The wait is finally over. PS Vita's latest System Software Update v1.80, which adds significant feature enhancements including most noticeably the ability to play PSOne classics on your PS Vita, has officially arrived.
PS Vita Update v1.80 was one of Sony's key announcements coming out of Gamescom, and it includes many features gamers have been asking for. Perhaps the most anticipated new feature is the ability to play PSOne classics on your PS Vita. Nine titles are available to purchase from the PlayStation Store after upgrading your PS Vita software, which are:
- Arc the Lad
- Cool Boarders 2
- FINAL FANTASY VII
- Hot Shots Golf 2
- Jet Moto
- Syphon Filter
- Tomb Raider
- Twisted Metal 2
- Wild Arms
If you have already purchased any of the above titles from the PlayStation Store, you will be able to re-download the games directly from your account or transfer them to your PS Vita from your PS3 at no cost.
Over on the Official PlayStation Blog, Sony's Don Mesa prepared a video highlighting more new features that will be added to your PS Vita after downloading the software upgrade, have a look:
As Don mentioned, the software update finally adds the ability for users to control the home screen using the D-pad and face buttons on the PS Vita. This is a great addition as it can get tiring using the touchpad to navigate menus during extended play sessions.
Also added is the new Cross-Controller feature which in essence will turn your PS Vita into a controller for compatible games on your PlayStation 3, such as LittleBigPlanet 2. This feature takes a direct swing at Nintendo's upcoming Wii U system, giving the PlayStation 3 the ability to have games which utilize your main TV screen and the rich 5" OLED screen on the PS Vita. Not only that, Cross-Controller can also utilize the main features of the PS Vita such as the front and rear touchscreens, Six-axis motion sensor, front and read cameras, and so on. During Sony's Gamescom press conference they showed the Cross-Controller functionality using LittleBigPlanet 2, which used the PS Vita to display a second screen capable of displaying different information than your TV screen. I was blown away by how robust the feature was, especially compared to the Wii U, considering the PS Vita has even more input methods (e.g. PS Vita has multi-touch and rear touchpad controls).
Other enhancements included in the v1.80 software update are added rear touchpad controls for web browsing, which enable users to scroll through and zoom out of pages. Furthermore, the video player now has playback speed control and repeat play functionality, and the Maps feature has been improved by adding a button on the top navigation to switch between “Search for Location” and “Search for Directions.” Sony is also beefing up the music capabilities of the PS Vita by now enabling users to transfer iTunes, M3U, and M3U8 playlists from a PS3 or a PC.
That's quite a lot of enhancements for one upgrade, so kudos to Sony for adding additional value to the PS Vita experience. I guess there is such a thing as a free lunch after all.
In case you need instructions on how to update your PS Vita's system software, head on over to the PlayStation Vita Update website for an overview of available methods.
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