Vita system update coming tomorrow, expands PS4 connectivity

The mobile PlayStation App is also being updated with push notifications and custom profile picture support.

In addition to this week's big PlayStation 4 system update, the PlayStation Vita and the mobile PlayStation App are also getting updates.

The Vita 3.15 system update is scheduled for release at roughly the same time as the PS4 1.70 update tomorrow, April 30. It's much less feature-heavy than its PS4 counterpart and focuses on connectivity with the PS4. Automatic Device Registration is introduced, allowing the two systems to be automatically paired so long as they are both online and the same user is signed in on both of them. According to Sony, this will make it easier to take advantage of PS4 Remote Play on Vita, as well as other Vita-PS4 features.

Last month, the 3.10 Vita system update was released, adding a new calendar app, support for more software icons on the home screen, and the ability to record voice messages.

The PlayStation App update, said to be coming during the "launch window" of the PS4 and Vita updates, is already out on iOS. It enables push notifications, allows PSN profile pictures to be changed using photos stored on the phone or tablet (here's hoping that doesn't result in a sea of inappropriate profile pictures), and allows friend requests to be sent via email or text message.

The full list of changes, courtesy of the iOS App Store:

  • Notification alerts are now supported.
  • Thumbnails are now displayed for screenshots and video clips that are posted to Twitter or Facebook as activities.
  • Resolutions for iPad 2 and iPad mini are now supported.
  • Pictures you take on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch can now be set as your profile picture.
  • You can now send a PSN friend request to your friend using email or text.
  • Stability during use of some features has been improved.

The previously announced 1.70 PS4 firmware update will be out tomorrow; it allows for HDCP to be toggled off, expands video sharing features, and enables preloading for unreleased digital games, among other things.

Chris Pereira is a freelance writer for GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @TheSmokingManX
Got a news tip or want to contact us directly? Email news@gamespot.com

Written By

Twitter/Xbox Live/PSN/Nintendo Network: TheSmokingManX

Discussion

44 comments
Ardiendos
Ardiendos

Kind of a lame (albeit logical) update. It is already incredibly simple to pair a Vita with a PS4 and it only needs to be done once considering it remembers the match. What they need to do is enable the DS4 to be used with the Vita as a controller. Let's face it, the rear touch pad is completely unwieldy as a placeholder for the triggers in PS4 remote play. It just won't be fun to play games using it until the controls are fixed.

SSSTcracka
SSSTcracka

How about an update the awful UI? Glossy 3D bubbles? 2005 called and wants it style back.


Minus the UI and proprietary memory cards, I love my Vita.

jomac3db1
jomac3db1

When will we be able to play ps4 on the go on vita?

BabeNewelll
BabeNewelll

Wonder if this will fix the issues with remote play over the internet.

haze0986
haze0986

having a daughter, remote play is a blessing, she gets to watch her learning shows and i get to play my ps4...everyone wins, especially me when the wife wants to watch bates motel :)

canuckbiker
canuckbiker

I foresee a lot disturbing of people getting their accounts banned with the profile pic change.

neowarrior121
neowarrior121

all good iv found it fun to play my vita as my secondary ps4, uses my screen that i would use the ps4 on for tv and such. 

Marky360
Marky360

The one thing I want from the PlayStation app on my iPad is the ability to use the app in landscape mode. I hate having to turn the damn iPad upright just to use that app.

poksmote
poksmote

to be honest ive never seen a ps vita in my life

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

Hope that at some point they enable use of a DualShock 4 during Vita remote play. The DS4 is so much more comfortable than the Vita's controls

Right now it's only possible through an awkward workaround, which involves signing in to the PS4 and Vita using different accounts

earthling39
earthling39

@poksmote  I love my Vita. So glad they are keeping the updates coming. Between remote play, a library of psn/psp games, games like tearaway, metal gear 2/3 hd, killzone, unit 13, I don't play any games on my 3ds, ipad or iphone. 

Slim_Lyrics
Slim_Lyrics

@console_war_vet  Those 8.1 million people are likely very ecstatic.

canuckbiker
canuckbiker

It's become my favourite platform for indie gaming as well.

haze0986
haze0986

@Too-DementeD @poksmote @Slim_Lyrics  i aswell have only seen 2.. 1 being mine...luckily its picking up steam and devs are taking notice

Too-DementeD
Too-DementeD

@poksmote @Slim_Lyrics  A comment chain that did not result in an argument? 
...Does... not... compute... 

To be fair, I've only ever seen two PS Vita consoles, and one of them is my own.
Not sure if that says something about the console or myself, though.

poksmote
poksmote

@Slim_Lyrics  I see, I misunderstood your comment saying I started something like it was bad.

Slim_Lyrics
Slim_Lyrics

@poksmote @Slim_Lyrics  I too am being genuine and i absolutely agree about being open with each other. This is why i chose to express my own observations next to yours. You've never seen a PSVita before and i have thus showing that not everyone's experience with the device is the same. We are all sharing our experiences here.

poksmote
poksmote

@Slim_Lyrics @poksmote  i was being genuinely kind. We all should be more open with each other here for the good of the community!

canuckbiker
canuckbiker

This is true, and douchbags that need to look down on others to feel better about themselves are a dime a dozen. Old sayings are fun.

Bowser05
Bowser05

@console_war_vet @Slim_Lyrics  Why are they suckers because they enjoy consoles you don't? I own X1, PC, Wii U and 3DS...but you know what? I want the PS4 and PSVita because frankly speaking they are cool systems. Why do you have to automatically dislikes others when you choose to like one particular console?

Slim_Lyrics
Slim_Lyrics

@console_war_vet @Slim_Lyrics  Those "suckers" are busy enjoying their consoles to care.