My PlayStation Vita

My PlayStation Vita

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Step-by-step instructions with callouts to PlayStation Vita images that show you exactly what to do.
Help when you run into problems with your PlayStation Vita.
Tips and Notes to help you get the most from your PlayStation Vita.

Full-Color, Step-by-Step Tasks Show You How to Have Maximum Fun with Your PlayStation Vita!

  • Unbox your PS VitaTM, get connected, and start having fun, fast
  • Master PS Vita’s built-in and downloadable apps, from games to social media
  • Discover hot new PS Vita games—and play PlayStation classics, too
  • Chat with groups of friends in real time—even if they’re playing different games
  • Leave gifts for nearby gamers to find and play with or launch neighborhood competitions
  • Post on Facebook and Twitter right from your PS Vita
  • Use “augmented reality” cameras to embed yourself into the game
  • Make the most of PS Vita’s advanced HTML5 web browser
  • Take great photos and videos with PS Vita’s built-in cameras
  • Control your PS3 from your PS Vita—even if you’re thousands of miles away
  • Transform your PS Vita into a world-class music player
  • Get instant walking or driving directions from Google Maps
  • Set parental controls to protect your kids
  • Create Privacy Zones so other gamers don’t know what you’re doing
  • Buy or rent videos from the PlayStation Store
  • Safely back up your PS Vita on your PC, Mac, or PS3
  • Solve PS Vita and connectivity problems fast and get back to having fun

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780133107418
Publisher: Pearson Education
Publication date: 11/15/2012
Series: My...
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
File size: 154 MB
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About the Author

Bill Loguidice is a top business, technology, staffing, and creative professional, a noted videogame historian and subject matter expert, and a critically acclaimed author. Bill is also the cofounder and managing director for the online publication, Armchair Arcade, one of PC Magazine’s Top 100 Websites.

As a renowned videogame and computer historian and collector, Bill personally owns and maintains more than 400 different systems from the 1970s to the present day, including a large volume of associated software, accessories, and literature. It is from these great resources and his sincere passion for the topic that Bill is often called upon to provide subject matter expertise to both public and private media interests.

Bill has coauthored numerous books, including My Xbox: Xbox 360, Kinect, and Xbox LIVE; Vintage Games: An Insider Look at the History of Grand Theft Auto, Super Mario, and the Most Influential Games of All Time; Wii Fitness For Dummies; and Motorola ATRIX For Dummies. He is also a writer and producer on the feature film documentary from Lux Digital Pictures, Gameplay: The Story of the Videogame Revolution.


Christina T. Loguidice is a scientific, technical, and medical editor and writer. Over her publishing career, she has overseen numerous peer-reviewed medical journals and healthcare technology magazines, including Surgical Rounds, Cardiology Review, Resident & Staff Physician, Oncology Net Guide, and OncNurse. Christina is currently the editorial director of Annals of Long-Term Care: Clinical Care and Aging and Clinical Geriatric s, both of which are monthly peer-reviewed clinical journals that reach geriatricians and healthcare providers caring for elderly persons, including in the long-term care setting. She reports from several medical conventions annually.

Christina has always had an interest in technology and in fitness and nutrition. She is the coauthor of Wii Fitness For Dummies and My Xbox: Xbox 360, Kinect, and Xbox LIVE. She enjoys working out in her home gym with her husband and using the virtual gyms afforded by various gaming platforms.

