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Sony’s PS Vita launch problems highlighted by bizarre PSN account stance

Just when we thought the PS Vita PSN account was sorted out, we have yet another twist in the story to tell you about, and it’s not particularly good news. Before we told you that PS Vita accounts would be specifically tied down to the memory card, but Sony has issued another statement saying that this isn’t the case.

It has now emerged that that both the memory AND the hardware are responsible for the number of PSN accounts a PS Vita can log in to, and if you have been keeping an eye on this development, you would have been under the impression that multiple PSN accounts would be allowed, as long as you had a second memory card.

Now though, we have learned that this won’t be the case, as Sony has said this week that the PS Vita will only allow one PS Vita account to be used on the system at any time. In order to use a different PSN account on the same system, users will need to do a factory reset – which obviously is a major headache for most.

Here is what Sony said in a new statement handed to Wired:

“[The] PSN account is tied to the hardware and the memory card, not just the card, which means that if a second person is using your Vita, it’s not just a case of switching out memory cards, it’s clearing out all of your saved data on the Vita itself when you do the factory reset,”

To put it more boldly, Sony also said: “In other words, PlayStation Vita is intended to be played by only one user,”

By restricting PS Vita owners to just one PSN account, you have to wonder if Sony are shooting themselves in the foot with this move. Piracy issues aside, the PSP was seen as a great handheld for family use, with the ability for multiple user accounts making it very easy for family members to jump in and keep everything separated between each user.

With this new Vita restriction in place, not only does it prevent users from accessing multiple accounts, it now also means that they will be tied down to updates from one PlayStation Store only. Ask any PSP user now how useful it is being able to download content from other stores, as they grow frustrated with one regions laziness in pushing updates out after other regions have already had content for weeks.

One example of this can be seen in the recent Back to Karkand DLC release on PS3 for Battlefield 3. The US and UK received the DLC on December 6th from their respective PS Stores, but for some unknown reason, the Asia PS Store could only manage to push out the content on December 7th – giving one day less exclusivity before the Xbox 360 and PC users receive the content. We’re not sure who’s to blame there, but it relates to the PS Vita in a way that owners will now have to rely on one PS Store region only, and not getting content from other regions like they would with the PSP.

Is the ongoing issues surrounding PSN accounts on the PS Vita affecting your decision on whether to pick up a system or not? Ideally the process of launching a brand new piece of gaming hardware should be as smooth as possible, but it seems like the complete opposite as far as the Vita is concerned. Give us your thoughts on this.

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Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

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