Neoseeker : News : PS Vita's Near function changed, now acts like StreetPass
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Gligar Jul 26, 11
no wonder the 3ds didnt do so well...
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Mudkip94 Jul 26, 11
So it has xgc. So maybe ps3 will be getting xgc soon
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Arjy Jul 26, 11
Mudkip94 what is xgc?
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Reenee Jul 26, 11
quote Arjy
Mudkip94 what is xgc?
Cross-game chat.
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Arjy Jul 26, 11
quote Reenee
quote Arjy
Mudkip94 what is xgc?
Cross-game chat.
OH MY *bleep*ING LIFE THAT'S AWESOME. So I can chat with my mates even if were playing different games
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Dcj91x Jul 26, 11
The writer of this article should have done more research. The 3DS has both spotpass and streetpass. Spotpass is additional content downloaded automatically to the 3DS from nintendo or other companies depending on which games you have played when you pass a wifi spot. In DOA for the 3DS the content could be special outfits given away through promotions or challenges from members of team ninja that give you rate figures or extra rank points. Streetpass on the other hand activates when one 3DS user passes another. When setting it up 3DS users can choose what games and information are shared as well as a message greeting. Depending on the game the information transferred could be anything from self made content to challenges in fighting games, or items that you are trying to sell or trade for something you need more. I think the author ment to compare the vitas feature to streetpass not spotpass which is something else. It's nice to see that the Vita is adding friend codes and streetpass like the 3DS. Now Sony fans can also use some of the great features of the 3DS.
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THM Jul 26, 11
I hope it will be great...the only thing worries me is the rip-off price in Australia just like other electronic gadgets price...

Considering the strong Aussie dollars, hopefully in December too, the price should be around $350 which is still a rip-off with GST and other taxes (including Carbon??)...but for some, they have no choice.
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Reenee Jul 26, 11
quote Dcj91x
I think the author ment to compare the vitas feature to streetpass not spotpass which is something else.
You are correct and I apologize for that. StreetPass better matches Near's function than SpotPass does. I should have known that since I have a 3DS myself but the two act similarly and it doesn't help their names are somewhat identical so it's easy to mix them up.
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DedValve Jul 26, 11
quote Mudkip94
So it has xgc. So maybe ps3 will be getting xgc soon
I wouldn't count on it. Microsoft has it patented, Sony can't use it, I guess it doesn't apply to portable devices.
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Reenee Jul 26, 11
quote Ded Valve
quote Mudkip94
So it has xgc. So maybe ps3 will be getting xgc soon
I wouldn't count on it. Microsoft has it patented, Sony can't use it, I guess it doesn't apply to portable devices.
Has anyone told that to these guys?
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DedValve Jul 26, 11
Haha, I'm sure if Microsoft never patented it, this would have been on PS3 from the start. Looks like they found a loophole and immediately took advantage of that, good on them.
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Me Jul 26, 11
First when Vita was unveiled in January, very little was known about what Live Area and Near was going to be like. In fact, very little was known about the forenamed NGP. With the inclusion of GPS and 3G in the system one can assume that it will offer some kind of treasure hunt and location oriented activity being a game system and all.

StreetPass and Near in its simplest form is not unlike the features that were on previous gen DS and PSP where you can share items between 2 systems as long as they are in close proximity to each other. Only difference is on 3DS, data can be shared automatically in sleep mode. While Near also include automatic sharing , it also has the ability to exchange data that have been location tagged and left at a location regardless of if another Vita is there or not. If i recall correctly Shuhei Yoshida in an interview shortly after NGP unveil said something about treasure hunt and sharing gift etc. How in the world did you know Near has gone through major changes because of streetpass or spotpass?

My guess is your stupid fanboism. Because Nintendo StreetPass has to do with data exchange between two 3DSs i guess Sony must have copied.

SpotPass and StreetPass are officially named remakes and improvements from features from DS which weren't named. StreetPass is the ability to share items between 2 3DSs in close proximity to each other and as described by Nintendo "StreetPass Mii Plaza is the place where Mii characters meet and greet. When StreetPass communication is activated, you can exchange Mii data, recent gameplay info, and more with other Nintendo 3DS owners you pass on the street when your Nintendo 3DS system is in Sleep Mode. You'll then be able to see these Mii characters in the plaza the next time you start playing". SpotPass is the ability for Nintendo to push items, game data, free software, videos and more to your 3DS over wifi even when the system is in sleep mode.

Near and Live Area are revamps and officially named features from PSP. Near features include:
1. Location logging via gps and skyhook wifi triangulation which shows you where you have been and collects data pools such as popular games that are played in each location
2. The ability to see each Vita that are currently in your location represented with avatars and PSN ID, and invite them to a multiplayer or Party Chat.
3. Pick up gifts, challenges etc that are left at any location even after the person who left the gift is no longer there and you can also leave gift and items for the next person to pick up.
And all is done in the background either live via 3G or when you are connected to your wifi or free wifi.

Live Area is the more social aspect of Vita. Every game has its own live area unique to that game
1. Gamers who own that game can comment and communicate with each other
2. You can issue challenges and join multiplayer games with a push of an icon
3. You can launch directly to your game from the Live Area
4. Developers and publishers can communicate, leave updates and you can launch directly to the games dlc store so you can buy and download game addons.
5. You can view and compare trophies earned in that game with friends.
And many more features to come.

You can clearly see that while both Nintendo's and Sony's offerings entail data exchange between 2 devices or data from each manufacturer and services, each offers something different and unique.
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Reenee Jul 26, 11
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How in the world did you know Near has gone through major changes because of streetpass or spotpass?
Nobody has said that here.
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Me Jul 26, 11
First paragraph
"When Sony first debuted Vita's Near software, it was initially a social tool for Vita owners to do activities like compare trophies, recommend games, and keep track of friends with GPS. Near's function has gone through a major change, now acting similar to Nintendo 3DS' StreetPass feature"

Initially means a function has already been defined but due to new circumstances (streetpass), it has been changed.

He also said "Near's function has gone through a major change" Nobody really knew much about those services apart from the little video demo they showed at the Tokyo unveiling. Exactly how did the writer of this article know these new information about the service given wasn't there from the beginning? He insinuates that it has been changed to act more like StreetPass does.

You might want to read your articles because they are inflammatory. Either he doesn't know how to write or he purposefully wrote it that way and i think its the later.
The 6th comment by the alias Dcj91x pointed out that the writer should have done more research because Near is more like StreetPass than SpotPass. Even while he too is not entirely right, it shows exactly my first impression of the article which are

1. He doesn't know what he is writing about
2. A fanboy who believes Sony copied Nintendo.
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