Did you not want to pay more for the more expensive 3G model? Did you not want to pay for a data plan for the Vita? Well you can make your Vita, Wi-Fi model, do exactly what the 3G model does.
What I'm wondering is if you tether with an LTE phone, would it be faster than the 3G Vita?
It sure is. I do all my online vita gaming through my 4g
Is the vita able to get accurate GPS from your 4G phone? I mean 3G isn't used for gaming AT ALL. it's far too slow. Unless you count things like downloading lbp levels at the bus-stop which is kinda cool. It's great that you can tether the 4G Wi-Fi of your phone to the Vita so you can play multiplayer games wherever you are, but can it do EVERYTHING the 3G model can? Could you hunt for monsters in ecolibrium? Could you accurately use the upcoming GPS game [email protected] I don't tend to play multiplayer on the move so to speak, I prefer quick games I can pick up for a few mins. i leave the gaming proper till I have some decent time set aside...which always coincides with being near an internet connection anyway.
Yes it would, you can also play games online because the vita sees it as a wifi connection, not 3g
Yes, way faster.
is this seriously news? How to use tethering? Wow
I know, i weep for gaming news
Not everyone knows how to tether...
Title of the article should be "How to tether the Vita to a 3/4g phone".
I come back forgot I already agreed and tried again. Tethering internet capable equiptment to your cell phone connection has been new for about 5 years now.
Just tried this out for the evening with the Galaxy nexus and it works ok. Connection speeds will vary around the cities that you travel to. However, I was truly happy with the connection for downloading only. I will report tomorrow on online play. My upload rate was so weak but download was +2mbps. Not too shabby for updates and smaller games like Retro City Rampage. This is a very easy process and you should be happy with the results. 4g phones like the the Galaxy S3 should do a better job for sure and online play should be relatively stable.
Galaxy Nexus is also a 4G phone... Verizon's is LTE, I consistantly see 15+mb down on mine / GSM version is pentaband HSPA+ .. do you live in a 3g only area?
My phone is 3g because I live in another country. No Verison and no 3g Nexus. I know it sucks.
very helpful thank you.. but doesn't this suck the data out ?
Suck it out? Only as much as you use..... Much faster than the Vita's sucky 3G though! So its up to you when you want to use this. If you're at home, its best you just use your computers wi-fi.
"its best you just use your computers wi-fi." Your actually using the modem+wireless router to get wifi, not your computer.
I would advise a good data plan on you phone. Don't do this if you have no data plan because you could end up with a pricey bill
"but doesn't this suck the data out ?" /facepalm ... You sir are what we call in the i.t world... a USER.
He's not wrong though. In Europe there are a lot of contracts that slow down the connection when a certain amount of MB is reached. Using the VITA over this connection certainly uses those MBs up quit quickly. The larger problem though is the battery life of the cell phone. Maintaining a wifi-hotspot takes some juice out of your device. Also using this method still doesn't give you the enhaced GPS-features you get from a real VITA.
I actually do this with my 4G phone...so its even better than the 3G model. So despite people saying I bought the "gimped" model...my functionality is superior.
well, you did buy a gimped model, but since you don't use 3g on the vita you saved yourself some(maybe alot) money. Just want to ask you a question about 4G. How many times faster than 3G is it? Does it kill your battery life quicker than 3G? Do you carry a rechargeable battery around with your phone? Finally, are you actually able to game with 4G connection? Hopefully you can answer those questions for me, might actually get 4G once it comes out in the UK.
Well the 3g really isn't a necessary function. Most people can just tether the Vita to their phones connection and 3g doesn't even allow you to play games online, you can only go on youtube, facebook, etc.
1. No, it's not gimped. You're probably the one who I had to argue with before. 3G is BARELY functional. It hardly counts as a feature. 2. 4G is MUCH faster than 3g. I download 20 MBPs on my 4g connection. 3. It definitely does drain the battery faster, ESPECIALLY when you're tethering. But I'm almost NEVER in a situation where I can't plug in my phone. 4. I don't even have a home internet plan. I i have a 4G connection and truly unlimited data. I do all my downloading, gaming, etc through my phone's 4G. 5. I'm definitely able to game over the 4g. As I've said, it's all I use. 20 mbps is faster than most people really have around here. ______ I'm using 20-30gb of data per month over my 4g. LIke I said...love my grandfathered unlimited plan for $30 / month.
@rpd123 it issnt a neccesary function but it is an adition, clearly if you dont have it you can always tether but thats not the point. @chitowndoc wow, didnt know 4g is that fast, think i may actually consider a 4g phone. now if only wouls release a vita with a 4g connection. tethering is a cool thing to do, i always use tethering on my phone, but it kills my phone batt all the time. i wonder if there are any portable 4g tethering devices around. would love to have a device dedicated to providing me a fast connection anywhere without draining my phone batt.
except that the phone battery goes -------------> 0% in no time.
20 MBps or 20 mbps? huge difference bro
huh...this was already know since what....the launch of the ps vita. whats next from ps-analog? a tutorial on how to set a custom background on the ps3?
some people just bought a smartphone, or a vita like me.
Just a helpful article for people who are not aware and are not sure how to do it. I even mentioned about Wi-Fi tethering in a previous article before the launch of the Vita. Anyway - Who would like to see a custom background tutorial on GC? ;)
This was the reason i only got the wifi model in the first place. Gosh i should have mad a article about this myself! Honestly you have to have no common sense to not know that you could do this this whole time....
Yup, it's such an obvious thing to do, but then again, if no one had written it, then they were just hits waiting to be taken by someone else.
Personal Hotspots or tethering has been around for years. One of the bad things about doing this though is that you can very easily go over your data usage on your phone; I'm on EE (Tmobile Orange) and I get 750mb of data a month. Another bad point is that you're going to drain your battery rapidly if you're on 4G/LTE and also using your phone as a wireless access point. Tablets and I'm assuming handheld consoles like the Vita have a bigger data allowance on them (2Gb on Tmobile I believe)
i thought batteries on smartphones are already bad as it is?
This is 1 year late to the game, I've been doing this since day one, but prices (at least in Canada) are still way to high to make this an option even through tethering. I'll stick to home wifi for now:)