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Vita Firmware 2.00 Allows In-Game Web Browser

No more Twitter hack.

When the next PS Vita firmware update rolls around this week, it will bring with it PlayStation Plus for the handheld – cloud storage, auto downloads and free games. It’ll also feature a few new OS-level tricks and treats, one of which will be a vastly updated browser.

Confirmed this morning by Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios head Shuhei Yoshida, the browser will become an app with a smaller memory footprint, so you won’t have to quit out of a game to then jump into browsing.

“That’s little talked about but is a big change,” he said, “and the browsing itself is faster than the current one.” He praised the work of SCE’s Japanese developers.

You can read about PlayStation Plus for Vita here – we’re talking Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Gravity Rush And Chronovolt in the first batch of the Instant Game Collection, but firmware 2.00 also brings an email application and wireless content management, the latter is especially welcome.

The firmware is expected tonight.

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23 Comments
  1. Taylor Made
    Member
    Since: Oct 2011

    Expected tonight in Europe?

    Comment posted on 19/11/2012 at 12:32.
  2. jimmy-google
    Member
    Since: Feb 2009

    That’s really good. I’ve been surprised by how often I’ve wanted to use the browser while in a game. Normally resort to using my phone. This will make it a lot easier.

    Comment posted on 19/11/2012 at 12:47.
    • Slatter
      Member
      Since: May 2009

      there is a little trick that i used:
      open the twitter app (game still open)
      now click on a link:
      browser opens with game running ;)

      Comment posted on 19/11/2012 at 22:09.
  3. TSBonyman
    Member
    Since: Dec 2009

    That’s a handy feature with the browser. Cronovolt looks good too..
    http://www.viddler.com/v/9d690e7f

    Comment posted on 19/11/2012 at 12:58.
  4. Uhyve
    Member
    Since: Sep 2008

    I’m really starting to want a Vita…

    Damn it. Can you switch PSN IDs yet? If that’s not sorted, I may be able to resist alittle longer.

    Comment posted on 19/11/2012 at 13:16.
  5. uncharted86
    Member
    Since: Jan 2012

    “we’re talking Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Gravity Rush And Chronovolt in the first batch of the Instant Game Collection”

    Tales from Space Mutant Blobs too :)

    Comment posted on 19/11/2012 at 13:19.
  6. Sympozium
    Member
    Since: Aug 2009

    Hope you can watch videos now and maybe pages with loads of data can load a bit faster now. *dream*

    Comment posted on 19/11/2012 at 13:21.
  7. cam the man
    Member
    Since: May 2009

    The whole PS3/Vita experience is getting better and better.
    Wonder what they’re holding back for Orbis.

    Comment posted on 19/11/2012 at 13:33.
  8. leeroye
    Member
    Since: May 2012

    Cant wait for this firmware, plus on the vita is far better than i thought it would be and at no extra cost to existing subscribers. Sony get a lot of things wrong with the Vita, but for this they should be applauded.

    Comment posted on 19/11/2012 at 13:36.
  9. stormy
    Member
    Since: Apr 2010

    Nice feature. Pity wireless content management seems to be PC only :( I store all my Vita content on my PS3 so this is a real shame. Is it technically not possible or sth?

    Comment posted on 19/11/2012 at 13:36.
  10. avengerrr
    Member
    Since: Oct 2012

    That is something nice to here, and it’s coming tonight as well :)

    Hope they will do the same thing with the video player sometime soon, so I can suspend a game, and watch some video.

    I wonder how the wireless CMA works, would my PC have to be in ad hoc, or would it be through the home network? any one got any info?

    Comment posted on 19/11/2012 at 13:46.

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