The Playstation Vita Catch-All

I think the only way Sony could ever do another portable is if they did a PS4 Portable which could straight up play all your PS4 game library at 720p and function like a PS4. I don't think the hardware would be there for a few years at which point it would be too late.

I charged up the Vita after months in the drawer to check on the purchased pile for jrpg club and see how Darkest Dungeon played on the small screen just in case it comes out on top in the crpg voting (fingers crossed).

Still have a whopping pile of quality games on there, PS cross-buy, cheap deals and PS+ has seen to that.

This big old pile does highlight two crappy features...

Firstly, as you say memory card limitations (16gb for me).

Also the horrible way I have to scan through all purchased games to download something directly to the handheld... A list that not only contains Vita games, but every single PS3 and PS4 digital game ever owned, including doubling up on the cross-buy (Kula world anyone?) games, and not listed in any kind of sensible order. Sorry, rants - I was browsing for a couple things to download yesterday and as always frustrating. Would it have been a massive task for Sony to fix? I'm sure this has been moaned about multiple times over the last 7 years! Trip down memory lane for you.

Despite all it's failings still love it though!

But also I hate it.

But also I love it.

But I do hate it.

Love it though.

Dusts Vita off. Plays for a month. Puts back in drawer. Dust gathers.

Rinse and repeat.

My slim is still kicking, though the only time I use it with any regularity is when we go on trips or visit relatives- I like my Switch but the ridiculously poor battery life has seriously deterred me from taking it out of the house.
After this news broke I found myself on Amazon contemplating picking up a spare Vita for the future.

The battery life of the Vita is something to love for sure.

Dust gathers in sleep mode, dust it off and wake it up, still juice - quality.

Battery is great. I bought a 64gb card which was more than my phone at the time but paid through the nose for it of course. I recommend using a web browser and the add on that allows you to search and filter your psn library according to criteria you specify (such as by platform, ps+ titles). Can't remember the name of the top of my head but I can check it later if you're interested.

Mr GT Chris wrote:

Battery is great. I bought a 64gb card which was more than my phone at the time but paid through the nose for it of course. I recommend using a web browser and the add on that allows you to search and filter your psn library according to criteria you specify (such as by platform, ps+ titles). Can't remember the name of the top of my head but I can check it later if you're interested.

Yes please. Does it filter by size of memory card slice?

Found the link!
https://repod.github.io/psdle/

Highly recommended.

tuffalobuffalo wrote:

I think the only way Sony could ever do another portable is if they did a PS4 Portable which could straight up play all your PS4 game library at 720p and function like a PS4. I don't think the hardware would be there for a few years at which point it would be too late.

I doubt this will be a thing as the hardware wasn't optimized for battery life. You'll end up with a Sega Nomad eating 6 AAs in 1.5 hours.

How about a dedicated remote play device? With all the DS4 buttons and a "stronger" WiFI chip/antenna? Maybe we'll get that as a companion product with the PS5 with better optimized software (or hardware) for remote play streaming from the PS5 itself?

Mr GT Chris wrote:

Found the link!
https://repod.github.io/psdle/

Highly recommended.

Thanks, I shall plug it in.

What are the chances of someone cracking the Vita and making it into an emulation machine, as has been done with the PSP?

Veloxi wrote:

What are the chances of someone cracking the Vita and making it into an emulation machine, as has been done with the PSP?

My understanding is it's cracked, but only to a certain firmware, with no way to downgrade. It's possible that scene is sitting on cracks till Sony ends support. They just released a firmware patch this month.

I decided the Vita was my machine for when I went on cruises. Finally finished Root Letter on my way to Alaska this year.

Lots of people already seem to be using it like that but I think I'll wait until the last firmware is released and I (mostly) finish buying and playing Vita games on it.

PoderOmega wrote:

I doubt this will be a thing as the hardware wasn't optimized for battery life. You'll end up with a Sega Nomad eating 6 AAs in 1.5 hours.

How about a dedicated remote play device? With all the DS4 buttons and a "stronger" WiFI chip/antenna? Maybe we'll get that as a companion product with the PS5 with better optimized software (or hardware) for remote play streaming from the PS5 itself?

They have released a Remote Play application for Mac and Windows that requires a DS4 be connected, and most of their Android devices ship with a version of an app as well. They don't need to create a dedicated streaming client at this point.

