Vita firmware update 1.80 locks memory cards to one user account

Tuesday, 28th August 2012 14:26 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Vita firmware 1.80 ties memory cards to a single PSN account, according to a report on NeoGAF, which means users can no longer store data from multiple accounts on one memory card.

Those who try to switch accounts will be met with the following message:

The memory card inserted in your system is linked with the following Sony Entertainment Network account.
[account name]
To use the memory card with your PS Vita system you must format the memory card.
If you format the memory card, all data on the memory card will be deleted.

Those who try to switch accounts will be asked to format the memory card, which will erase all data stored. expensive memory cards.

Sony never specified multiple accounts could be stored onto one card, but this may come as an inconvenience to users as they will have to purchase more memory cards.

Ergo, be sure to back up any data you have on your memory cards before installing firmware 1.80.

Thanks, D’toid.



  1. diego-rbb-93

    Sony pissing off his console since it was born. No real news here.

    But man… They really need to fuck all over the users

    PD: Bring back PS2 games library to Vita, please man…

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Talkar

    I thought this was the case prior to 1.8 xD

    #2 2 years ago
  3. DrDamn

    It was kind of – at least that was the intention. You needed to reset the Vita in order to switch users. That was clearly a cobbled work-around and it’s not a big surprise it’s been plugged.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. ManuOtaku

    One Question though, that means if i want to have two accounts i will need to buy two memory cards?, if thats the case no wonder why they are a little bit expensive to begin with.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. DrDamn

    Two accounts aren’t really meant to be supported at all. Rubbish but not intended as way to make more money on cards. If you want to swap accounts you need to reset the Vita and set it up with the other. If you still fancy doing that then yes you will need two cards.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Christopher Jack

    This is just silly. I get that Sony wanted to combat piracy by making a proprietary format but firstly, it didn’t need to be anywhere near as expensive & secondly, they didn’t need to be such a grinch about the way we use it.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. CycloneFox

    if you really don’t want to buy another mem-card, it should be possible to store all important data on the pc/ps3 via Content manager and after formatting your mem card retrieve the data. i think i’ll Test that later…
    but it’s alot faster with multiple Memory cards. good thing is, they didn’t lock the whole console with one user. that would render reselling impossible. it already renders reselling mem cards impossible, but that’s not as bad, as mem cards have a great loss of value over Time, anyway.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. DrDamn

    Why does it render reselling memory cards impossible? From the article above you get the option to format it.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Dragon246

    Exactly, no problems with memory cards. Also people crying foul over this issue don’t realise that it was meant to happen from the start. All store have same vita content, except 1-2 games on us store, so it doesn’t matter. Still miles better than useless 3ds transfer policy where the trouble to transfer data from one 3ds to other is awful.
    Also you can still run as many accounts as possible on vita. Just backup all data on pc or ps3 . This memory card trouble is nothing compared to time to takes to reset vita, and watch that unskippable intro everytime.

    #9 2 years ago

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