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Sony PS Vita software upgrade – what you need to know

Sony has revealed that it is enhancing a number of features on the PS Vita, with a software upgrade due on 28 August.

The system software update, called v1.80, would add cross-controller functionality, giving users the ability to use it as a PlayStation 3 controller, along with a number of other improvements.

PS Vita updates

LittleBigPlanet 2 is just one of the compatible games that this feature will apply to. Cross-Controller functionality will allow the six-axis motion sensing system, cameras, touch screen, and the rear touch pad on the Vita to be used for gaming on the PS3.

Additional updates include rear touch-use for the web browser, allowing users to scroll through and zoom out of pages without obscuring the screen.

There will also be playback speed controls for video, playlist support for the Music Manager application and button control for the Vita home screen.

Sony also outlined that users will be able to transfer iTunes (10.6.3 or later), M3U, and M3U8 playlists from a PS3 or a PC using Content Manager.

Minor alterations have also been made to the features including Near, Maps and group messaging. Although there will be no support for 3D or multi-angle viewing will be available, MPO files will be able to be viewed in Photos.

More games for PS Vita

The Vita is also set to get a number of new games in time for Christmas, with an Assassin’s Creed title and another LittleBigPlanet title expected.

The software upgrade means that PS One classic will be compatible with the handheld, so expect to see some blast form the past making an appearance.

With some arguing that gaming setup offered by the Sony PS Vita software upgrade similar to that of Nintendo’s upcoming Wii U, both devices could soon be clamoring for gamers’ attention.

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