If you found your way here you most probably just recieved a Vita with lower firmware and don't know what to do, right? To update or not to update! If you want to learn more on how to stay and survive on an older firmware, this guide is for you!
Everything from activating, linking, getting new content and manually updating will be covered here.
Some facts first:
On a lower firmware you can't connect to the PSN, sync trophies, play online and so on! So depending on what is more important to you, you'll need to decide for yourself if you want to stay or update. If you decide to stay on a lower firmware the most important things to have are a PS3 system, as its currently the only way for you to get new content and the custom content manager QCMA.
Currently the best 'golden' firmware to be on is FW 3.18 to make use of almost all hacks and tricks. Why that you ask? Go see yourself..
What you can do on lower FW:
What you can't do on lower FW:
- activate and link to a PSN account
- connect to PSN
- update games
- sync trohies
- use friends or messages
- play online
..and everything else you could normally do
- play games that need a specific firmware to run
How to avoid the forced update on the first-time-setup
In the first time setup skip the PSN login to bypass the autoupdate. You can now proceed with the next step to link your PSN account and activate the Vita..
How to activate and link a PSN account
Note: The following steps are manual solutions! If you follow the next topic-tutorial on how to get content on the vita it will be automatically linked and activated afterwards!!
How to link a PSN account
1) Power of the Vita completely
2) Access the Recovery Menu by pressing and holding: HOME + POWER + R-TRIGGER
3) Restore the PS Vita System
4) Set up your PSN account in the initial setup
How to activate the vita
Since you can't activate the Vita by itself you will need to copy any content from a PS3 System to the Vita with the same PSN account