Table of Contents

1  Getting Started     3
Unboxing Your Vita     4
  Understanding the Vita Models     4
  Breaking Down the Components      5
Charging the Vita     12
  Using the AC Adapter     13
  Using the USB     14
Setting Up Your Vita     14
  Beginning First-Time Setup     15
  Operating the Vita     16
  Standby Mode and Powering On or Off     20
Understanding Card Media     20
  Memory Cards     20
  PlayStation Vita Cards     22
  SIM Card     24
Understanding Your Warranty     25
Accessorizing Your Vita     26
  Cases     26
  Screen Protectors     26
  Docks     28
  Headphones     28
  Styluses     30
2  Understanding and Working with the Interface Screens     33
Unlock Screen     34
  Changing the Unlock Screen Wallpaper     34
Home Screen     37
  Examining Your Vita’s Preinstalled Apps     37
  Getting Into Edit Mode     40
  Moving App and Game Icons     41
  Deleting an App or Game     42
  Changing the Home Screen Wallpaper     43
  Obtaining Vita Wallpaper Online     44
LiveArea Screen     45
Application Screen     46
Info Bar     47
Index Screen     49
Playing in Welcome Park     49
  Digit Chase     51
  Snap + Slide     53
  Skate Axis     54
  Sound Loop     54
  Hello Face     55
3  Settings and Networking on Your Vita     57
LiveArea Screen for Settings     58
  Flight Mode     59
  System Update     59
  Connecting Over Wi-Fi or 3G     60
  Connecting to a PlayStation 3     61
  Connecting to a Computer     62
  Network     63
  Deleting a Bluetooth Device     67
  Finding IMEI and ICCID Numbers     70
  Purchasing a Data Plan Using Your Vita     71
  Purchasing a Data Plan Via a Web Browser     72
  Checking Usage Period for Your DataConnect Pass     72
  PlayStation Network     74
  Setting Up an Account on Your Vita     75
  Adding an Existing PlayStation Account     77
  Signing In to Your Account     78
  Signing Out of Your Account     79
  Account Information     79
  Application Data Management     82
  Notifications     82
  Sound & Display     83
  Location Data     84
  Security     84
  Checking an Apps Restriction Level     85
  Date & Time     86
  Language     87
  System     88
  Format     89
  Power Save Settings     90
  Using Safe Mode to Troubleshoot     91
4  Getting Oriented with Near and Maps     93
Accessing Near and Enabling Location Data     94
Touring Near’s LiveArea and Application Screens     96
  Near LiveArea Screen     96
  Near Application Screen     97
Near Settings     98
  Location Data     98
  Sharing Settings     99
  Establishing Private Zones     101
  Unit of Distance     103
  Game Good Settings     103
  Delete All “Near” Data     103
  Terms of Service and Privacy Policy     104
Getting Out and About     104
  Out-and-About History Screen     104
  Out-and-About Radar Screen     105
  Out-and-About and Local Charts     107
  Players’ Voice Screen     108
Checking on Friends     109
Viewing Discoveries     110
Working with Profiles     111
  Sending Friend Requests     113
  Updating Your Avatar and Profile     115
Finding Your Way with the Maps App     116
  Accessing Maps for the First Time     117
  Maps LiveArea Screen     118
  Maps Application Screen     118
  Searching for a Location     119
  Accessing the Information Screen for a Search Result     120
  Obtaining Directions     121
  Placing a User Flag     122
  Deleting a User Flag     123
  Bookmarking a Location     124
  Hiding a Bookmarked Location      125
  Viewing a Bookmarked Location     125
  Viewing Search History for Locations and Directions     126
  Editing Bookmarks and Search Histories     127
  Working with Maps Settings     128
5  Shopping in the PlayStation Store     131
Navigating the Online Shop     132
  Examining the Store     133
  Understanding Content Items     134
  Downloading Content     135
  Paying for Purchases     136
  Adding Funds     137
  Managing Sub Account Funds     138
  Checking PlayStation Store Usage     139
  Redownloading Content     141
6  Exploring Social Apps     143
Getting to Know the Party App     144
  Party LiveArea and Party and Application Screens     144
  Creating Parties     146
  Joining Parties     148
  Conducting Text Chats     150
  Recommending a Friend     151
  Approving Recommended Persons     152
Using the Friends App     153
  Friends LiveArea and Application Screens     153
  Sending Friend Requests     154
  Blocking Individuals     155
  Unblocking Individuals     156
Group Messaging with Friends     157
  LiveArea Screen     157
  Sending Messages     158
  Managing Messages     160
Connecting and Sharing with Facebook     161
