PS Vita: Multiple PSN accounts clarified, memory cards the key

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For those of you who are looking to pick up a PlayStation Vita but have become concerned over the PSN login situation after it was feared that the system wouldn’t allow multiple logins, we now have some updated information to share with you.

As most of you are aware, Sony will soon be releasing the highly anticipated follow-up to the PSP on December 17th in Japan, but those in the UK and US will have to wait until February 22nd to get the device.

Sony recently caused considerable fear amongst potential buyers, after a translation from a Japanese Vita FAQ appeared to suggest that the system wouldn’t support more than one login, which would obviously be a huge blow to those that are intending to share the system with another member of the family, or those that follow PS3 tactics and set up multiple PSN accounts to download region specific content from a PlayStation store.

We have now heard an update on this situation thanks to Sony exec Crystal MacKenzie, who has told Wired that the system will be able to support more than one PSN login after all. However, it turns out that each login will be tied down to the mandatory proprietary memory card that Sony has built for the device, as she explained below:

”Your PSN ID is bonded to your memory card and your memory card is bonded to your Vita. If you wanted to change different PSN users but use the same memory card, you would need to go factory reset.”

Yes you heard that correctly, if you only buy one memory card for the PS Vita which a lot of users will do, then you’ll have to do a factory reset each time you want to change PSN account, which obviously isn’t ideal. The only alternative around this, and another cunning move from Sony’s point of view is to buy a second memory card so that you can have access to two PSN accounts for the Vita.

Thanks to a recent listing by GameStop, we now have an idea of how much the cheapest memory card is going to cost in the US at launch, remember they won’t come included with the system. A 4GB card will be available for an additional $29.99, so for those of you who want the option of having two PSN accounts, be prepared to put an extra $60 aside when it comes to buying the console.

What are your thoughts on this move by Sony to tie the PSN accounts to memory cards? At the end of the day, it is a whole lot better than having no support for multiple PSN accounts at all isn’t it.

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