Good news everyone! According to a post (from the future nonetheless) by Sharon Kapitul (SCEA Marketing) on the Official PlayStation Blog, the PS Vita is set to receive a rather juicy update, prepping it to play nice with its new friend the PlayStation 4. Moreover the update titled 3.00 will not only address PS4 connectivity, but also overhauls a ton of current-gen and Vita specific elements; giving the entire experience a bit of a face lift.
*UPDATE* – 3.00 has gone live as of the time of the post.
There is a lot of information to sort through, but thankfully Sharon and PlayStation provided us with a couple of ways to take it all in. If words are a bit much for you at this moment, scroll to the very bottom if you wish to see a video that walks you through exactly what you can expect in the update.
Here is how it pans out:
- PS4 Link
The PS4 Link app has been added to the PS Vita system’s home screen. With this application, you can use your PS Vita to remotely control a PS4 system, and play a range of PS4 games on your PS Vita screen. When you’re playing a game on PS4 that supports second screen features, you can also display information from that game on your PS Vita and use it as a second screen.
- Parental Controls
The Parental Controls application has been added to the home screen. You can now manage the duration of game play, and the use of games and videos that have parental controls. You can also control access to certain areas of the system, including the use of the Internet browser and Location Data.
A Panoramic Camera setting has been added. You can now take panoramic photos on PS Vita, and look around the photo by using the PS Vita’s built-in motion sensor.
The application layout for Friends has been improved. There are now four tabs:Find Player on PSN
The Group Messaging application name and icon have been changed to Messages. The application layout has also been improved, and you can now send and receive messages with friends and players on PS4 or on mobile devices installed with PlayStation App.
The icon for the Party application has been changed. You can now voice chat and text chat with friends and players on PS4.
You can now sync the contacts saved in your email account from services including Gmail and Yahoo! Mail. To sync your contacts, select Contact List > Options > [CardDAV Settings] > [Add CardDAV Account], and then follow the screens.
- Content Manager
You can now use Wi-Fi to connect your PS Vita to a PS3, and transfer data between them. Your PS Vita and PS3 must be connected within the same network. Also, to use this feature, the system software of the PS3 you’re using must be version 4.50 or later.
- PS3 Remote Play
The Remote Play application name and icon have been changed to PS3 Remote Play.
You can now download future system software updates automatically.
You can now display Trophies of PS4 software on your PS Vita. Rarity of the trophy cannot be displayed.