New update brings welcome changes to the PS Vita

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The PlayStation blog has reported that Sony’s handheld games console, the PlayStation Vita, has just been updated to version 3.10, bringing a handful of oft-requested features that will make Vita owners very happy.

The biggest and most welcome change is the ability to finally manage memory card contents like game data and saved games without jumping through hoops, as the new update gives people the option to delete their games and apps through a new “Manage Content on Memory Card” interface option that has been added to the system’s Content Management screen.

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Other new features include the option to sync your Google Calendar with your PS Vita and a voice message recording system that lets you send voice messages to your PSN pals on both the Vita and PS4 (but not the PS3, strangely).

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One of the biggest complaints about the Vita has been that the home screen supports a maximum of 100 application and game “bubbles”. With this new update, that number is boosted to 500. Of course you’ll need a memory card big enough for that many games and applications, but should you be lucky enough to own a 64GB memory card for your Vita, you’re no longer saddled with that 100-bubble limitation.

Things this update did NOT bring, however, include support for enterprise-class Wi-Fi security that’s employed in some locations (universities are particularly fond of it which limits Vita-toting students’ connectivity options), there still isn’t an option to mark emails as read or unread, and games are still not categorised according to their platform on the Vita’s download list.

The Vita is also still unable to capture and share screenshots, a feature that must be on Sony’s mind by now considering the PS4’s focus on content-sharing, and the popularity of the feature. There’s still a lot of work to be done before the Vita is as user-friendly as it could be, but update 3.10, which goes live today is a step in the right direction.

To paraphrase a certain pet detective, if the update isn’t live by the time you read this, just wait longer.

[Image Credit: PlayStation blog, thevitalounge.net]

Deon du Plessis

Deon du Plessis

Deon got his first taste of PC gaming at the tender age of 11 when his father bought an 8088 XT, ostensibly to "help him with his homework". Instead, it introduced him to Leisure Suit Larry, King Graham, Sonny Bonds and many more, and Deon has been a PC gamer and hardware enthusiast ever since. He landed his first professional writing gig in 2006 at a prestigious local PC magazine, a very happy happenstance as he got to write for a living about things he loves - tech, PCs, gaming, and everything in between. He's been writing about it all ever since, and loves every minute of it.

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