r/vita 5d ago

Bi-Monthly Questions Thread & FAQ


This weekly thread is designed to be a place for all the new members of the subreddit and Vita community to come and say hello as well as where they (or vets) can ask any question they might have (no matter how redundant or simple). So, say "Hi", ask away, and welcome to /r/Vita!


We get these questions a lot, so we're incorporating them into this thread. Have something you feel fits here? Shoot us a modmail!

Is the Vita worth buying in (current year)?

Value is ultimately subjective. If you like the library of games on the Vita and have the money, probably. If you want new, modern games then probably not. If you have specific questions about the Vita's capabilities feel free to ask in this thread, but keep in mind you're asking in a Vita-centric community and will likely get mostly affirmative responses.

Is the PlayStation store shutting down?

No. Sony did announce they were closing the Vita storefront in 2021, but later reversed that decision. It is possible that the store will be shut down at some point in the future, but no specific dates/timeframes are known.

Can I still buy games from the PlayStation store?

Yes. However, you will need to have funds in your wallet for the purchase. You can add funds to your wallet via web, PS4, or PS5. More information is available here.

I'm having trouble signing into my Vita! Help!

As of the 3.74 update in May 2022, you need a device password to sign in to your Vita. You can do that here. Please make sure you are on firmware 3.74 and using a device password before making a thread.

My Vita is in an error loop with the QR code on sign-in. What should I do?

This happens sometimes, and nobody's really sure why. However, community member LoganN64 has been able to provide instructions that consistently work for getting through this:

  1. Log in to the PSN website with a Laptop or Desktop computer.

  2. Click on your avatar in the top right corner and go to SETTINGS.

  3. Scroll down to SECURITY and then scroll down to ACTIVATE/TURN ON 2 FACTOR AUTHENTICATION.

  4. Click on GENERATE NEW DEVICE CODE, write this down exactly as it is case sensitive.

  5. Go to your Vita and bring up the sign in page, enter the email associated with your account then enter the NEW DEVICE CODE as your password. Click on save password to avoid getting a new code each time..

I'm no longer able to transfer files from PS3 to Vita. What's happening?

This feature was disabled in May 2022. You can read PlayStation's update about it here. No workarounds are currently known.

Where can I buy a Vita?

Vita production ceased in 2019 so consoles can be hard to come by, especially new. eBay is the most prominent location, but Facebook marketplace, Kijiji, Craigslist, /r/GameSale, and equivalent marketplaces are your friend.

How much is (X) worth? Is (X) a good deal?

You can search sold eBay listings here to get a sense of value. VGPC is another source of this kind of information.

Will (Game) ever go on sale?

As of 2020, Sony has disabled developers' ability to put Vita games on sale. So in all likelihood, no.

The workaround and exception for this rule is that cross-buy games can still be put on sale for the PS4, and cross-buy items will still grant the Vita version (where applicable).

Should I buy an OLED ("Phat") or Slim Vita?

Neither are bad options. The Slim has 1GB of on-board memory, a more standard charging port, slightly better battery life, and is lighter. The Phat has a better screen. It's up to you on what you value more.

Where can I buy replacement Vita parts?

AliExpress and eBay are currently the best sources of Vita replacement parts.

Are Vita consoles region-free?

Yes. A Vita can play a physical game from any region. The digital storefront you can access is determined by the region of your PSN account, and not the region of the console. For example, a Vita from Japan will be able to play any physical game, and if you sign in with a US PSN account you'll be able to access the US PSN storefront.

Vita consoles from Asian regions have the X/O button swapped in the OS ("bubbles") screen, but in-game functionality retains X-to-confirm functionality for almost all games.

It has been reported that consoles intended for China have more stringent region-locking, but these are not commonly found and this is unlikely to affect you.

I'd like some game recommendations!

