Posted by John on November 30, 2011

PS3 Software Update Adds PlayStation Vita Support

The PlayStation Vita hits Japan in December and North America in February, so it’s only fitting that Sony has released a PS3 system software update in preparation of the handheld’s arrival.

According to the official PlayStation Blog, the PS3 system software update (v4.00), set for release this week, will transform the console into a content management device. This will let gamers copy games, photos, videos, and music between the two devices. In addition, the update will let gamers back up Vita games and game data to the PS3 hard drive and update the PS Vita’s system software using the PS3’s network features.

PlayStation Plus subscribers will be able to enable or disable automatic updates for system software, recommended games and videos, trophy sync, and game patches. There will be new PlayStation Network settings for filtering friend requests and messages.

The PlayStation Vita officially goes on sale in the U.S. on Feb. 22, but it will arrive a few days early for those who purchase a $349.99 bundle that includes the 3G + Wi-Fi Vita, a limited edition case, a 4GB PS Vita memory card, and the Little Deviants game. The bundle for Canadian users includes a Wi-Fi Vita, the case, 4GB memory card, and Little Deviants for $299.99. Users in both countries can pick up their bundles on Feb. 15.

Sony unveiled the Vita, previously known as the PlayStation Portable 2, at this year’s E3 gaming conference. The device will have an OLED touch screen, dual analog sticks, back-mounted touch panels, and front- and back-facing cameras. It will also include a number of downloadable social apps, including those for Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, and Skype. While 3G will be available through ATT for $299.99, Sony will also offer a less expensive Wi-Fi-only option for $249.99.

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