PlayStation Vita XLink Kai Setup

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XLink Kai is a multi-platform and peer-to-peer LAN tunneling service which enables users to play system-link / LAN and ad-hoc multiplayer games on their consoles online with people all over the world. XLink Kai was first released in 2003, supporting the Xbox, PS2, and Gamecube at launch, with PSP, PS3, Xbox 360 and others support arriving soon after. Now, as of version 7.4.32, XLink Kai has added support for the PS Vita, PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.

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Getting started & required hardware

Creating an Account

To begin, you'll need to register for an XLink Kai account and download the program. Click on 'Sign Up' at the top of the XLink Kai home page and fill in your details, then click Submit. You then need to verify your email address and consent to the XLink Kai data collection policy (GDPR compliance). Please be sure to read the Acceptable Use Policy.

Installing XLink Kai

Follow the installation guide for your Operating System:


Supported Games

There are 155 games with the Ad Hoc wireless feature for the PlayStation Vita. To see if the game you want to play is supported please check the supported games page or look for "Ad Hoc" on the back of the game case.

Connecting your PlayStation Vita

You will need a dedicated WiFi card to connect with your PS Vita. If you normally connect to WiFi to access the internet you will need a second WiFi card. You can't connect to WiFi and your PS Vita at the same time with one adapter.

In addition to a WiFi adapter you need a copy of XLink Handheld Assistant (XLHA) which is available here on GitHub

Since XLink Handheld Assistant is under active development the set up guide is included in the download and is also available on GitHub. For PS Vita follow the section for "Vita Mode"

Note: On Windows 10/11 you may have to use the Windows 7 version of the drivers for your WiFi card to be able to connect successfully.

Playing a game on XLink Kai

  1. Start XLink and log in.
  2. Power on your PS Vita and load a game with Ad Hoc wireless support. This guide will use Wipeout 2048 as an example.
  3. Click Game Arenas at the top
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  4. Navigate to the Wipeout Pure arena using the directory on the left.
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  5. When in the arena with at least one other player connect your WiFi adapter and start XLHA. If you have not already configured XLHA highlight Vita Device using your arrow keys then select it by pressing spacebar. Then press right to highlight Next then press spacebar.
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  6. Select Automatically connect to PSP/vita networks.
    Select your WiFi card from the list of adapters. Your card will likely have a generic name like "Wireless LAN Adapter". Highlight and select Next to continue.
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  7. If XLink Kai is running on the same computer as XLHA (like in this guide) you do not need to change any of these settings. Highlight and select Next to continue.
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  8. You are now ready to start using XLHA. Highlight Start Engine and press spacebar.
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  9. Click Metrics at the top of the XLink Kai interface then scroll down and you should see XLHA and your PS Vita have been detected. If XLHA is shown but your PS Vita is not go to the Ad Hoc multiplayer option in your game and search for a match.
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  10. Once another player is hosting a match select ADHOC from the main menu.
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  11. Select Join Game
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  12. Within a few seconds XLHA should show that it has connected to an Ad Hoc network with a name starting with SCE_
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  13. Wait for the host to start the game!
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Finding players

If you are having trouble finding other players to game with please join our Discord chat and use the various game-specific channels. There are also several fan-run discords that host regular game nights.

Troubleshooting

If you are unable to connect to the PS Vita's adhoc network using XLHA please make sure that:

  1. Your PS Vita is running a supported game and is in Adhoc multiplayer mode. If you go back to the Vita home screen there should be a letter "A" in the upper left corner. This means Adhoc mode is activated.
  2. If you are using Windows you may have the wrong drivers installed for your wireless adapter. Please install the drivers for Windows 7 manually.