So, you’ve got your PS Vita (whether it’s today via an over eager online retailer, or tomorrow from the high street) and you’re busily unwrapping the box and sticking it on charge. Well, before you dive in – stop – and read this, because it’s important.
Basically, the Vita will want to connect to your wireless Wi-Fi router when you first boot it up, and it’ll want to look for Firmware updates at the same time as trying to get you to sign into your PSN account. But it can’t, and gets stuck in a frustrating loop.
It’s odd, but here’s what happens: if you try to use an existing PSN (or SEN, as it’s now known) account you’ll be told that the Vita will need to do a firmware update (the latest system software isn’t on the Vita yet) but will then take you back to the account screen. Ad infinitum.
Here’s what to do:
- Press ‘do not use‘ rather than ‘use‘ when asked about your account.
- This will set you up on a trial (temporary) PSN/SEN account.
- Watch the video, it lasts a few minutes.
- Then it’ll let you update the system software. If you don’t get a prompt, go into Settings and it’s at the top.
- Then you can go back and use your PSN/SEN account.
It’s trivial once you’ve worked it out, but I remember being stumped with this back in December, so it’s worth pointing out. Basically, if you’ve already got a PSN account from your PS3 or PSP, you’ll need to abandon it temporarily whilst the Vita updates.
Then you can go back to it, and enjoy having your Friends list, trophies and messages as normal.