So I had my VITA for three weeks now and all I can say is that it is worth the money! Seriously, I can do a lot of things with it, making it not only a gaming handheld console but also a portable entertainment system. I already made a review about the VITA so I won’t go into the details regarding the strengths of the VITA and it’s powerful hardware and stuff like that. What I would like to focus on right now is one of the “services” offered in the VITA.
This “service” is known as the PlayStation “Near”. According to Sony:
“Near” is the social networking app on the PS Vita that allows you to check into real life locations and pick-up and or leave gifts for other gamers to find and use in their games. You can also locate and connect with your PlayStation Network friends and other gamers nearby. With near you can check out which games are the most popular and highest rated by fellow gamers near your location.
Through near your location can be calculated through WiFi hotspots or in 3G models, with the use of GPS technology which is an exclusive capability of the 3G model. Be the first to find these valuable game gifts by logging into near via 3G and not waiting to get a WiFi hotspot.
Basically, that’s the gist of it. It’s a pretty cool app, but you can have problems having your location data obtained, which can make you frustrated (especially if you want to use all the services that the VITA has to offer).
The common problem with “Near” is the “location data cannot be obtained” error. No one’s really sure why this error is popping up, Sony’s giving us the silent treatment with it, only stating that they are “working on it” (and they’ve been pretty much saying that since the launch of the VITA in the US). This can be caused to a wrong setting on your part but, if you’ve already set up your VITA the right way (allowing location data to be accessed and sent, no parental settings or parental settings setup right, and stuff like that) and you’re wondering why the heck you’re still getting that error, then you may want to register your WiFi spot with SkyHook.
I know, it’s a hassle and it can take days to a week (or two weeks) for your WiFi hotspot to be registered with SkyHook and for location data to be easily obtained but, until the time Sony fixes this problem–whether through their servers or with the upcoming April Firmware update, fixing the aforementioned error would have to include registering your hotspot.
You can learn more about registering your hotspot by heading to this link: For Vita Users