PC or vice versa. If they choose the latter then they can set their default folders where the console will import the media from the PC from.

*Note: the amount of content that can be saved depends on the capacity of the memory stick the user has purchased.

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