Vita Firmware 1.80 will be available on August 28th
The latest Vita firmware is on its way for an August 28th release, and is bringing with it a lot more then expected. The most surprising is the ability to use the Vita and it’s touch screen with your PS3 titles. The full list is below.
The new Cross-Controller feature will allow you to use PS Vita as a controller to play compatible games on PS3, such as LittleBigPlanet 2. This feature lets you take advantage of PS Vita’s rich features including the touch screen, rear touch pad, six-axis motion sensing system, and cameras.
To access the cross controller feature you need to launch the Remote Play application and then click on the Cross-Controller icon.
As many of you have requested, you will now have the option to control the home screen and some features of applications such as Videos and Music with the buttons on the PS Vita system.
Playlists will be supported in Music. You will be able to transfer iTunes (10.6.3 or later), M3U, and M3U8 playlists from a PS3 or a PC using Content Manager.
Rear touch pad operation will be supported by the browser, allowing you to scroll through and zoom out of pages without obscuring the screen.
The following controls have been added to Videos:
•Playback speed control
Viewing photos in MPO format will now be supported, with the ability to transfer MPO files from PS3™ and PC using Content Manager.
* 3D and multi-angle viewing are NOT supported.
Along with some new layout enhancements, you will be able to take photos to add as attachments when writing Group Messages.
The Maps feature has been improved by adding a button on the top screen to switch between “Search for Location” and “Search for Directions.” You can also touch and hold a location on the map and place a user flag.
“near” will be able to gather the information of surrounding Wi-Fi access points without internet connection and update the location data based on it later. You can get location data within the area covered by Wi-Fi location services.
That is quite a list of enhancements. If you follow the Vita post’s over on the Official Blog, it is clear that they are listening to it’s consumers. The control pad menu browsing will be a nice feature for those who eat fried chicken and play their vita 🙂