(Video) PS Vita’s USB, the worst design ever?

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254 Responses

  1. pSnDeaofly says:

    I just don’t have this issue, I got my Vita in June for my birthday and plugging the plug in upside down is a no go. It just WONT GO IN UPSIDE DOWN?!?! It really must be older units cause my unit stops the plug from being inserted the wrong way.

  2. IgnusArmagadan says:

    The first time I ever plugged my Vita up to the charger, it died because I had it in the Vita the wrong way. I totally agree!! Terrible design.

  3. man_of_power05 says:

    um…other cable types have to be plugged in the right way. its not a big deal. it won’t even go in upside down. if you try to force it, it might damage the vita, the cable, or both.

  4. Romu says:

    I watched the video and I laugh again xD It’s like me as each time i wanna plug this awesome USB cable :)

  5. TheDeadlyTwo says:

    Interestingly enough, it appears that it’s absolutely impossible to place the charger cable into the WHITE PS Vita backwards. I tried intentionally after seeing this and just couldn’t get it to fit in there.

    I guess they figured out the possibility of doing this and fixed it when they started releasing the AC3 bundle.

  6. HerperOfManyDerps says:

    Lol actually I haven’t plugged it in wrong yet ’cause I just look for the little logo first, but then again I can’t put it in wrong since I have the white Vita and I’d have to really force it in

  7. Mikudayo says:

    Hmm well there’s a reason why the dock exists, it helps to connect the vita on an easy way, its miserable 10 bucks and it comes with a line out direct, why suffer plugin the vita in the air.

  8. GuitaristMatt says:

    It doesn’t charge very well through the PS3 either

  9. Slimjim3k says:

    I wonder if it would be possible to hard mod a Mini USB port on this thing like how you could mod an original xbox for using thumb drives on it.

  10. TheSpillmonkey says:

    I have a release date vita (USA), and it really only fits one way. There are small guide tabs on the cable that fit with grooves on the vita itself. It probably COULD fit the other way if i forced it, but there is easily enough resistance to know “don’t do that”.. on my unit anyway.

  11. Red says:

    Come on, guys. It’s not hard. The cord doesn’t go in very easily when it’s upside down. Even in the video. At the end. He had to like, force it in. His hands shook as he was doing it.
    Maybe I’m the only one in the word that DOESN’T have issues with this? >_>

  12. neil says:

    I use a dock so I run into no problems haha

  13. Tonch says:

    I never had a problem with this really– I always notice the “PS” logo on the top of the connector, so I don’t think I’ve ever put it in backwards. As far as I remember, anyway.

  14. Bob says:

    never happens to me

  15. Tony says:

    Holy crap Wololo. I came here for the Vita stuff, stayed here for the articles and Wagic. Thanks my friend.

  16. Bronze_sword says:

    I got the 1st edition middle in america, I pulls the usb in and you have to put a little force to make out go in upside down

  17. ray says:

    Whaaaaat? is it possiable to plug it upside down? haven’t notice that yet
    u must be use the CMA very often, so that the socket getting lose.

    and Thank u for ur effort for homebrew&anything on PSVITA

  18. Mars says:

    I’ve never had that problem. Can’t plug the cable in upside down at all in mine.

  19. Chozzehnwahn says:

    I hav a first edition vita and i do that all the time. Its quite annoying actually

  20. Lightning says:

    Clearley the guy in the video is a dumbass, just insert the cable with the ps symbol facing up it really isn’t that hard…hope this guy damages his vita’s charging port and when he breaks it he’ll be regretting doing this to the vita, just sayin

    • fingloi_x3 says:

      I agree with you,
      the video speaks to itself…
      sometimes wololo is a dumbass…
      he should know the reason why sony put its logo on only 1 side of the cable.

  21. Frank says:

    Check the logo dude… You’re the only one having that problem I believe or you’re always plugging your PS Vita in the dark :)

  22. yeah yea says:

    ive also remembered one time that i have charge my vita when the light was turned off, i didnt realized that the cable was been inserted in the wrong way thus the vita was not charge by morning, lol

  23. Lawthugg says:

    feel for the logo. even a blind man can feel the logo!

    “Charlie Brown voice”… GOOD GRIEF!!!

  24. bcrew1375 says:

    Strange, I got my Vita on the US launch day (February 22nd), but the back of the USB cable has the corners and middle jutting out slightly to prevent it being plugged in backwards.

  25. Theredbaron says:

    My problem is that it is on the bloody bottom. I play when I lie down, alot. And if I charge as well I run the risk of ruining the cord, as they shouldn’t be bent. I think that is a serious flaw. Put it on top, or make the plug 90°.

  26. nico says:

    Is there any difference between different version? I wonder… I’m in north America.The Vita came out like few months late over here. Maybe they first lunched it in some countries with that kind of lack design? And fixed when in north America. Because the unit I got at the first released has no problem at all.

