We have some important information to share with those of you who are planning to import a PS Vita when the device goes on sale on December 17. It has become apparent that the handheld device will not be able to support simultaneous gaming and web browsing.
Obviously this isn’t as big a deal as say cross-game chat which has already been confirmed for the PlayStation Vita, but some may view it as a little disappointing, especially in situations where you are finding a particular game difficult and quickly want to pause the game and hop online to search for help.
But this feature won’t be possible, according to an article published by Andria Sang. Sony has built the Vita to include built-in support for cross-game chat and the impressive-looking cross-platform game support with PS3 titles, but unfortunately simultaneous gaming and web browsing won’t be included.
Vita owners will still be able to access the Vita OS in the middle of a game however, with music, Twitter and the friends list all accessible during gameplay. Some PS3 titles still do not allow custom music tracks to be played with a game though, so it will be interesting to see if Sony has once again limited their music feature to the Vita or if it works will all titles regardless.
We doubt any sort of hardware limitations are stopping gamers from accessing the web browser in the middle of a game, so our only hope for now is that Sony decides to add this in a future firmware update some time after release. If you were planning to pick up the PS Vita though, how bad of a blow is this to you?
On hindsight, this feature isn’t available on the PlayStation 3 anyway, so perhaps it is too much to expect Sony to include it in the list of Vita features. We’ll update you if we hear anything new from Sony – In the meantime, give us your thoughts on this.