Sony Computer Entertainment development head Yoshio Matsumoto discusses technical issues revolving around the PlayStation Vita in a recent interview.
The interview goes into depth on how the PlayStation Vita was developed for multitasking because of the high degree of network integration with the device. When talking about space and general applications, it’s been noted that the applications can be made to run simultaneously with a game. Applications include Twitter, Near and the web browser.
Apps will not be given priority over games, so there won’t be any negative effect. The system’s web browser is Webkit based. When asked about whether the PlayStation Vita will support Flash, Matsumoto said “At the present time, I will give a No Comment“. We’ll assuming by the recent comment, that it won’t support the much needed Flash that is vital in more recent technology gadgets. The PlayStation Vita can be used as a remote play device to play back recorded videos from PS3’s torne DVR kit.
Regarding the system’s Near app, which is used to share information with other players and get various stats about your current region. Matsumo confirmed that players can choose to turn this off or on. The system’s privacy settings allow you to share your information with friends, friends of friends, etc. The PlayStation Vita does not always disclose whether you’re playing certain games. The PlayStation Vita has two 3G plans, NTT DoComo detailed is a 103 hour plan which costs ¥4,980. This will include 100 hours of 128 Kps data transfer. The other three hours are high speed, 14Mpbs upload and 5.7Mbps download. Players can choose how to use the two transfer speeds.
When it comes to the Memory cards for storage, the games can allocate space on their own cards for saving. If you want to purchase downloadable games, music and movies, you’ll need to purchase this specific memory cards instead of the generic options offered for PSP and this is because of security concerns Sony has. The PlayStation Vita has a built in app for transferring data between your PC and PS3. This is different from the PSP, where the controlling party was the PC or PS3, and the PSP was just a generic storage device.