Friday February 1, 2013 12:15

PSO2 Vita’s Augmented Reality Feature: “Character Portrait”

Posted by Ricardo

PSO2 Character Portrait 3

PSO2 Vita is coming with a new feature called “Character Portrait” that allows you to take pictures alongside your character. Using the camera on your PlayStation Vita, you can set up a scene for your character to perform various animations and poses in real life. At the Visiphone in the Arks lobby, there will be a menu that allows you to save your character onto your memory card. Your character’s hairstyles, accessories, clothes, etc, are all included in the save file. You can use your own character, your NPC partner characters, or the 6 default characters from PSO2.


PSO2 Character Portrait

When you’re taking pictures, you can set the facial expression, animations, and phrases your character will say. Animations include walking, running, holding their weapon, and other basic lobby actions.


PSO2 Character Portrait 2

You can take pretty nifty pictures by changing the camera angle.

By the way, you can use Character Creation and Character Portrait offline. In fact, character portrait will be featured in an upcoming TV commercial for PSO2 Vita.


Gameplay Changes

Another set of bugs released along with this week’s update. Sakai plans to deliver some form of an apology for those recent bugs that seem to accompany the maintenance patches. For now, here’s a list of gameplay changes that are up for consideration.

I want the costume names easier to read.

  • We’ll change some item names so that they are easier to read. (This will make more sense in Japanese than in English but here are some examples.)
  • Selenia Coat Ink > Selenia Coat Cherry Blossom
  • Rear/Circuende α > Rear/Circuende a
  • Gwanahda Pincers > Gwanahda Obasami (Pincers)
  • This change should be addressed in February.

I want Premium Users to be able to go into a full block.

  • We’re going to add a feature where a certain amount of Premium users will be able to enter full blocks.
  • This change should be addressed in February.

The Aesthetic Counter Pass should allow for multiple uses over a period of time.

  • When premium set players use the Aesthetic Counter pass, it will be valid for a set amount of time which will enable them to edit their characters for as many times as they want.
  • This change should be addressed in February..

I want to be able to do multiple matter board objectives at the same time.

  • We’re going to add a feature that will allow you to select multiple matter board objectives at the same time.
  • This change should be addressed in February.

What about Hunter Balance Adjustments?

  • We’re going to increase the amount of PP recovered with normal attacks for Swords, Partisans, and Wired Lances.
  • We’re going to slightly speed up the Just Attack timing for Swords and Wired Lances
  • We’ll increase the amount the gear gauge fills up when a normal attack hits an enemy for Swords and Wired Lances.
  • This change should be addressed in February.

CO items that continue to drop after a client order has expired.

  • Client orders that are available for a limited time will no longer drop their exclusive items once the order has expired.
  • This change should be addressed in February.

It takes a while for the My Shop search results to load.

  • Though we do address these issues from time to time, we are considering if we should automatically remove the items from the market and send them to your storage box after an extended period of time has passed. This would be based on the time from when you last logged in or when your My shop pass has expired.
  • (They did not state the length of time it would take for your item to be automatically removed from the market. )
  • They want to proceed cautiously about this subject so they ask for you to wait a bit more during the month of February.

The Music doesn’t change during battle.

  • Yes it’s a bug, we’re going to fix this in the future.

Please change the block names!

  • Though we changed the block names in the last maintenance, we received all kinds of feedback from players. We’re going to address this in the future.

19 Responses to PSO2 Vita’s Augmented Reality Feature: “Character Portrait”


February 1st, 2013 at 12:57 pm

Amazing changes for hunter, but still won’t fix the fact 95% of the PA’s are completely useless for various reasons(Too much PP cost, too short range, too long cast time, uncancellable animations, charge up times, etc).


February 1st, 2013 at 1:34 pm

Thank you for translating the changes, the multiple matterboard objectives and the hunter changes sound nice.
And…I really hope they fix the music bug fast (hope they fix it next maintenance)…


February 1st, 2013 at 1:59 pm

Aw really more changes for HU and FI gets nothing?
“We’re going to slightly speed up the effective time of Just Attacks for Swords and Wired Lances” What does that mean exactly? Attack speed will be increased? If it really happens I may change to main HU in Feb.

Remove items from My Shop is BS. They better not do that.


February 1st, 2013 at 2:45 pm

I think it means that the timing for just attacks will be more lenient, so yeah. The boost in PP will be nice I guess (as long as they don’t go overboard).

FI doesn’t really need anything, double sabers are already powerful enough as is (with excellent pp recovery), twin daggers are really useful once you get the hang of them, and knuckles are high speed trains strapped on your hands.
Heck, FI even has a better skill tree.


February 1st, 2013 at 3:08 pm

Will there be any use of an AR card for the character portrait? I wanted to take pictures by strafing around my character…


February 1st, 2013 at 3:18 pm

Except HU can already do almost the same damage as FI while being much more safe with guard cancelling ANYTHING and having better base stats.

If they implement these changes (faster attacks(?), even faster gear filling for Sword, more PP) HU will surpass FI’s damage while being better defensively too.
Before “DADADA whining”, Overend has almost the same DPS as DA right now after the last changes (~2.5x DA damage in a 3s long PA).


February 1st, 2013 at 3:33 pm

@Anon : Just Attack timing.


February 1st, 2013 at 3:56 pm

hm it seems like a nerf then o.O
“speed UP the JA timing” sounds like the window will be shorter. Really can’t see why they are doing that…


February 1st, 2013 at 4:24 pm

It isn’t exactly a nerf: it actually allows you to make faster JA in a row, instead of waiting for the circle to turn red. So assuming the JA window shows up a little faster, but with the same duration, it should lead to a slight DPS increase, but also decrease chance of being stuck in an attack animation.


February 1st, 2013 at 4:33 pm

Oh, so they are actually shifting the JA window early in the animation. Well, that’s increasing the speed of attacks in the end.


February 1st, 2013 at 7:29 pm

Most of those changes made me lol really hard.

So many things wrong with difficulty, pacing, and weapons and people are whining about not enough premium benefits and costume names being “hard to read”.

Guess that’s SEGAs fault for trying to attract the typical MMO audience.


February 1st, 2013 at 10:13 pm

pretty sure that there are many whining more about game too easy and all, but they are considering it hard to do so they just not mention and choose to pick a few easy questions to answer.


February 2nd, 2013 at 12:53 am


February 2nd, 2013 at 1:40 am

@oOSAROo- Thanks for the share. Very fond of those female mechanic outfit. Would’ve killed for the quality of costumes PSO2 receive back in PSPo2/i period really.


February 2nd, 2013 at 3:23 am

awwww, still no new weapon categories and PAs


February 2nd, 2013 at 4:50 am

i’d give everything PSO2 gained in costumes for the ability to acutally make my own again


February 5th, 2013 at 9:56 pm

i DO wish we could change hair color at any time/ no cost

having items in My Shop is at times like extra free stg – maybe explains insane high prices on some things

Ricardo: has the issue of players with long strange names that “h4ck” thru quest counter and go into an area to loot been looked into?


February 5th, 2013 at 10:17 pm

@dazz The cheat detection system is supposed to find them but I don’t know if they are waiting to ban them (like what Steam does) or they are evading detection.


February 5th, 2013 at 11:15 pm

ah i see :) and i think the extended aesthe pass is great idea – glad to know that – also just heard translation of My Room contest (which i just said other week would lov a contest AND an increase to 50 items per room!) 3 L size rooms plus balconies looks a lil emptyish >__< haha

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