PS Vita Firmware 2.0 Adds PlayStation Plus and Improves Web Browser

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Yesterday, Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studio President Shuhei Yoshida confirmed via his Twitter account the PlayStation Vita Firmware 2.0 would be out today. The much-awaited update was released several hours ago. It will also be available in Europe on Wednesday.

He also added that the console’s web browser will become a “small app”, so users won’t have to quit games to use it.

One welcome change in tomorrow’s PS Vita FW2.0 will be the web browser becomes a ‘small app’, you won’t have to quit games to use it.

Aside from that, it will bring in improvement to the web browser, as well as add the PlayStation Plus to the console. There were claims that these changes were a result of “lots of effort” by Sony’s firmware development team in Sony Computer Entertainment Japan.

PlayStation Plus and Instant Game Collection

Other than a faster web browser, the PS Vita Firmware 2.0 will bring in the PlayStation Plus. It is a subscription service package from the PlayStation Network, which lets fans get even more from Sony portable device.

Furthermore, it was reported that service will be available on November 21. Subscriptions to PS Plus is also convenient, as it ranges from 90 days to 365 days that costs £11.99 / €14.99 and  £39.99 / €49.99 respectively.

In relation to this, Plus members will get four games; the Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Gravity Rush, Chronovolt and Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack. These games are part of the Instant Game Collection feature, wherein users will get four games every month. Also included in the collection are the usual extras, which includes free play, exclusive discounts, and online storage.

The Instant Game Collection works on both PS Vita and PS 3. Thus, users who are already subscribed on PlayStation 3 Plus will have a constant library of 14 games, and will have at least five new titles every month. That’s tantamount to 65 games every year for both consoles. What’s cool about this is that subscription on PS3 Plus will be carried over on PS Vita at no extra cost.

In addition, game saves and trophies can be synchronized automatically between the consoles. This also gives gamers up to 2 GB of game saves storage, as 1 GB of storage is available for each handheld.

Moreover, the system will automatically start up and accept updates, so that it will be ready and installed by the time gamers use it again.

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