John here with an an aged OG 3G Fat boy Vita OLED. If you are like me and you actually turn it on it; the battery is bad and you might get the battery glitch. You can be like me and change the battery. It was a "fairly" easy process. There is about 10 screws in total to get through. It takes a little of finesse to pop the rear touch pad off . Putting it all back together was the literal worse part of it all. Scary.

I've found replacement batteries do not hold a charge well at all. Not sure if they're just really aged like they've been sitting in a warehouse for the last 10 years or something. I've bought two third party batteries. I guess I shouldn't say they don't work, they charge up fine and hold a charge, they just get drained within a couple days of sitting idle.

Citizen86 wrote:

I've found replacement batteries do not hold a charge well at all. Not sure if they're just really aged like they've been sitting in a warehouse for the last 10 years or something. I've bought two third party batteries. I guess I shouldn't say they don't work, they charge up fine and hold a charge, they just get drained within a couple days of sitting idle.

That sounds disappointing to say the least. I will see if it is worth keeping the old battery or not.

In my case, my Vita actually got water damage and required a few more parts replaced, battery included, so I couldn't save the original. I half assume the cheaper knockoff batteries I've purchased are just not great quality. I don't recall finding a genuine Sony replacement battery for a reasonable price though

I got a new WiFi router (Nighthawk X10) recently so I thought I'd see if that improved remote play on my Vita. It was either the same or marginally improved.

So again frustrated I went back to researching what else I could do. One thing I had seen previously recommended was to unplug the HDMI cable which seemed both pointless and would be an ongoing pain to do. Reading further though unplugging HDMI is the equivalent of disabling HDCP in the system settings.

I found disabling that setting to significantly improve remote play performance on the Vita. I was able to play Zero Dawn with only minor frustrations and unlike before there wasn't a persistent "bad connection" icon displayed. The downside is the PS4 is our DVD Bluray player so if I don't remember to turn it back on then Trolls or Frozen won't play and someone will be unhappy. As others have commented the PS4 would preferably automatically enable HDCP as needed.

I’m excited about the 3.69 hack coming out in March ish. The prospect of using the DS4 and SD memory cards soon makes me happy.

JohnKillo wrote:

I’m excited about the 3.69 hack coming out in March ish. The prospect of using the DS4 and SD memory cards soon makes me happy.

Wait what?

Veloxi wrote:
JohnKillo wrote:

I’m excited about the 3.69 hack coming out in March ish. The prospect of using the DS4 and SD memory cards soon makes me happy.

Wait what?

Twitter The Flow0
He plans on releasing it at the “end of life” for the vita and people speculate that it will be March 2019. If you didn’t update, you can hack the vita already without any drama. Literally plug in the vita to your pc and run code.

Huh, I'll have to check which firmware I'm on when I get home.

SD cards?!? Finally!

garion333 wrote:

SD cards?!? Finally!

. There are several that get put into the game cart slot. SD adaptors

PoderOmega wrote:

I found disabling [the HDCP] setting to significantly improve remote play performance on the Vita.

I've been frustrated too so I'll give this a try.

Although, I've yet to connect the PS4 to the router via cable because it's a tricky run, but I suspect that's the #1 culprit.

Do you have your PS4 cable-connected to your router?

Yeah, I've always had the PS4 hardwired.

Gotcha; I'll see what I can do in that regard.

Turns out I did indeed have HDCP enabled. I turned it off and I'll see how things go. Thanks for posting that tip.

Right now the vita has been brought back from retirement as the console I toss in the bag for work. The battery I replaced is working really well. The thing is holding a decent charge.

Also got a second used 2000 coming soon. I hope it is the "right" firmware so I can do some dirt and backup my games/saves.

JohnKillo wrote:

Right now the vita has been brought back from retirement as the console I toss in the bag for work. The battery I replaced is working really well. The thing is holding a decent charge.

Also got a second used 2000 coming soon. I hope it is the "right" firmware so I can do some dirt and backup my games/saves.

I did this for a while. I was in a mood to play Stardew Valley and the Vita was just so much more portable.

ruhk wrote:

My slim is still kicking, though the only time I use it with any regularity is when we go on trips or visit relatives- I like my Switch but the ridiculously poor battery life has seriously deterred me from taking it out of the house.
After this news broke I found myself on Amazon contemplating picking up a spare Vita for the future.

Amazon has some of the Japanese colors for about 100 used.