This Is The First Thing To Do When You Get Your PS Vita

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:

  1. Press ‘do not use‘ rather than ‘use‘ when asked about your account.
  2. This will set you up on a trial (temporary) PSN/SEN account.
  3. Watch the video, it lasts a few minutes.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.



  1. you’d think they’d test stuff like this.

    anyway, good on you for highlighting the issue and providing a workaround, i could see it being a point of frustration for many new Vita owners.

    hopefully they’ll have fixed it by the time i get a Vita, if not i can always try this.

  2. Mine comes tomorrow from Play. I guess many people will be hitting into this issue.

  3. Oh man I wish I was getting it today/tomorrow :( But cheers for the info for when/if I pick one up for my birthday next month. (who am I kidding, I won’t be able to resist).

  4. Thanks for the heads up, that could save a lot of frustration :)

    I don’t suppose there’s any chance they’ve fixed this in the version of the Vita they’re shipping out in the UK/EU?

  5. What a strange over-sight :| Still, thanks for the heads up. If I do fold and get one of the coming weeks I would have no doubt fallen down this pitfall lol

  6. Mine should be here between 10:30 and 11:30 (Good ole Shopto) but the mrs is putting it away for my Birthday which is a full month from tomorrow:( atleast the good is you don’t need to make a another SEN account as it gives you a trail one

  7. Thanks will remember not not to get caught with this. My Vita should be here Thursday but wont be playing til 11 days after release.

  8. Cheers for that. Will remember to do that tomorrow when I pick it up.

  9. Thanks for the heads up guys, maybe the new firmware fixes this? Oh, look, flying bacon!

  10. Can’t wait to get mine tomorrow.

    Quick question, do you guys prefer to download games or the physical media?

    I’m thinking of trading in my 3DS and 3 games to get a 16gb Memory card and £100 PSN vouchers but not sure if it’s easier to just buy the media version instead?

    • If it wasn’t for my ISPs strict download usage I would probably download all my games (assuming they are sensibly priced of course). I love firing up my 360/PS3 and having a bunch of games sitting on the HDD waiting to be played :)

      That said, with regards to the Vita and its expensive mem cards, I would personally just stick to buying the physical copies for now. Also you are more likely to get games cheaper that way from one-day sales, etc.

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