Tuesday, March 25, 2014

New Vita update bursts the 100 app limit and adds a Calendar

Woohoo! I hear you cry, but not at the Calendar app. Sony has just kicked out a new firmware update, nudging the spinning number up to 3.10, with the following features, plus the usual unspecified usability updates. Perhaps of most use will be the memory manager, although why we can't have a live link to a PC folder and just drag-and-drop content live without that stupid file copying app remains a bit of a mystery.

Still hoping for better integration between the browser and the social media apps, plus the arrival of those juicy video apps that the Americans are enjoying.

UPDATE: Some users with 32GB cards, mostly on 3G units, are reporting they get stuck in a boot loop, my upgrade went fine, and I've seen plenty of other happy users, but you may want to be careful. If you have a smaller card to hand, try the update on that?


  • You can now display up to 500 applications on the home screen. (Wonder how big a memory card Sony plans to release?)
  • A Calendar app has been added for PS Vita, allowing you to set up gaming events with your friends. Sync your Google calendar to have all your events with you on your PS Vita. 
  • A new “Manage Content on Memory Card” option has been added to the Content Manager application. You can now view the data on your memory card, making it easier than ever to manage content on your PS Vita. You can now view memory usage by content type, and delete content and applications.
  • You can now send and receive voice messages using the Messages application on PS Vita. Exchange voice messages with your friends and players on PS4 and PS Vita.
UPDATE: Handily the EU blog specifies those unspecified (by the US blog) improvements, they include:

Music – You will now be able to search for content saved on a connected device such as a PC.
Video – You’ll be able to now sort content by size.
Photo - Rotate Screen Automatically has been added to Photos to control tilt sensor for rotation of images. Also, Freeform has been added to the Panoramic mode selection list.

Settings
Adjust Daylight Saving Automatically has been added.
30 minutes has been added in Enter Standby Mode Automatically.

Other things I've noticed (think they're new) include an External Keyboard option on the Devices list in Settings, that could come in handy for extended Vita chats I guess.

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