Sony is prepping for the launch of the Playstation 4 in just a week and a half and released details Monday for a PS Vita system update that will allow the handheld to connect with the next-gen console.
The PS Vita 3.00 system update will add a new app called PS4 Link. As its name suggests, it allows the PS Vita to connect with the Playstation 4 for Remote Play and Second Screen experiences. According to a recently released FAQ, Remote Play works best when both the handheld and console are on the same WiFi network. It can work if the PS Vita is on a different WiFi connection away from the PS4 but Sony says "it may or may not work" according to the conditions.
Conversely, the PS4 will also receive a system update at launch so that it can support Remote Play along with a host of other features for the console.
The PS4 is set to launch on Nov. 15. You can check out the full official list of new features coming with the PS Vita 3.00 system update below. Sony says that it is "coming soon."
The PS4 Link app has been added to the PS Vita system’s home screen. With this application, you can use your PS Vita to remotely control a PS4 system, and play a range of PS4 games on your PS Vita screen. When you’re playing a game on PS4 that supports second screen features, you can also display information from that game on your PS Vita and use it as a second screen.
The Parental Controls application has been added to the home screen. You can now manage the duration of game play, and the use of games and videos that have parental controls. You can also control access to certain areas of the system, including the use of the Internet browser and Location Data.
A Panoramic Camera setting has been added. You can now take panoramic photos on PS Vita, and look around the photo by using the PS Vita’s built-in motion sensor.
The application layout for Friends has been improved. There are now four tabs:
- Find Player on PSN
- Friend Requests
- Players Blocked
The Group Messaging application name and icon have been changed to Messages. The application layout has also been improved, and you can now send and receive messages with friends and players on PS4 or on mobile devices installed with PlayStation App.
The icon for the Party application has been changed. You can now voice chat and text chat with friends and players on PS4.
You can now sync the contacts saved in your email account from services including Gmail and Yahoo! Mail. To sync your contacts, select Contact List > Options > [CardDAV Settings] > [Add CardDAV Account], and then follow the screens.
You can now use Wi-Fi to connect your PS Vita to a PS3, and transfer data between them. Your PS Vita and PS3 must be connected within the same network. Also, to use this feature, the system software of the PS3 you’re using must be version 4.50 or later.
PS3 Remote Play
The Remote Play application name and icon have been changed to PS3 Remote Play.
You can now download future system software updates automatically.
You can now display Trophies of PS4 software on your PS Vita. Rarity of the trophy cannot be displayed.
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