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.