Vita 1.80: the hidden “features” we didn’t really need

As with every firmware update, firmware 1.80 comes with a few “features” we’d rather not have…

The first one is that the Content Manager Assistant (a tool invented by Satan himself, that he later gave directly to his close friends in the Sony business department) has been updated to enforce stricter rules on what files can and can’t be copied to and from the PS Vita, with the direct result of blocking VHBL, as I mentioned earlier here.

But that’s not the only bad surprise that comes with this firmware. The second one, and possibly more important for many players, is that you cannot use a single memory card for multiple accounts anymore. You thought switching accounts was a pain in the a## because you had to reset factory settings? Well, Sony managed to make it even more painful by forcing you to actually format your memory card every time you switch between accounts (for those who didn’t know: no, it wasn’t required before). What this means is that, if, like me, you have several accounts with games you actually purchased on each one of them, you will now need several memory cards, one per account, unless you want to go through the hassle of re-downloading all your games every time you switch accounts. Don’t you just love that feeling of being a milk cow? (Thanks to TheBudds for pointing that one out)

Yeah, Sony loves to hide Easter eggs in their firmware updates, but beware, everything that’s brown is not always made of chocolate… How about you, have you found some hidden “features” on the latest firmware that you’d rather not have?

  1. El Cut’s avatar

    Hi Wololo, first of all sorry for my english (not native), but this was a feature thas was there sinces the begining of the vita and is´t new, so all the sites about gaming are crying about it.

    I don´t like $ONY much as you and the way to exchange acounts without formating the memory was like a trick discover by some guy, this time they don´t do anything new.

    just saying.


    1. wololo’s avatar

      The problem is that most customers don’t read what is, or is not, supported. It dos not matter that Sony never said it would work, the thing is, it used to work, and many gamers lost some important data (savegames, etc…) because of this change, which is not reversible. Once they realized they were losing their data, there was no way to “go back”, or say “cancel”. People who had several accounts with savedata, on the same card, basically got screwed because of this one way or another.


  2. Dissapointed guy’s avatar

    Yeah I’ve found some unwanted features too like the “improvements” of the web browser that stopped PSVitaTubeDownloader script exploit to work. Also, before you could download videos from certain sites in the backround but since of the new update you can’t do that anymore. Instead your forced to wait and stare at the screen until the download finishes or you’ll get an error and you’ll have to start the whole download over again. Oh yeah, and they fucked up notifications too! This update just wasn’t worth it. More bad than good stuff.


  3. Minimur’s avatar

    I dont like how when you download a file from the browser it uses the whole screen rather than background downloading which is really annoying,i know it makes it download faster but tbh id rather wait another 2/5mins


  4. Dissapointed guy’s avatar

    Same with me to.


  5. Yol Morefi’s avatar

    Notice the new download system that sucks too much, I wish I could downgrade ma psV just for that.


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