Check out our Wiki page, 2021 subreddit poll, and 2018 subreddit poll. If that isn't cutting it for you, feel free to ask in this thread or create your own thread on the subreddit. Keep in mind that we require 300+ characters for recommendation posts on the subreddit, so be sure to include plenty of detail about what you're looking for, what you've played, and so on.

I have a question about hacks/homebrew

Check out /r/VitaHacks - that's their specialty and they've got a pinned thread to help you out.

Curious about what else is coming up? Our full auto-post schedule is here.

r/vita 1d ago

Bi-Monthly Collector's Boutique


Hello /r/Vita and welcome to our new collection thread - the bi-monthly collector's botique. Feel free to post your collections, hauls, pick-ups, and deals below!

Curious about what else is coming up? Our full auto-post schedule is here.

r/vita 5h ago

Question Is this resealed? PAL copy (can’t see a tear strip)


r/vita 13h ago

Misc. A LittleBigPlanet Marvel Edition warning


Okay so this is definitely a first world problem but decided to warn people about it anyways.

There is two versions of LBP Vita, the normal one and the Marvel Superhero Edition. Marvel Superhero edition has DLC thats unobtainable nowadays so worth getting for that purpose. However - If you are someone who has a lot of DLC (like 20+) do NOT get that version if you want to use all your DLC. For some reason, at some point your dlc checks dissapear after a certain number and it will be available in your popit but when clicking it will say you do not own the DLC. (the Marvel DLC doesnt have this problem). Meanwhile on regular LBP Vita version you can use all of the DLC no problem (in my knowledge).

r/vita 59m ago

All I get when I plug it in is one blink 🤷🏽‍♂️

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r/vita 1h ago

Question 3ds, vita or switch lite for backpacking?


I'm going backpacking around Europe in a week for 6 months and I want to bring one of the consoles but not sure which one to bring. The vita and 3ds are both moded so they have basically the entire library of games available, whereas the switch is not however I still have a large amount of games on it including big AAA titles like Witcher 3, Skyrim, Doom, bioshock and more and some jrpgs and indie aswell. Basically there is a lot more variation with games for me to play on switch than vita and 3ds. After the library of games to play the next biggest decider is the form factor. They are all pretty similar in size however the vita in a case can easily fit in my pocket whereas the switch lite in a case cannot and the 3ds in a case is probably just a bit to big as it is the XL model. Lastly I'll only really be playing when on planes, trains and buses and when I'm tired out from drinking most nights and would just prefer to stay in bed occasionally. What do you guys think I should bring? PS have asked in each consoles sub

r/vita 1h ago

Question Is there any gruesome creepy vn’s?


I’ve already played all the danganronpa games and zero escape games so was wondering if there’s any other just creepy vibes with gruesome parts in it.

r/vita 1d ago

Thought this game was on vita, was/is it not?

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r/vita 5h ago

Update on psvita: The owner of the repair shop said “it’s water damage”. I’ve had this psvita straight out of the box new never dropped water on it. He literally told he didn’t know what the problem was so now I have to figure it out myself.


r/vita 5h ago

Help My vita keeps turning off?


Alright, when I turn my vita on it goes through with the boot but after the warning screen, the screen goes black and the PS button blinks blue 5 times. This has been happening for over a week. Can anyone help me

r/vita 6h ago

Question Is the vn raging loop still on the vita?


r/vita 7h ago

What does that number at the bottom mean? And also, why is some of the writing in a different language to where I’m from?

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r/vita 1d ago

Question Am I the only one who uses their Vita as an Alarm Clock ?


Thanks to "Wake-up club " app, my Vita just acts as a digital wake up alarm. It also got achievement trophies , interaction with other users and other cool features.

r/vita 15h ago

About third party batteries for Vita 1000


My current battery shows 91% health and 210 cycles. I want to have another one.

There are a lot of them on Aliexpress. Is there any difference between these brands?

