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PS Vita Gets Mac OS Support, Maps and Video Recording In Firmware 1.6

Update this week.

The PlayStation Vita is getting another firmware update this week, taking the portable’s system software to version 1.6.

The update will include a new ‘Map’ application on the LiveArea homepage, and will allow the ‘Photo’ application to record video (it was previously limited to stills).

In addition, Sony have ported the Content Manager tool to the Mac, so that non-PC owners can start to get in on the action of copying and backing up their Vitas.

The Map tool, at least in Japan, is powered by Google – let’s hope the software appears on European models too.

Thanks, AndriaSang.

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27 Comments
  1. colmshan1990
    Member
    Since: Apr 2009

    Seems to be a feature set that should have been on-board at launch, but better late than never, I suppose.

    I wonder which version of the firmware the Vita I pick up on the 22nd will be running?

    Comment posted on 06/02/2012 at 08:35.
    • nofi
      One for all.
      Since: Forever

      I hope they’ve fixed the weird loop you find yourself in when you first get one. It asks you to update, but you can’t do that without a PSN account, but you can’t use your existing PSN account without updating first…

      You have to create a temporary dummy account to update, then delete it and revert to your normal PSN (SEN?) one. It’s really offputting.

      Comment posted on 06/02/2012 at 08:37.
      • Youles
        Member
        Since: Feb 2011

        Blimey, that’s awkward!

        Comment posted on 06/02/2012 at 08:38.
      • colmshan1990
        Member
        Since: Apr 2009

        Wait, what?
        Typical Sony…
        As if I don’t already have too many accounts…

        Yeah, I hope they fix that too.

        Comment posted on 06/02/2012 at 08:40.
      • tonyyeb
        Member
        Since: Aug 2010

        And hope it fixes that power on bug you’ve been having Nofi?

        Comment posted on 06/02/2012 at 08:40.
      • shields_t
        Member
        Since: Oct 2008

        That is poop. That’s a pretty fundamental QA item, surely.

        Comment posted on 06/02/2012 at 09:22.
      • sparkyscrum
        Member
        Since: May 2011

        Thought they fixed the loop bug with v1.5 software?

        Comment posted on 06/02/2012 at 10:23.
      • Cadabena
        Since: Jul 2009

        That loop bug sounds like a ploy for Sony to be able to say they’ve got yet more people signing up with the already ridiculously high number of account holders.

        Comment posted on 06/02/2012 at 11:52.
      • Bilbo_bobbins
        Member
        Since: Jun 2009

        Sony, always thinking of everything. It seems if its not Devs getting sloppy, its now Sony.

        Comment posted on 06/02/2012 at 12:53.
  2. Youles
    Member
    Since: Feb 2011

    This sounds good, and quite possibly pushed through ahead of the EU launch!

    Comment posted on 06/02/2012 at 08:38.
  3. Kivi95
    Member
    Since: Oct 2009

    Don’t forget that the power button now lights up blue when you charge your psvita :P

    Comment posted on 06/02/2012 at 08:58.
    • sparkyscrum
      Member
      Since: May 2011

      And when you turn it on o get a notification!

      Comment posted on 06/02/2012 at 10:24.
      • teflon
        Community Team
        Since: May 2009

        That’s not the power button, that’s the “Home” button on the face of the machine. The power button is on the top of the device, just next to the game card port, and has no lights or anything. It’s just the same colour as the rim.

        Comment posted on 06/02/2012 at 11:36.
    • colossalblue
      Team TSA: Editor
      Since: Forever

      really? It currently lights up orange while it’s charging and then switches off when it’s done. To be honest, the Vita’s PS button lights up for weird things and flashes a bit more often than it seems to have reason to. I don’t really understand what any of the multiple flashing LEDs mean around the edge of my 3DS either.

      Comment posted on 06/02/2012 at 12:44.
  4. Philbz
    Member
    Since: May 2009

    Mac OS support!! Good job I was sitting down, I’ve only been asking for this since the birth of the PSP!
    Could Sony actually be starting to listen to their customers? Well done! roll on 22nd.

    Comment posted on 06/02/2012 at 09:19.
    • Sympozium
      Member
      Since: Aug 2009

      I thought Media Go… supported Mac?

      o.O

      Comment posted on 06/02/2012 at 09:20.
      • sparkyscrum
        Member
        Since: May 2011

        It doesn’t use Media Go. With the Vita, it’s the Vita browsing your computer not the other way around.

        Comment posted on 06/02/2012 at 10:25.
    • teflon
      Community Team
      Since: May 2009

      This isn’t really equivalent. There’s still no Media Go for Mac, and all this does is provide driver support on your computer, so that the Vita can access the computer’s files. All file and data management is handled on the Vita itself (similarly to, but superseding how the PS3 handles all its data, and bosses around PSPs).

      This was also announced to be in the works for the US/EU launches, but just that it wasn’t quite ready for the Japanese launch.

      Comment posted on 06/02/2012 at 11:41.
      • teflon
        Community Team
        Since: May 2009

        To explain the “access the computer’s files” a bit better, it’s not unbridled access to your computer. The Content Manager application sets where the Vita is allowed to look, and for what.
        So you set a path to where you music, videos, where the Vita will put backups (obviously, laced with encryption), etc. etc. all where the Vita is allowed to go.

        Comment posted on 06/02/2012 at 12:28.
  5. MXZ
    Member
    Since: Jul 2010

    Wait, so i can record maps now?!?

    Radical!

    Comment posted on 06/02/2012 at 09:44.
  6. TSBonyman
    Member
    Since: Dec 2009

    I thought it would have video recording from the start but the mac support is good news.

    Comment posted on 06/02/2012 at 10:02.
    • cam the man
      Member
      Since: May 2009

      It is from the start for everyone outside of Japan.

      Comment posted on 06/02/2012 at 16:06.
  7. gaffers101
    Member
    Since: Oct 2008

    Still in two minds about trading in my old PSP3000 for a Vita. I think I really should wait until all the bugs are ironed out first.

    Comment posted on 06/02/2012 at 12:35.
  8. skibadee
    Member
    Since: Oct 2009

    it will keep getting better thank god for firmware updates.

    Comment posted on 06/02/2012 at 14:29.
  9. uncleniccius
    Member
    Since: Jan 2012

    Awesome! Can’t wait till the 22nd :D

    Comment posted on 06/02/2012 at 16:59.
  10. RudeAwakening
    Member
    Since: Jan 2011

    Any news on an updated browser?

    Comment posted on 06/02/2012 at 21:24.

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