Tsunashima:User manual design for PS Vita makes sense, considering the product concept. You'll find succinct instructions in the Quick Start Guide, safety and regulatory information in the Safety Guide, and application instructions and other general information needed for use in the User Guide.
We encourage new owners to check out the Quick Start Guide first. Picking up the unit itself and playing games right away is probably the first thing on your mind. To avoid ruining this sense of excitement, we distilled what you need to know from setup until gameplay into a single sheet. Ordinary, thick user manuals full of warnings are a turnoff that no one wants to read. We narrowed down all the essential information and summarized it on one page. This way, we could also print it in color. You should get the impression that we care for customers.
To create a guide in this format, we consulted our designers working in several fields, including packaging and product design. It took repeated attempts to incorporate all the needed information in such a limited space. What complicated this was the fact that setup varies between the 3G/Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi models. We applied a little ingenuity in the layout, so owners of either model know right away which instructions they need without any confusion.
We could not allow the styling of the Quick Start Guide to diverge from the coordinated image of PS Vita design in stores, packaging, and the product hardware and software itself. This guide is only one page, but it shows our commitment to doing it right.
On the other hand, online user manuals are also important for this kind of device. That's why we included several ways to access the online user's guide from the GUI. You also have instant access to support information when you need it from "LiveArea" screens for each application.
Ikehara:PS Vita was first announced at the PlayStation® Meeting in early 2011. I designed that website, and later, I took on the design of the PS Vita online user's guide.
Essentially, we wanted the website user experience to be consistent with PS Vita look and feel, whether browsed on PS Vita or other devices. To do it, we incorporated the graphic design team's PS Vita colors, the GUI team's icons, and many other recognizable elements.
A simple way to create electronic manuals is just to convert the files for printed manuals into PDFs. In fact, that's how quite a few online guides are made. But now, it's easier to browse the web for support information than to page through a printed user manual. HTML-based manuals have been used for years in the PlayStation® series for better searchability, updatability, and ease of viewing. Our stance for PS Vita is unchanged, and browsing is optimized for the device you access the manuals from.
View a manual on PS Vita, and the line spacing is wider for easier touch operations. The font is also larger. View it on a computer, and you'll notice the PlayStation family logo in the header. This is not shown on PS Vita because the logo already appears on the body. We fine-tuned the sites to suit PS Vita browser specifications, computer and smartphone browsers, and design details as we tested them on each device.
Hiramatsu:Always networked, and expanding your world-this is our vision for PS Vita. People who just want to keep in touch have many options, such as Twitter or Facebook, but you can also enjoy a larger social circle through games. I think PS Vita is the first device to offer this vision of communication. What kind of entertainment will it inspire? We count ourselves among the most eager to find out.