The Playstation Vita’s system settings is opened via an application icon rather than buried in a system menu. This way you can have the application resident in memory and can easily switch to it on-the-fly. Below are the options available.
- Flight Mode
This toggles all communication on and off. It is really helpful that this is the first option, as you can quickly toggle this to help extend your system battery life.
- System Update
Searches Playstation Online for required firmware updates. Expect this to be a weekly event as Sony continues to battle piracy
This option lets you configure and connect to Wireless networks, connect Bluetooth devices, and test your Internet connection
- PlayStation Network
This lets you monitor and modify your personal Playstation Network account. From here you can edit your account information (name, preferences, and payment information). You can also change your Privacy and Facebook settings, such as publishing when you get a new trophy or downloaded a new game.
- Application Data Management
This option lets you manage saved game data from PSP games, or add-on content for Vita and PSP games.
- Sound and Display
You can adjust the screen’s brightnes level, Notifications and the menu’s background music. You can also toggle AVLS, which is a fancy work for automatically adjusting your headphone volume.
- Location Data
This option lets you enable or disable which applications have access to the Vita’s GPS.
You can adjust Parental Controls and Screen lock options from here.
- Date & Time
You can change your date and time, as well as the Time Zone, date and time format (unlike Nintendo’s forced 24-hour system), and even enable Daylight Savings time
Not only can you change your default system language, you can modify input settings like Auto Capitalization, and predictive text entry
This is where a lot of meta information is stored. You can display the system’s current version, which applications will auto-start, whether the system will charge via USB, error history, and legal notices.
Not only can you completely format your memory card and restore your system back to defaults, but you can clear the learning dictionary and start screen image.
On the next page we look at the pre-installed applications…