Thursday, February 9, 2012

PS Vita firmware updated to 1.60, new features include Maps app and video recording

PS Vita Box Cropped

The one positive aspect of PS Vita launching in the West two months after Japan is that it gives Sony an opportunity to iron out a few kinks and add some new firmware features.

There have been a couple of minor firmware updates since the Vita’s Japanese launch, but today’s update (version 1.60) is the most significant thus far.

The new firmware adds the ‘Maps’ icon to your home screen and also gives you the option to take video recordings in the Photos app.

The Maps app is a slightly modified version of Google Maps Mobile. You can still get directions, put down markers and view satellite imagery. You can use this app on both 3G and WiFi versions of Vita, although WiFi will give you a more seamless experience due to superior download speeds.

When you boot up the Photos app and go into recording mode you’ll notice there is now a camcorder icon on the right menu. You can record videos in 16:9 or 4:3 ratio using either the front or rear camera. Any sound that the Vita’s mic picks up will also be recorded.

It’ll be interesting to see if Sony releases any new firmware updates in the two weeks leading up to the Vita’s worldwide launch. It would be great if PSone Classics emulation was added before February 22nd but that may be wishful thinking.

What features would you like to see added to PS Vita through future firmware updates? Let us know in the comments.


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