Quick Start Guide
PCH-1001 / PCH-1101
Using your PlayStation®Vita system for the first time
Welcome to your PlayStation®Vita handheld entertainment system.
To use your PS Vita system, you need the following types of card media:
Some models of the PS Vita system come with card media included. Refer to the package for content details.
Before you insert or remove a memory card or SIM card, check that the power is off. This helps prevent data corruption or loss.
Insert the memory card.
Turn on your PS Vita system.
When turning on your system for the first time,
press and hold down the (power) button for
five seconds. When the power comes on, the
(PS) button will light up blue once.
If you need to charge the system, see
"Charging" on the back of this guide.
Begin to set up your PS Vita system.
To start making initial settings, peel the screen with your finger from the top right to the bottom left as
shown in the figure on the left.
Touch lightly and
then raise your finger
Slide while touching
Select your language, time
zone, and the date and time.
Drag lists of items to scroll and find your choice.
Tap an item to select it, and then tap [Next].
To scroll quickly, flick the list of items.
Link your PlayStation®Network
account to your PS Vita
If you already have an account
You need an Internet connection to link your
PlayStation®Network account to your PS Vita
system. Find a location where you can connect
to a Wi-Fi access point. If you cannot connect to
the Internet, you must set up your system as
explained in "If you do not have an account".
Tap [Yes, I do], [Use], and then tap [Next].
Connect to the Internet by selecting an
access point on the Wi-Fi settings screen.
Enter your PlayStation®Network account
information. Tap the text entry field, and then
enter text using the keyboard that appears.
Connecting to the Internet
When an Internet connection is required, your system automatically searches for Wi-Fi access points,
and then the Wi-Fi settings screen appears. For details about connecting to a Wi-Fi access point,
refer to the access point documentation or contact the service provider or person who set it up.
If you do not have an account
Set up your PS Vita system for trial use of PlayStation®Network services. To make full use of
PlayStation®Network features, you must sign up for a PlayStation®Network account.
Tap [No, I don't], and then tap [Next]. Follow the on-screen instructions.
Design and specifications are subject to change without notice.
Information about system functionality and images published in this document may vary from those for your
PS Vita system, depending on the system software version in use. Also, the illustrations and screen images
used in this guide may vary from the actual product.
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" " and "PlayStation" are registered trademarks of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
"", " " and "LIVEAREA" are trademarks of the same company.
"SONY" and " " are registered trademarks of Sony Corporation.
You need a compatible SIM card to access
a mobile network.
Memory card for the
This card stores applications downloaded
from PlayStation®Store, saved data from
games, and other content, including your
photos and music.
This card contains PlayStation®Vita format
software. For some games, the PS Vita
card also stores saved data and
PlayStation®Network offers great online features, such as shopping at PlayStation®Store and
communicating with friends.
Use these applications when you are connected to PlayStation®Network.
Find and download the latest
games and videos.
Discover what games friends
and players in the vicinity are
Chat with friends and other
players who use PS Vita
Access points found
Playing games and
learning in Welcome Park
In Welcome Park, have fun playing games
while learning the basic features of your PS
Test your touchscreen
skills with this
Create puzzles from
your photos and
After completing step 4, set up
your PS Vita system to use a
With a SIM card installed, the next step is to
set up your PS Vita system to use a mobile
network. Follow the on-screen instructions to
complete the settings.
To make these settings at a later time, after
completing initial setup, tap [Network
Operator] on the home screen.
Connecting to the Internet using a
If you cannot connect to a Wi-Fi access
point, close the Wi-Fi settings screen. The
system will instead use the mobile network.
Complete initial setup.
Tap [OK] to complete initial setup of your PS Vita system. An introductory video will play. If you
entered your PlayStation®Network account information in step 5, a PlayStation®Network sign-in screen
appears after the introductory video. Follow the on-screen instructions to sign in.
You can change settings later from (Settings) on the home screen.
You can access applications for the PS Vita system from the home
After completing step 1, insert the
Some models of the PS Vita system come
with the SIM card already installed. Refer to
the package for details.
SIM card slot cover
SIM card tray
Using the screen
When you tap the icon for an application on the home screen, the application's LiveArea™ screen appears.
On the LiveArea™ screen, tap the gate to start the application.
You can check the status of your PS Vita system on the info bar.
PS Vita system
Active applications Audio output status Remaining battery
When a notification or other new information
such as a message arrives, the (PS)
button lights up blue. Tap the notification
indicator to see the new information.
Insert the PlayStation®Vita card.
Your PS Vita card contains PS Vita format software. When the PS Vita card is inserted, the icon for the
game appears on the home screen.
Start the game.
On the home screen, tap the icon for the game. The LiveArea™ screen for the game appears. If you
are connected to the Internet, various details, such as the latest information about the game, appear
on the LiveArea™ screen.
Start playing the game.
Tap [Start] on the gate on the LiveArea™ screen.
Saving data for a game
How to save data depends on the game. For details, see the instructions for the game.
If you use the saved data on the memory card or the PS Vita card on a different PS Vita system, there
may be times when you cannot earn trophies or save the data. See the User's Guide for details about
saved data and trophies.
Pausing a game
Press the (PS) button to pause a game
and return to the LiveArea™ screen. To resume
playing the game, tap [Continue] on the
Removing the PS Vita card
PS Vita card slot cover
PS Vita card
PS Vita card (Front)
Press on the PS Vita card to release it, and then
remove the card.
Do not remove the PS Vita card when the
access indicator is blinking.
Standby mode and turning off the power completely
Turning off the screen while the application is still active (standby mode)
Press the (power) button.
To exit standby mode, press the (power) button again or press the (PS) button.
Turning the power off completely
Press and hold the (power) button for two seconds, and then tap [Power Off].
When turning on the system the next time, press and hold the (power) button for two seconds.
To charge your PS Vita system, connect it to a power source as shown in the diagram on the left.
While the system is charging, the (PS) button lights up orange. For details including approximate
charging times, refer to the User's Guide.
Supporting documentation for your PS Vita system
Contains precautions for the safe use of your PS Vita system,
system specifications, and service information.
Before using this product, carefully read the Safety Guide and
retain it for future reference.
For important disclosures, see the Safety Guide. For disclosures
about specific applications, tap or on the LiveArea™
screen for the application.
To read the User's Guide, tap [User's Guide] on the (Settings) LiveArea™
screen. An internet connection is needed to read the User's Guide.
You can also read the User's Guide on a PC by visiting the following website:
Support Website System Update Website
Visit the Support Knowledge Center for additional details and
technical information regarding your PS Vita system.
Visit the System Update website for information about PS Vita system
Start games and other applications from the home screen.
You can run multiple games and applications at the same time.
Displays the number of
home screen pages
Home screen LiveArea™ screen Application screen
Peel (close) PS button
Quitting a game
Press the (PS) button to return to the
LiveArea™ screen, and then peel the screen.
Downloading games from PlayStation®Store
PlayStation®Store has a wide variety of content you can't buy anywhere else, such as games,
including free trial versions of the latest releases, and game add-ons that make the games you
have even more fun to play. To use PlayStation®Store, you need a PlayStation®Network account,
an internet connection and a memory card.
PS Vita card (front)
PS Vita card slot cover
AC power cord
Insert with the
logo facing up