  Facebook LiveArea Screen     161
  Navigating the Facebook App     162
Sharing and Discovering with Twitter     166
  Twitter LiveArea Screen     166
  Authorizing LiveTweet     167
  Navigating LiveTweet     168
Checking in with foursquare     171
  foursquare LiveArea Screen     172
  Getting a Handle on foursquare     172
Making the Call with Skype     177
  Getting Started with Skype     178
  Examining the Skype Application     179
7  Surfing with the Internet Browser     183
Using the LiveArea Screen for the Browser     184
  Surfing the Web     185
  Entering Web Addresses     186 
  Working with Pages     187
  Opening Multiple Browser Windows     187
  Saving Images     188
  Uploading Files     188
Working with Bookmarks and Browsing History     189
  Adding Bookmarks     189
  Opening a Bookmark     190
  Organizing Bookmarks     190
  Viewing Your Browsing History     191
Browser Settings     191
8  Managing Media with Content Manager     195
  Using LiveArea Screen for Content Manager    196
Working with a Computer    196
  Installing Content Manager Assistant for Windows    198
  Installing Content Manager Assistant for Macintosh    200
  Copying and Deleting Content    201
  Backing Up and Restoring Content    203
Working with a PlayStation 3    204
  Copying and Deleting Content    204
  Backing Up and Restoring Content    206
  Deleting Outdated Backups    207
9  Gaming on Your Vita     209
Trophies     210
  Using LiveArea for Trophies     210
  Synchronizing Trophies     211
  Viewing Vita Trophies     211
  Viewing Trophies for All Systems     212
Remote Play with the PlayStation 3     214
  Using LiveArea Screen for Remote Play     214
  Registering Your Vita with a PlayStation 3     215
  Playing Remotely via PlayStation 3 Wi-Fi     217
  Playing Remotely via the Internet     218
  Enabling PlayStation 3 Remote Start     219
  Controlling the PlayStation 3     220
Other Interactions with the PlayStation 3     222
  Cross-Platform Play     222
  Cross-Controller     222
  Cross-Save     223
  Cross-Goods     223
  Companion Apps     224
Must-Play Vita Games     224
Must-Play PlayStation Minis Games     231
Must-Play PlayStation One Games     234
Must-Play PlayStation Portable Games     237
10  Snapping Pictures and Video with the Cameras     241
Viewing the Photos LiveArea Screen     242
Getting into Shooting Mode     243
  Taking Photos     245
  Capturing Video     246
Looking at Viewing Mode     247
  Examining the Thumbnails Screen     247
  Deleting Images and Videos     248
  Viewing Individual Photos and Videos     249
  Adjusting Slideshow Settings     251
  Cropping Photos     253
  Sharing Photos     254
Getting to Know Flickr     255
  Examining the Flickr LiveArea Screen     256
  Touring the Flickr Interface     256
  Browsing Photos with Flickr     258
  Uploading Images to Flickr     259
  Taking a Picture and Uploading It     260
  Uploading a Stored Photo     261
  Adding Tags and Information to Your Photos     262
  Tweaking Flickr’s Layout on Vita     263
11  Viewing Video Content     265
Understanding the Videos App     266
Examining the Videos LiveArea Screen     266
Playing Video via the Videos App     267
  Controlling Playback with Buttons     269
  Adjusting Video Settings     270
Watching Netflix     270
  Getting Started with the Netflix App     271
  Navigating the Netflix App     272
Watching YouTube with the YouTube App     273
Video Sharing with Niconico     276
  Getting Started with Niconico     276
  Navigating the Niconico App     278
12  Tuning in to Music     281
Understanding the Music App     282
  Examining the Music LiveArea Screen     282
  Listening to Music via the Music App     283
  Playing Music in the Background     286
Getting to Know Music Unlimited     287
  Signing Up for Music Unlimited     288
  Disabling Auto-Renewal     288
  Understanding the Music Unlimited Interface     289
  Making Songs Available Offline     292
Getting Help with Your PlayStation Vita     293
Index     295

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My Playstation Vita 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think a Playstshon Vita realy breaks it down! (:
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anyway im going 4 stars cause I mean all of that stuffs in the PSvita instruction booklet that comes with it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cool! It's cool!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book really breaks down what you should do when u get a vita &I like how breaks it down.
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