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PS3 firmware update 4.0 makes way for Vita

by Steven Williamson on 2 December 2011, 09:29

Tags: Sony Computers Entertainment Europe (NYSE:SNE)

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The latest PlayStation 3 firmware update has rolled out worldwide preparing gamers for the launch of PlayStation Vita in February.

Firmware version 4.0 turns the PS3 into a "content management device" for Vita, allowing for the transfer of music, games, images, videos and other applications between the console and Sony's new hand-held. Gamers will also be able to back-up Vita games on the PS3's hard drive, and use its network features to update the portable gaming device.

PlayStation Plus subscribes can now choose whether they want to automatically apply patches, system software updates, and synch trophy information, so don't have to sit through lengthy downloads when they want to just play a game. The update also adds settings for filtering friend requests and messages, as well as upscaler output and cinema conversion support for Blu-ray Discs.

Having updated our console this morning, we've also discovered that Sony has added "British English" to the list of language options. Jolly good show!

So, this new firmware update doesn’t really add anything interesting for US and European console owners, who still have almost three months to wait for the arrival of Vita.

PlayStation Vita launches in Japan and other Asian regions in mid-December with the US and European release on February 22, 2012.

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