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PS Vita: 20 Pro user tech tips

Go beyond gaming with your PS Vita...

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11. Maximise battery life

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You need to get aggressive if you want to milk an extra half hour from Vita's battery. You get about four hours from a regular game, but can raise that to 4.5hrs or more if you turn off Wi-fi and 3G, then lower the brightness. Remember, Wi-Fi and 3G still run when Vita is in sleep mode.

12. Make new friends of strangers

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Activate Near when you first turn on, but set your privacy options carefully. With Near you can see who's playing Vita within a ten-mile radius, snoop on what they're playing and quietly share data - time trial ghosts in Ridge Racer, for instance - if you pass them in the street. And they can do it to you...

13. Bring Vita back to life!

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There's a bug in the current firmware that prevents Vita from waking up from sleep mode. You have two solutions - either wait for the battery to drain completely then recharge it, or hold the power button down for twenty seconds. This forces a hard reset. Then just power on as normal.

14. Use PS3 properly

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Vita doesn't have enough buttons to play full PS3 games, but hit the touchscreen in Remote mode and you get button mapping options - perfect. Select Option 3 - this sets i, R3 (the awkward push-stick-in one), L2 and L3 to the rear touch panel. Do it in preparation for the day Sony let you play some proper games remotely.

15. Improve remote play performance

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Remote Play works by sending inputs to PS3 and a video feed back. Picture quality can be set one notch above or below default; reducing it speeds up the response time, at the expense of quality.

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