PS Vita firmware 1.80 now available, PSone Classics support added

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The day many PS Vita owners have been eagerly anticipating has finally arrived! A few hours ago system update 1.80 went live, bringing PSone Classics support to the handheld along with a number of other tweaks and improvements.

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The update weighs in at 102 MB and introduces the following changes:

  • Cross Controller

    • The new Cross-Controller feature will allow you to use PS Vita as a controller to play compatible games on PS3, such as LittleBigPlanet 2. This feature lets you take advantage of PS Vita’s rich features including the touch screen, rear touch pad, six-axis motion sensing system, and cameras.
      To access the cross controller feature you need to launch the Remote Play application and then click on the Cross-Controller icon.
  • Controls

    • As many of you have requested, you will now have the option to control the home screen and some features of applications such as Videos and Music with the buttons on the PS Vita system.
  • Music

    • Playlists will be supported in Music. You will be able to transfer iTunes (10.6.3 or later), M3U, and M3U8 playlists from a PS3 or a PC using Content Manager.
  • Web Browser

    • Rear touch pad operation will be supported by the browser, allowing you to scroll through and zoom out of pages without obscuring the screen.
  • Video

    • The following controls have been added to Videos:
      - Playback speed control
      - Repeat play
  • Photos

    • Viewing photos in MPO format will now be supported, with the ability to transfer MPO files from PS3 and PC using Content Manager.
  • Group Messaging

    • Along with some new layout enhancements, you will be able to take photos to add as attachments when writing Group Messages.
  • Maps

    • The Maps feature has been improved by adding a button on the top screen to switch between “Search for Location” and “Search for Directions.” You can also touch and hold a location on the map and place a user flag.
  • “near”

    • “near” will be able to gather the information of surrounding Wi-Fi access points without internet connection and update the location data based on it later. You can get location data within the area covered by Wi-Fi location services.

Here’s a video showing some of these new features in more detail:

Sony will be adding more PSone Classics to the PlayStation Store on PS Vita every week, but it’s also possible to transfer any PSone titles that you have stored on your PS3 to your Vita. However these will only copy across if the PSone Classics on your PS3’s hard drive have not yet been installed.

Which PSone titles are you looking forward to playing on your PS Vita? Let us know in the comments.

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