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Vita To Be Tied To One Account After All?

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Somewhere, deep in the heart of Sony's underground facility/HQ, an executive is punching an intern. Partly this is because he can; mainly, it's due to the recent confusion over the Vita, PSN accounts, and the frustration that stems therefrom. Initially, the company had indicated that the handheld would have a limit of one PSN account per system; users would only be able to use a different one by reverting the Vita to factory settings, thereby erasing all user data. After this, in an exchange with Wired, associate brand marketing manager Crystal MacKenzie stated that the reports we false. Rather, "Your PSN ID is bonded to your memory card and your memory card is bonded to your Vita [...] So if you wanted to change different PSN users but use the same memory card, you would need to go factory reset." In short, user information would be tied to the memory card only: Vita owners would be able to use multiple PSN accounts on the same system, though this would require using a different memory card for each account.

As it turns out, this may not be the case. Wired released a follow-up story after receiving word from a Sony rep that "PlayStation Vita is intended to be played by only one user." He went on to say that the owner's PSN account is in fact linked to the hardware, "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."

While it may seem like a rather trivial thing, one of the advantage of multiple accounts is that gamers can pick up titles from different regions. So if you were looking forward to enjoying some non-North American downloads - this is, of course, assuming you're living in either Canada or "Mmmerica!!" (yes,that is the proper spelling of my country's name) - looks like you're out of luck, unless Sony decides to remedy this in a firmware update.

Time to go punch an intern.

3 Comments

JTSpender said:

Sigh. I'm annoyed that people are so angry about the one-account thing. I mean, I get that people mostly want it to play games for other regions, but... the actual problem there is the region restrictions. Designing a mobile device, especially one that is heavily integrated with some set of (ugh, I can't believe I'm about to say this) cloud services to only support one account at a time is pretty reasonable. Even if Sony got there from a DRM perspective, there are other technical reasons why it's a useful simplifying assumption to make.

Regional restrictions, on the other hand, are stupid (especially around digital downloads, which defeats the whole "limited production capacity" argument) and a complete moral justification for related acts of piracy.

Xario said:

But it comes down to that: A household can't share a PSV. That's kinda sad. As it is with the ipad etc. I thought new technology was meant to expand our possibilities instead of restricting them...

baphomet said:

all i know is, when the first custom firmware comes out, ill be getting it.

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