PS Vita Will Allow Multiple PSN Accounts, As Long As You Like Buying Memory Cards

Last week we caught wind of a post on NeoGAF that suggested players would have to do a factory reset of their PS Vita in order to change the PSN account associated with it. Quite the inconvenience for those who own multiple accounts, and many saw it as a move on Sony's part to enforce the consumption of region-specific DLC and game releases.

It looks like Wired was finally able to get a straight answer from Sony (unlike the previous "clarification" we received). According to Crystal MacKenzie, a brand manager for Sony, it's each memory card, not PS Vita device, that will be locked to a particular PSN account. The factory reset comes in if you want to change the account that's bound to a card, but, to swap accounts, all you have to do is change cards.

Here is the direct quote:

"Your PSN ID is bonded to your memory card and your memory card is bonded to your Vita," MacKenzie said. "So if you wanted to change different PSN users but use the same memory card, you would need to go factory reset."

I can't say I quite understand the logic behind having to do a factory reset of the device to alter the contents of a memory card — it may have something to do with using a unique hardware ID to sign the cards — but this is good news. Not great, as you'll have to buy multiple cards if you want to easily jump accounts. Considering the cards are proprietary, it won't exactly be cheap.

Vita Will Allow Multiple PSN Accounts, Sony Says [Wired, thanks Pariah]


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    If the "memory card is bonded to your Vita", does that mean that you'll need to reformat it if you buy a new handheld (e.g. if the first one dies)?

      “Your PSN ID is bonded to your memory card and your memory card is bonded to your Vita,” MacKenzie said.
      “So if you wanted to change different PSN users but use the same memory card, you would need to go factory reset.”

      If you got the same memory card it will probily work

        I'd expect the memory card to just work if they had just said "your PSN ID is bonded to your memory card". But if they're saying the memory card is also bonded to the device, it makes me wonder if the card can be transferred between handhelds.

        If it is anything like the way hard drives in PS3s are handled, then each device will have a unique encryption key and they won't be able to read each other's media.

    Fucking heck, sony has really been dog the last few years, I thought they were a cool company.
    I hope someone will hack the VITA for allowing things such as saving onto the vita, and more psn accounts per card.

    I can't afford to buy a card for each account.

    A nice improvement. I was only planning on using my AU account, but it looks like I'll also be buying a 4gb card for my US account.

    I think this is good. It allows multiple cards while it protects developers from say having someone share their ID around to have your psn games downloaded on another persons vita to avoid buying there game and the like.

    ... So you still have to factory reset each time, but you just dont lose all your data on the memory cards? Still sound like a very minor win...but a win I guess.

      No... from the way I read the article, at least, you just swap the cards to swap accounts I.e. you'd have one card for your Australian account, one for your US account, etc, and just plug in the card for the account you want to use. You only need the factory reset if you want to change between accounts using a single card.

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