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


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254 Responses

  1. derek says:

    easy…the ps logo goes to the front….it wont fit easely if plugged the other side…..
    first edition of the psvita and never had this problem…it’s a big complain about something that only requires to check where is the logo on the cable…

    • wololo says:

      Funny how so many people accept such an obvious flaw as if it was “ok”, from one of the biggest hardware manufacturers in the world. If Sony was a random Chinese company and this was some sort of cheap tablet, I wouldn’t complain.

      I think the main reason I’m getting so many “why do you complain” comments is because the problem has been fixed for the US/EU release

      • Aces says:

        Hey wol, i got a jap release just to get it before the australian release date.
        Do you find that when you charge and play at the same time, the controls start tripping out and the vita starts doing random shit?
        Or is that just mine?

      • VoidKeeper says:

        @wololo I got a EU Vita, it’s not a launch model and I had this problem with it.

        @derek That doesn’t make the slot and plug any less badly designed, if if fits the wrong way it’s badly designed end of story, the fact that the logo is there to guide you doesn’t make it ok for the plug to be incorrectly plugged in, if I wrecked my PSVita and they blamed me for not noticing the logo I would flip out! It would be like if I bought one of those baby toys with the shapes and the holes and some shaped would fit in the wrong holes, you just don’t DO that!

      • StepS says:

        wololo, I got a european vita and it happens for me as well :)

      • derek says:

        didn’t knew this wasn’t on the EU/US release…and you’re right

  2. Sambo says:

    That’s just plain stupidity. I have the launch day Vita and not once have I ever encountered this problem. It clearly only goes in one way.
    The opposite side appears forced and could possibly damage the connectors!

  3. Redsabre says:

    Does anybody know where to find ps vita isos or roms?

  4. Redsabre says:

    Has anybody try going into C:\Users\”username”\Documents\PS Vita\APP\3f029c9f3b43f84d and dragging that file for putting it up online. instead using ISO.

  5. Redsabre says:

    Just to say in my older comment that it worked for me.

  6. Redsabre says:

    Ok just to confirm that this only for digital downloads.

  7. shagrath says:

    I never read the manual so I never knew about the logo thing.
    I am a bit delicate in handling my new gadgets so I look at the plug before inserting it every time(like what you do with a USB cables).
    I believe it really is a flaw in the design. Memory cards etc. also have visual indicators but I believe they will never get in the wrong way. I will prolly get an OCD if I have to make sure about those things every time too.

  8. ASD says:

    I have a question .. but you couldn’t create an app (with a leak) with playstation Mobile Development Program. And then through this application hack the ps vita ??
    sorry for my English

  9. Klowned says:

    Hey don’t read n1nurt4 in through the Comment Box

  10. bronz_sword says:

    has anyone noticed that uno is STILL on us psn?

  11. zoraktorok says:

    Hey, guess what? My vita has been shipped off again… this time due to either the power port or the internal battery I’m guessing the battery , thing can be charged for 16 hours and have about half charge that lasts 30 minutes… NYKON battery grip won’t charge it fast enough. Second one I’ve had so a 8 month lifespan with no way of opening it up to change it means its going to be 120 per service call after the first year..

    btW, i tried 2 diffrent usb cables ( frontwards and back):->
    USB power suply off/on
    Plugged to pc/ps3/power
    NKYON battery grip
    Format system.

    Oh well, I guess i’ll get another NEW one and get to set it up as well…. just better have 2.02 on it :->

  12. Inali says:

    I have two launch day 3G vita’s, and I *tried* plugging in the USB cable upside down. Doesn’t fit. You people are clearly shoving it in with excessive force and breaking it!

    • Inali says:

      Launch day NTSC-U, USA model!

      • VoidKeeper says:

        No, we’re not, look into your slot, is it a perfect rectangle with the pins in the middle, if so, refer to your plug and see that it’s a PERFECT rectangle, there’s some grooves on the plug, but not on the slot, there’s NOTHING preventing the plug from being put in it reversed. At least not on my PSVita there isn’t.

  13. ragna says:

    i cant even plug in the USB cable backwards… i dont know if sony revised the vita (i have the white one from the ac3 bundle) but there are 3 grooves on the plug where i can only plug it in one way (the correct way)

  14. VoidKeeper says:


    This shit is annoying as hell, I HATE it with a passion. First time it happened I panicked and thought I might’ve broken the cable slot, because I didn’t notice it was going in wrong until half-way in and then it got slightly stuck, luckily I pulled it out without any damage, but can you imagine if I would’ve broken my Vita’s ONLY WAY TO CHARGE because of this horrible design???? I mean, USB slots can’t be damaged if it’s turned the wrong way, in fact, unless you try to hammer it in it’s not going to damage the slot. The OLD iPod docks ( I have no experience with the new ones), have the slot in such a way that if you try to put it in backwards it’s exactly like the USB, what happens is that the plastic parts on the slot and the plug just bump into each other, no damage possible (unless of course, you try to hammer it in!). This could’ve been easily solved by two plastic prongs that bump into the plug unless it’s turned the right way, there isn’t even really a need for a two way system. I love the Vita’s design, it’s actually really well designed, how the heck did they fail a simple plug so badly?

  15. felly117 says:

    I got a PS vita at launch in Japan and this happens to me all the time.

  16. Yamiroqaou says:

    I don´t think so, actually it seems the best for me…

  17. Josh says:

    lol i do this all the time it sucks when u do it to charge it just to find out the next day its still dead and u cant take it out with u…. -_-

  18. wtf says:

    proprietaty usb designs ftw? nope

  19. Sakuryu says:

    Got mine from eBay, zero problems so far :P

  20. Aardy says:

    Ive never plugged it in upside down before. BUT I do hate how the plug is on the bottom of the unit. I want it up on the top, so I can plug it in and play at the same time. With the plug on the bottom, either the cord is bent in a 180 degree angle, or the cord is running between my legs. To me, that is the worst part of the design.

  21. Erik says:

    I hate the fact that when the battery runs out, you cant just plug in and keep playing. rather, you need to first charge the thing for a few minutes…

  22. Edzo says:

    ive never put it backwards. the logo makes it very difficult to put in wrong imo. never checked on my japanese vita as i just use the same u.s launch cable

  23. t3 says:

    Initially I don’t think this can be done but as with all little connectors surrounded by thin flexible metal shields. over time the shield loosens allowing the hack job key grooves to fit where they shouldn’t.

    1st moron that says I forced it gets the dunce award because I fix computers for a living & know better. Had this been a standard mini or micro USB connector we’d not be having this conversation. Hell if they had at least key notched a solid corner it’d be better than this kludge.

  24. n1nurt4 says:

    Hey, don’t track mud in through the kitchen.

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