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Anyone using?

r/vita 11h ago

Problems on vita cord


I’ve just got vita cord and I keep getting error code 400 upon trying to sign in, I did some research and it said to enable 2FA, then I did but I’m still getting the error code 400.

r/vita 1d ago

Question How many of you guys have brought your psvita back from the dead? What was the issue? How did you fix it?


r/vita 1d ago

Discussion Any good reason getting an OLed? I already have 2000.


Saw a 1000 pop-up on my local facebook market, looks mint. But already i'm happy with compact 2000 with mods. Do OLED give differences in game play experience? Anything i should look out before picking an OLED from local seller?

r/vita 1d ago

Question Where can I get a brand-new sealed UK 32gb memory card for the Vita?


I’m not planning on modding my Vita anytime soon, is there anywhere I can get a sealed 32GB card? Heard that they’re of volatile nature so I want to make sure I get one that doesn’t have many cycles on it to lengthen it’s lifespan. I saw the Japanese ones but I wondered if they’ll work on the Vita. I like my things packaged in English PAL boxes though due to my OCD lol.

r/vita 1d ago

Question Games that use L2/R2?


Just bought a grip after a year of fumbling with the back touchpad, and I really do regret not getting one sooner. What are some games that make good use out of the triggers?

r/vita 23h ago

Question a LEGO game question


Is the Vita LEGO games the same/similar to the 3DS version of LEGO games? I know the 3DS version differ from mainline consoles quite a bit to the point its just inferior.

r/vita 1d ago

Help List of Japanese Exclusives


Trying to find a list of Vita games that never left for Japan but I just keep finding top 10 games and list like that. Does any know where I can get a list or should I just use Wikipedia?

r/vita 2d ago

Question Is there any guide to get all the trophy's?(Persona 4 golden)?


This game has too many things to do and I would like to follow a step by step guide to get all the trophies, especially the missable ones, does anyone know any guide that says what I have to do to 100%?

r/vita 2d ago

Discussion What are some Interactive Point n click Movie on PSVITA?


Basically ive been binge playing all telltale games post Walking dead season 1 and i am planning on replay the three telltale titles that are on psvita but are there any similar games on psvita?

For instance, there is that fahrenheit indigo prophecy port by Rinne which runs great and that other official game called Broken Age, you get the point. 😁

r/vita 2d ago

Help PS vita reboots and turns off by itself


Hey guys, i found a cheap PS Vita for 50€ on a second hand website. The seller says that the console hasn’t been used for a long time and now the consoles turns off and reboots by itself. The console uses the stock firmware and it’s a FAT model.

Any solutions? should i just go for it and buy it?

r/vita 2d ago

Question is there a way to download minecraft on the vita?


r/vita 3d ago

Discussion Crossplay


So I know yall probably are veterans but I'm just discovering the crossplay (cross save?) games. It is SO FREAKING COOL to be playing a game on the vita, save, then pick it up right where I was on my ps4. Kinda wish more games had this feature. Currently I'm playing ffx on both consoles, the only other one I have experienced it with was WOFF....hmmm. Maybe it's a Final Fantasy thing mainly? Which brings me to this question dear reader. What cross play games are on your systems that aren't ffx or WOFF? What else could I be missing out on? Suggestions anyone?

r/vita 2d ago

I want to buy some PS Classics, please offer your suggestions for these genres


Note: I like to play in short bursts. I haven't played most PS Classic games, so consider me an open book. I just don't want suggestions that are your typical big blockbusters, unless they're exceptional. For instance, the Metal Gear series for PlayStation or Mario for Nintendo aren't what I'm looking for, but Castlevania: Symphony of the Night catches my eye.

SHMUP: I like nice artwork, it doesn't need to be the hardest game in the world. I want a decent challenge though.

RPG: I like sprites and good stories with a nice hook in gameplay. Radiant Historia is a perfect example of gameplay that changes and has a nice hook for me, and the story is unique. I like to keep these around 20 hours or less though. I take forever to beat these, as I play in bursts.

Other: Idk what to put here, just give me some must play before you die games.