PS Vita Firmware 2.00 Brings PS Plus Support

by Mike Bendel November 13, 2012 @ 10:23 am

Sony’s announced that PS Vita firmware 2.00 is due out next week on November 19 and with it comes the inclusion of PlayStation Plus support. The initial lineup in North America will include a bevy of free games as part of Sony’s “Instant Game Collection” incentive, featuring Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Jet Set Radio HD, WipEout 2048, Gravity Rush, Tales From Space: Mutant Blobs Attack, and PSP title Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions.

As you’d expect, other Plus perks like automatic updates, trophy syncing, and cloud storage for saves have been carried over to the Vita as well. Firmware 2.00 includes a new app that allows users to easily sync up with their mail accounts from GMail, Yahoo, and other providers. Up to 500 email accounts and 5000 contacts can be added. There’s also support for email alerts via notification popups.

Moreover, Sony has added support for 1080p video playback as well as a new Online Storage option in the PS Vita’s Content Manager, allowing PS Plus subscribers to backup and transfer content from cloud storage. You can also now connect wirelessly via a PC to transfer files over a network. Lastly, the web browser has received a complete overhaul with a new rendering engine that leverages the PS Vita’s GPU. Look for a trailer below that details more of the changes in this rather sizable update.

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