The lights are on
Sony has announced firmware version 3.00 for the Vita, which will (among other things) get the handheld ready for the PlayStation 4 launch next week. Connection to the new console will be handled through the PS4 Link app that enables remote play and second screen experiences.
Sony recommends that the PS4 be connected via ethernet and that the Vita be close to the wireless access point. For reference, this is how remote play on the PlayStation 3 is handled.
Among the other improvements are a new interface for the friends app, changes to the party app that allow communication to the PS4, the ability to transfer data to and from the PS3 via WiFi (PS4 compatibility for this feature isn’t mentioned and we’ve reached out to Sony), automatic system updates, and a panoramic photo app that makes use of the motion sensing to “look around” the photo.
For more on the new Vita firmware, you can check out the video and head over to the PlayStation Blog. The firmware update is available right now.
[Source: PlayStation Blog]
Our TakeI’m glad Sony is pushing this out a week and a half in advance of the PlayStation 4 release. This gives people plenty of time before the servers become clogged with PS4 updates. This update brings a host of usability features that will make the Vita even more enjoyable and convenient to use.
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In all honesty, if Sony actually takes the Vita/PS4 connectivity and runs with it... This will sell a PS4 to me more than most of what they've shown so far. I have a lot of doubt though because they said all the same stuff about the Vita and the PS3.
Yesssssssssssssss I'm excited
Gonna go download it right now.
I WANT MY PS4 NOW!
"the Playstation 4 launch next week"
^it doesn't even feel like a week. I can't wait. And as excited as I am at the mention of PS4 remote play, I'll believe it when I see it used with a more taxing game than Knack. I will be downloading Killzone Shadow Fall and NBA 2K14 at launch next week, and I am really looking forward to playing both via remote play.
Still waiting for the ability to play Crash Bandicoot on my Vita, Sony.....
ah yes! thanks for the heads up! :D
Now that's a nice update. Remote play FTW!
Wow, that's quite the update. It seems the Vita and PS4 are looking to be more of a match made in heaven than I thought, and it actually looks promising. That said, here's hoping for a smooth PS4 launch. Keep it up Sony.
Ps Vita look Awesome new update download.
looks like i got a update to go do lol
It's such a perfect day.
Looking forward to thsi feature, if I ever get a PS vita. However, i still think the lack of being able to use the Vita as a controller(even without second screen capabilities) is a missed oppurtunity, so many benefits of having a vita if it doubles as a controller instead of just a second screen or mobile screen.
So ready to unbox my PS4.