  27. kuagelo says:

    I think this one’s only for older units. I got mine on October last year, it won’t allow me to plug it upside down.

  28. konamigood says:

    That’s why Apple introduce Thunder connector
    LOL

  29. k3nn says:

    i would have to agree with wololo on this, it does seem to be able to plug in both ways, most of the connectors i know has only 1 way to be plugged in (hdmi, usb, et). this is a fail from Sony; they should have included a notch somewhere.my unit is from apr 2012

  30. Bromanbro says:

    The problem was only with Japanese first gen units. It was fixed by the NA release.

    • TelcoLou says:

      Uhm no. I had the same problem a couple of times; I noticed it wasn’t charging and said “WTF” several times until I switched it so the logo was facing up. NA version.

      My larger gripe is how EASILY the rubber sheathing splits; I had to get a new USB cord-section due to it splitting, als gripe-worthy: IT’S ON THE BOTTOM, and juts out really far, so I can’t charge it while playing in bed! >.<

  31. Veskgar says:

    I preferred the USB connection on top of the PSP. I often use the PS Vita while its got the USB plugged in and its a little awkward. Just a small gripe really. Overall, I’m pleased with the design.

  32. wraddek says:

    haha, I always just make sure that the “ps” logo is facing up to avoid this problem

  33. suicidal_banana says:

    I dont have this issue either, though the connector does look pretty shoddy, i guess i could force it in upside down, but so far ive not had that happen yet.

  34. TioSolid says:

    Same problem here, this pisses me off so much too, but reading the previous comments it looks like a regional problem. I have a Japanese 3G Vita (like you do, probably) and the cable fits both sides. My friend has a brazillian model and the cable is blocked from fitting the wrong side

  35. ShogunzX9 says:

    Definitely depends on the regional type of connector…mine is only fitted one way….all in all, i have no problem with the cable ^_^

  36. mangbhoy says:

    Fortunately enough I don’t have this issue.
    That does suck.

    My Vita model is a PCH-1006

    • psvita-freak says:

      the the number 6 is a coutry code… my vita is an 1004, an dutch model… the 100 is the model type…
      At the psp you can see this too, the 100* version was a fat, the 200* was a slim, the 300* was an psp slim&light.

      (*=your coutry code)

  37. dem0n_uk says:

    when i got it out the box very first time having a vita in my hand i thought great the cable goes in both ways.

    But soon worked out it only charges or connects to ps3/pc plugged in one way.

    Now i look for the little playstation symbol on the connector before i shove it in.

  38. PS3 says:

    I want a good hack for the vita frostegater sucks i want dark_alex

  39. Dust Junky says:

    I still don’t uderstand why institutions like Sony use proprietary dock connections (like the Vita’s) only to directly connect it to USB??? Surly that makes no sense, why not just use a industry standard like mini or micro USB? Wouldn’t that make the overall production costs per unit cheap for the consumer as well?  

  40. whatever says:

    never had this issue

  41. dahui says:

    My US Vita purchased last March has a keyed USB slot and cable, so I haven’t had an issue plugging it in. It very well may be, as a previous commenter said, region specific.

  42. zorrodood says:

    you really have to force the plug in the hole to get it in upside down. it fits, but you should notice that it isn’t supposed to go this way.

    • wololo says:

      On my model it fits perfectly and I don’t feel any resistance whatsoever

      • Vitality777 says:

        Same here, no friction/resistance whatsoever. It just fits perfectly in both ways. My Vita is a very early (1 week after launch date) EU device (bought in the Netherlands).

  43. Klowned says:

    hi i have a little question when i try to run snes emulator on vita black screen and nothing after intro is it because i have rom in smc format or should i have them in zip file??

  44. loverali says:

    Mine can go upside down but with force.normally before using force i understand that I’m plugging it the wrong way.and just to be sure i look at the Sony logo.Actually i didn’t expect it from you.

    • wololo says:

      As it has been discussed several time, Launch JP models have a design flaw. I don’t have to force at all in order to plug it the wrong way. I also don’t want to have to think about it twice when I plug a cable.

  45. Mr Oh God says:

    Are you guys serious about this shit? Mobile phones are doing this for ages, same with the PSP. Yet you complain about something you fail to do. Jeez, what a bunch of dorkheads

  46. Vitality777 says:

    Besides the lack of good titles, this is the 1 thing that’s been bothering me since day 1. I always put the plug in upside down. I wonder how this could have slipped through the quality check. I just hope my port will never break because of this crappy design error.

  47. pessimist pete says:

    I’ve never plugged it in wrong. It takes all of 1-2 seconds to see where the PS logo is on to plug it in correctly.

  48. jesus says:

    i´m agree the worst of course

  49. DarkVolkaN says:

    It really works with my german April 2012 PSV too! You can really feel that it is hard to stick it in, but it fits both ways…

  50. trecenters says:

    Have already had to buy another for $17.99

    ENOUGH SAID!

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