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February 24, 2012 // 2:26 pm - Sony Senior Social Media Specialist Sid Shuman has unveiled nine tips and tricks for next-generation handheld gamers below today!

To quote: If you've picked up PS Vita then you've probably been too busy plowing through the dense launch line-up to have spent much time browsing the Settings menu.

Luckily, you don't need to - we've spent plenty of time with PlayStation's new crown jewel and we've put together a few favorite tips and tricks we wanted to share. Of course, this is just a start: We want your tips, too!

If you've discovered any favorite PS Vita functions, please share them in the comments for all to enjoy this weekend.

1. Order in the court! By now, you've probably figured out how to move your game and app bubbles around the Home Menu by pressing and holding one using the front touchscreen, enabling you to drag it around into different frame.

You can even change the background color or image by tapping the theme icon in the bottom right of each frame. Get creative and design your own background images (which you can transfer to your PS Vita via PS3) like James Gallagher from the EU PlayStation Blog did here.

2. Let there be light. You can adjust your PS Vita's OLED screen brightness mid-game without the hassle of jumping into the Settings menu. Just hold the PS button to bring up a quick-access menu that enables you to adjust brightness and your custom music options. Wanna listen to the soundtrack to Armageddon while carving through Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus? Don't miss a thing, baby.

3. Call for backup. Let's face it: electronic devices have an uncanny affinity for toilets. We can't prevent that, but we can help ensure you don't lose your precious saved game data. Simply connect your PS Vita to your PS3 via the USB cable, open up the Content Manager on your PS Vita, and select the the Back Up option to back up all your PS Vita's game data and gain a little extra peace of mind.

4. Say cheese! PS Vita comes equipped with a simple but game-changing new feature: The ability to snap screenshots of your in-game exploits. Just press the PS button and Start at the same time:

You'll see a white flash and hear the snap of a camera shutter and the resulting image will be saved and neatly categorized in your Photos gallery. You'll be able to take screenshots in the vast majority of games, though not every game.

5. Prettier PSP games. PS Vita currently supports more than 275 legacy digital PSP games and more are on the way. You can also improve the way those lower-resolution PSP games look on the PS Vita's screen by pressing and holding the front touchscreen to bring up a Settings menu where you can activate several options.

Checking "bilinear filtering" and "color space" seems to yield consistently smoother results, but experiment with your PSP games to find your favorite combination.

6. Slip into something more comfortable. PS Vita enables you to adopt a custom panel to add a little flair to your PSN presence. To change your PSN panel, navigate to Settings, PSN, Account Information, and Panel to choose from a wide assortment of artwork from first and third-party games.

7. Remote Play renaissance. Ever wish you could log into your PS3 remotely to access a video or initiate a PlayStation Store download? This handy feature isn't technically new – it was supported on PSP – but thanks to PS Vita's monstrous OLED screen and more powerful processors, it's more useful than ever.

Protip: Remote Play is compatible with any PSone games you may have on your hard drive, along with a handful of classic PSN games such as PixelJunk Monsters, PixelJunk Eden, and Peggle.

8. Bluetooth bliss. PS Vita supports high-quality stereo Bluetooth for audio output, so if you've got a nice pair of Bluetooth headphones (ahem), you can pipe in your game audio without restricting wires.

In the Settings menu, touch Network and Bluetooth Settings and you'll be able to pair your headphones to your new PS Vita. If you get stuck on the pairing code, try "0000." If that doesn't work, check the manual that came with your headphones (or look it up online) to find the proper four-digit code. Now enjoy a better life - a life without wires!

9. Silence is golden. Some people like soft jazz, others prefer silence. If you want to turn off PS Vita's toe-tappin' menu music, you'll find the option in Settings > Sound & Display > System Music. While you're there, you'll notice an AVLS option. This limits the maximum volume when using headphones - perfect if you share your PS Vita with a little one.

Sony Unveils Nine PlayStation Vita Tips and Tricks for Gamers

Sony Unveils Nine PlayStation Vita Tips and Tricks for Gamers

Sony Unveils Nine PlayStation Vita Tips and Tricks for Gamers

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#15 - moja - February 27, 2012 // 2:03 pm
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Quote Originally Posted by GrandpaHomer View Post
Yep - I've posted this a few months back - you can do the most of the function also in the Settings / Format submenu.

Yeah I noticed this too, kinda disappointing. Was hoping for some really cool stuff, but I could see it being useful in the future when someone reports they borked their unit somehow. Probably a failsafe for Sony tech support over the phone.

#14 - VeSituma - February 27, 2012 // 11:07 am
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but i dont think these tricks rock as much.

#13 - GrandpaHomer - February 27, 2012 // 8:43 am
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Yep - I've posted this a few months back - you can do the most of the function also in the Settings / Format submenu.

#12 - moja - February 26, 2012 // 2:36 am
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You can enter a hidden service mode by powering off the unit fully (holding power), then powering on while holding R trigger, the PS button, and the power button until the service menu appears. Useful for formatting the memory stick, restoring the database, restoring the Vita to factory defaults, and a little more.

#11 - elser1 - February 26, 2012 // 12:05 am
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another tip.. if you recently purchased one of these and aren't happy, quick go get a refund.. LOL

#10 - Transient - February 25, 2012 // 12:56 am
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Dense launch line-up, are you kidding me? The launch line-up is incredibly sparse IMO.

#9 - SNaHHaN - February 25, 2012 // 12:42 am
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Another tip not mentioned in the article:

To quickly mute your PS Vita, press the Volume Up and Volume Down buttons at the same time for a second.

#8 - HeyManHRU - February 25, 2012 // 12:14 am
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You can make any PS3 game compatible with remote play by editing the Param.sfo file. It's not that hard to do.

#7 - owanef - February 25, 2012 // 12:09 am
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OK SONY LISTEN UP, what is up with remote play. this is the main reason why most people buy the thing, to play ps3 games on the go. I CAN'T BELIEVE YOU GUYS ARE GONNA LET THE HACKERS BEAT YOU AT YOUR OWN GAME.

Battlefield 3 on vita is working great by a hacker. MAKE ALL PS3 GAME COMPATIBLE.

#6 - Nabnab - February 25, 2012 // 12:09 am
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I don't call the multitask a next-gen portable gaming, the multitask is available on smartphone already for few years now.
You can launch game and put on pause, back to the interface use something else better than the PS Vita.

The PS Vita can't launch all the stuff after put pause, for example, you can't launch the web navigator, you can't launch another program, etc... only the setting yes but is not big deal