It’s not uncommon for PlayStation 3 owners to set up multiple PlayStation Network accounts, particularly if they’re interested in purchasing content outside of their region or setting up an alternate account for a friend or family member. Strangely, it looks like you won’t be able to do that with the PlayStation Vita.
NeoGAF forum member mehdi_san recently attended a PlayStation Vita demo event in Osaka, where Sony staffers handed out flyers with launch information. In the FAQ included on the flyer, mehdi_san says it states that only one PlayStation Network ID can be registered on your PlayStation Vita at a time.
In order to use a different account, the note reads, you’ll have to reformat your PlayStation Vita back to factory settings, and then set up a new account or recover an old one from there.
The PlayStation Vita’s game discs are not region locked, but this essentially means that digital content on the PlayStation Network will be region locked, unless you’re willing to back up your data and reformat your PlayStation Vita every time you want to switch accounts.
So if you were planning on sharing your PlayStation Vita with a friend, well, you better get used to sharing your PlayStation Network account as well. That, or you’ll have to buy another Vita.
PlayStation Network IDs aren’t the only thing limited on the PlayStation Vita. Andriasang reported over the weekend that, contrary to previous reports, you won’t be able to use the PlayStation Vita’s web browser while playing a game. For more on that, click here.
The PlayStation Vita launches in Japan on December 17 followed by a North American and Europe release on February 22, 2012.