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PlayStation Vita locked to one ID

The Gadget Show  Friday 16 December 2011

PlayStation Vita locked to one ID

Last week Sony pleased fans of the upcoming PlayStation Vita by declaring that PlayStation Network IDs are locked to memory cards, and not the console itself. Unfortunately that is no longer the case. Sony last night confirmed that the only way to swap PlayStation IDs is to perform a factory reset. That means one profile per PlayStation Vita.

On a PlayStation 3 home console, users are able to use multiple accounts enabling users to log into Playstation Network stores from other countries.

Can the PlayStation Vita support more than one PSN account?

The move to a single ID for the PlayStation Vita should stop such practices, but is unlikely to go down well with those that were thinking of pre-ordering the PlayStation Vita and those planning to share their console with family members. 

Instead of being able to switch IDs by swapping memory cards that fans thought was possible last week, it looks like a factory reset wiping off all data is the only way to start afresh with a new ID.

A statement from Sony said: “Like PSP, PS Vita is intended to be played by only one user as a personal portable entertainment system. As such, the spec is set so that only one PSN account will be connected to one PS Vita hardware.”

PlayStation Vita will launch in the UK on February 22nd 2012. Locking controversies aside, the PlayStation Vita will have some great games at launch that include Uncharted: Golden Abyss, WipEout 2048 and ModNation Racers. But has the ID restriction put you off? Let us know.

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PlayStation, Vita, Sony, ID, handhelds, gaming

User comments (3)

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This is the kind of attitude we would expect from Apple not Sony.

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Why get at Apple. You can log into your iPad/iPhone/iPod touch with more than one account if you want to???

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Oh, how silly. They need to learn from Nintendo, games are for sharing.

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