What does PS Vita do online?
Vita’s online experience doesn’t just begin with downloading ace games from PSN or nailing extraterrestrial headshots in Resistance: Burning Skies’ multiplayer. No, it also comes packed with further network features designed to making gaming on Vita as social as possible. Below, you’ll find the full details on its social networking hub Near, Party’s cross-game chat service and LiveArea, which replaces the PS3 and PSP’s XMB menu.
A social hub that’ll bring you closer to other Vita players. Y’know without actually having to make physical, awkward eye contact with them while playing an LAN game. This app will allow you to comment on and recommend games to mates, track their location through Vita’s built-in GPS and compare trophies.
Finally, after years of moaning from PlayStation players, one of Sony’s systems at last gets cross-game chat. Party will let people get their conversation on even if they’re playing different games, using either Vita’s microphone or a separate headset.
The first Sony console not to use the XrossMediaBar since PS2, Vita uses this touchscreen-based interface for navigation. In addition to letting you access the PS Store, it will also provide access to live messages boards and let you view your trophies if your OCD is so inclined.
Only available on the 3G model <insert overly prudent sad face>, this will be able to track your destination and that of folk on your friends list. Japanese-only title Monster Radar is already set to use this feature, with progress tied to visiting new places foursquare-style.
Wi-Fi, 3G and Bluetooth connectivity
Vita is connected up its not existent jacksie. With Wi-Fi, 3G and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR connectivity, unless you’re in a basement bar in outer Mongolia you’re likely going to be able to connect to the net. Of course, 3G only comes with the more expensive model.