There’s a big system update launching for PS Vita later today, and the new firmware brings a host of exciting features, readying the system for PS4 connectivity ahead of launch, as well as updating some of the existing PS3 to Vita features.
Firstly, PS4 Link will now appear on your handheld’s home screen. Essentially, this allows for control of the PS4 through your Vita, Remote Play of PS4 games on the system and second screen features, much like various game companion apps offer.
Parental Controls now has its own application too, and although that might seem like a bit too much clutter for your home screen, the ability to manage the duration of gameplay and block specific games and videos, as well as controlling access to specific applications and location data seems quite useful for parents.
And panoramic photos are a thing now! I’m not sure why – does anyone really use their PS Vita as a dedicated camera? Still, a neat feature to have. Also, if you use the system for emails then you’re able to sync contacts from Gmail or Yahoo.
Friends has also had a layout update. Don’t worry, I’m not talking about the popular sitcom so Joey and Chandler are still where you want them to be, but the Friends list on the system now has four tabs: Find Player, Friends, Friend Requests and Players Blocked.
Along with that, the Messages app – previously Group Messaging – has an improved layout, and you can send messages to PS4 or users on the PlayStation App. Likewise, the Party Chat app’s icon is different and you can chat with players on PS4, and Trophies will now show PS4 silverware in there too.
Content Manager now works over WiFi, so you don’t have to grumble and groan about taking the Vita’s wall charger apart in order to transfer content from PS3. It needs to be the same network that you’re on, and the PS3 must have firmware 4.50 but that’s about it.
Remote Play is now PS3 Remote Play, so you won’t be confused, and future software updates can be downloaded automatically so this will likely be the last one you manually download.
Source: PS Blog