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PS Vita: 20 Pro user tech tips

Go beyond gaming with your PS Vita...

It can't have escaped your notice that the PS Vita launches today in the UK and US, and if you want to know the full story be sure to check out our updated PS Vita review, plus our special review feature which gives you the low down on every single PS Vita launch game.

For those who've already run down the shops and managed to get their hands on Sony's new handheld, these are our 20 pro user tech tips to take your Vita beyond gaming...

1. Save all your memories

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You can capture screenshots at any time by pressing the PS and Start buttons simultaneously,
but it won't work in every game. It's enabled in Uncharted, for instance, but Capcom chose to disable it in Marvel vs. Capcom 3.

2. Customise LiveArea

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Tap and hold any icon in Vita's LiveArea to delete the app - if it's one Sony will let you delete - or
to change the background colour. All ten pages can be themed with different colours.

3. Break into the Japanese store

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Access the Japanese PlayStation store for Japan-only demos by creating a Japanese PSN account. You need a legit address and postcode, so why not try Sony Computer Entertainment Inc, Minami-Aoyama, Tokyo, 107-0062?

4. Get online anywhere, without 3G

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PSP could rob our smartphone's 3G by connecting with Bluetooth, but there's no Bluetooth tethering for Vita. No problem if you have a Samsung Galaxy S2 or iPhone 4S, though - smartphones are gradually beginning to support Wi-Fi tethering.

5. Maximise your PSP gaming

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Tap the touchscreen when playing a PSP game on Vita to bring up options for image filtering and tweaks for the colour tone. More importantly, this is where you can map the PSP's face buttons or d-pad to Vita's right stick, instantly turning Monster Hunter or Peace Walker into a true twin-stick game.

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