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PlayStation Vita System Update


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I’d left my Vita charging overnight and switched it on this morning to find update 1.65 waiting for me!

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Forums (including PlayStation’s own) are full of idiots complaining that it hasn’t added the specific functionality that they require or (as one person put it) “were promised”. However, this is just a minor upgrade for a relatively new product – expect “killer features” later. Indeed, when working on WordPress plugin software I will often distribute a minor update before anything major – getting a number of minor “niggly” issues out of the way beforehand ensures that any major update can concentrate on just that (it reduces download size and reduces the number of potential issues in any later release). Also, this is probably the first update that most users have had since the one pushed upon on them when they first turned their Vita on, so it’s a good opportunity for a good, but low risk, test of the on-going upgrade mechanism.

Officially, features include…

  • You can now disable the notification alert messages that indicate when friends sign in, messages are received and other activities. To disable these alerts, got to [Settings] > [Sound & Display] > check/uncheck [Notification Alerts]. Additionally, Notification alerts will now display for five seconds instead of three seconds
  • ‘After 10 Minutes’ has been added as an option in [Power Save Settings] > [Auto Standby]
  • An arrow will indicate when new activities are available in LiveArea
  • Caps Lock is now supported by the on-screen keyboard. Simply double-tap the Shift key to enable it

In addition, the following 2 have been mentioned unofficially…

  • An installation progress bar now appears for downloaded games and DLC
  • minis with a preset expiry date (i.e. those obtained via PlayStation Plus) now load correctly

There are also reports (although I’ve not a chance to confirm myself) that the music from the PlayStation Store has now gone.

I’ve messaged the PlayStationEU Twitter feed to see if a fuller changelog can be made available but I won’t hold my breath awaiting a response (they’re being battered by people complaining about not having YouTube / Flash / PS1 emulator / etc).


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4 Comments

  1. Yeah, even the simplest updates in the sony world can be filled with fail and list box changes that could have been resolved in a 2 week test period. Oh wait its going to get better! Its still new! Portable ps3.

    • Which list box problem are you referring to? I’ve heard a lot of people complaining about PS3 updates, although mainly about the frequency. Personally, I like the regular PS3 updates in preference to the one-a-year update that, say, Nintendo deliver to the Wii.

      Bearing in mind that, as far as I know, no Vita updates have been buggy and caused problems I think you’re being a little unfair. The Vita is literally weeks old (other than Japan, but they have their own requirements) so I think it’s a little too early to be accusing (as people have been) Sony of letting users down and not delivering on promises (although I’m not quite sure what those promises were). As for the Vita being a portable PS3… yes it is!

      David.

      • Updates that are bug fixes have always pissed me off. If you are going to do an update put in at least one feature for people to talk about.

        • Why? Fixing bugs in the current system is surely important. As much as I’d love new features, I’d love them to fix problems with the existing ones as well. If they can put out a minor release with bug fixes in whilst they work on a more major one with the big features, then that’s surely a good thing.

          David.

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