Top critical review
8 people found this helpful
Another case of misselling
on 2 January 2013
Do not buy this product! Sony have decided not to tell customers that you must be over 18 to subscribe to the PS Plus. Only master account holders can use the code and download games. So if you bought a PS Vita for your underage child they cannot use it to access the store.
Remember, the PS Vita can only be registered to one user only at a time. So if your underage child has a PS Vita, they have to reset the system and sign in as a master account holder in the name of an adult before they can access PS Plus, which kind of defeats the object of having subaccounts attached to a master. In other words you need to be over 18 to own a PS Vita and use it without restriction.
No other console or handheld has this type of restriction. It's like Sony is letting you have a PS Vita on licence, even though you bought and paid for it with your own money. You cannot log into the same account on two different devices at the same time so if you have a PS3 and a Vita and are logged in. You cannot use the PS3 and PS Vita simultaneously.
The Vita itself is an illogical piece of kit, so powerful and versatile, but restrictive in allowing other users to use it. Just imagine if you had to swap sim cards before allowing your friend to use your mobile. This is Digital Rights Management gone mad. Sony got their fingers burnt by the hackers but they are alienating their paying customers with this paranoid obsession with only allowing one user per device.
Just imagine if everything in life was controlled by Sony. Want to take a Cab? Sorry, someone already used it today, your're gonna have to walk home. Family holiday? forget it, only one person can board the plane and he's the pilot! The Matrix is here and Sony is Mr Smith.
If you have a PS3 and you are over 18 then you can subscribe to PSN Plus and get the benefits. But if you have a handheld and are under 18 then don't let Sony rip you off. It's bad enough with the proprietary memory that is 5 times the price of an equivalent SD card, but this, this is the type of company policy that makes you wonder if they are deliberately trying to destroy the company. The company who were the market leaders 10 years ago with the playstation 2. Now losing marketshare daily to Microsoft Xbox and now I will not be recommending the Vita to anyone when they can get a tablet or smartphone with no restrictions on who can use it or what apps/games you can put on it. How the mighty have fallen, good luck to the Japanese getting out of the recession with their major companies in meltdown.