No website anywhere on this wonderful information superhighway loves firmware updates the way that Front Towards Gamer does, so imagine our excitement when Sony finally dated one of the most hotly-anticipated updates yet at their Gamescom conference on Tuesday! That’s right, PS Vita firmware v1.80, which pushes the Vita to its technical threshold by allowing playback of PSone Classics, will be making its way to Europe on August 28th. While Sony has yet to give release dates for other regions, it’s hard to imagine that they won’t fall at the same time.
Firmware v1.80 will bring a wealth of other features and tweaks, including the ability to navigate the home user interface with the face buttons, cross-controller compatibility for games such as LittleBigPlanet 2 and LittleBigPlanet Vita, and something or other to do with “near.” No one knows what “near” does even six months after the Vita launch, so whatever, right?
The full list of features besides PSone Classics functionality is below, taken from the PlayStation Blog:
The new Cross-Controller feature will allow you to use the 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.
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.
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.
Rear touch pad operation will be supported by the browser, allowing you to scroll through and zoom out of pages without obscuring the screen.
The following controls have been added to Videos:
- Playback speed control
- Repeat play
Viewing photos in MPO format will now be supported, with the ability to transfer MPO files from PS3™ and PC using Content Manager.
* 3D and multi-angle viewing are NOT supported.
Along with some new layout enhancements, you will be able to take photos to add as attachments when writing Group Messages.
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” 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.
Source — PlayStation Blog