PS Vita System Software Update (v1.61)

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PS Vita System Software Update (v1.61)

Now that some of you early adopters have PlayStation Vita in your hands, we’re going to begin keeping you posted on any changes to system software here on PlayStation Blog.

PlayStation Vita (updated image)

In preparation for Wednesday’s wide release of PS Vita, tonight we’re making System Software Update (v1.61) available for download. If you are just turning on your PlayStation Vita for the first time, this update will add the following features:

  • A new application, (Maps), has been added to the home screen.
  • In addition to photos, you can now take videos using the Photo application.
  • You can now publish stories about the products that you rate in PlayStation Store to Facebook.
  • In near, players’ information is now displayed on the Discoveries screen. On this screen, a list of the online IDs of up to 100 players that you have encountered, and the number of times that you encountered each player, are displayed. Tap an online ID to display that player’s profile screen.
  • The Mac OS version of Content Manager Assistant for PlayStation has been released. The Windows version has also been updated.

You can download Content Manager Assistant from here. Refer to the website to find out how to install the application.

If you have already updated your PS Vita to 1.60, 1.61 will improve certain aspects of the system software.

There are a few ways to update the firmware on your PS Vita:

  • Select “System Update” under the “Settings” menu and download the firmware directly to your PS Vita over Wi-Fi.
  • Connect your PS Vita to a PS3 or a PC/Mac and update via Content Manager.

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  • hmm i already had the map app since i got my Vita last week i guess i will check to see if there are any changes made to it.

  • Hey PSN, release more demos on PSN for Vita, we want people to buy the games right, then release the demos that are available to retailers to Vita owners, I want to try them all out before I plunge the cash for them new games!

  • Oh, and can you publish them apps already!! How about some AR Games while you are at it!

  • The vita is what the psp should have been.

  • loving my vita 1.61 is just making it better

  • @44 what are you talking about? Since when is an update a bad sign? ps3 is still getting updates. New features is some how a bad thing? Jealous mommy won’t buy you one?

  • @grimmm it’s just the software update not the map thingy again// that’s in 1.60..

    I agree with most people here, its really hard to jump from app to app it’s just getting annoying and kind of slow.. they should have made the “friend-party-message” app in one.. I hope this gets updated soon//

  • @44, have a girlfriend shortage??… oh do you even have one??.. hahaha

  • Going to the midnight launch and I have the wifi version reserve . Any reason why I should changed my mind to get the 3G version .

  • @57 you should get the 3G, I mean you will just add 50$ for a better one, who knows you might find the 3G useful when you need it. :)

  • We need a firmware for the PS3 that has you able to see the trophies you have been earning on the Vita. Moreover, when signed in on the Vita, PS3 users should be able to see that they are on the Vita.

  • this is how a handheld is suppose to be. as long as i had my psp go. ive used my vita more.

  • I have a request for the next update that should not go un-noticed: HTML5 SUPPORT!! Seriously, it offends me that it doesn’t support html5!

  • Ps vita is very nice was wondering if u guys can put an email app , and need an delete all button for messages received in group messaging. Ohh and one other thing when in standbye mode it always has to connect to the network when it wakes that’s ok but should be once not every app Eric please fix these issues

  • I had the maps icon on my home before the update.

  • something that needs to be patched is when i sign in on my PS Vita it doesn’t show up on my ps3 (and im friends with my ps3) because i made a different account. it always shows im offline and that would be something worth looking into.
    on the other hand love my PS Vita and enjoying it VERY much! i do reccomand against little deviants as a game to get. i was excited for it but is not that great. can’t wait for a Call of Duty game for it though! i hope news about that comes out soon!!!

  • I wish the Psvita had a video out.

  • PlayStation Vita is AMAZING!! So glad I preordered the first edition bundle.. one thing I hope you add in the near future… please add support for the Vita content manager to transfer my playlists for my MUSIC and PICTURES from my PS3.. would be very appreciative.. also speaking of NEAR… its cool to see soo many PlayStation Peeps living nearby. Cannot wait for COD Vita and NBA Vita 2k13!!

  • I was freaking out because I was playing little deviants and it gliched I didn’t know that you had to hold the power till it went Into a setting to restart the system.

  • Is there a Linux version of the Content Manager?? I’m using Kubuntu 11.10. Are you planing to release a Linux version of the Content manager in the future if it isn’t already available??

  • awesome i will download now :P

  • Is there any way to clear the Near location history? Every time I go do an Near update the Vita gets the current location successfully and then gives the Sharing Settings dialog. Once I click the Ok button to share my location a useless dialog says “An Error occurred” and then doesn’t send update data.

    I have been stuck in this error case since 2/16/12 and the 1.61 Update did not fix the problem.

    Any help you could lend would be great?

  • Hey guys since this new update everytime u change out games/cards or wutever u have to restart your vita or it says the file is corrupt. And also if u remove a game it try’s to install constantly unless u restart your vita. It has to be this update cuz I’ve been doing this for days and then as soon as I update my vita this happens. Well anyway u guys may wanna iron this out before the 22nd.

  • @71, you shouldn’t remove the card everytime you wish to use it, because vita = 1 memory card only, if you want to change our card (memory) you should turn off your vita then change it, you cannot do this at stand-by mode it will just corrupt all your file in the memory card.

  • Can’t wait for my vita, really excited for this amazing system :D

  • @72 I’m not talking about the memory card. I have a 32GB memory card for that reason. I’m talking about the little cards the games come on….. U know the cards the games come on when u don’t download them…..

  • @74, oh okay.. hmm try deleting the “app” installed on your vita and reinstall it using the card.. It will work that way.. and update the game before you launch it. I had that same problem.

  • @44: Obvious troll is obvious. All hardware should have firmware updates these days. Every computer has updates. You remember those computers? They were short lived, eh? How about that iOS, perfect when it released and has been the same ever since! You really want something to be static forever and never change? Have fun with your walkman and toaster.

    @5: That’s probably more taxing on the hardware. So I like it the way it is. I’ll never use Party, so why the hell should it be running within an app just so I can keep my friends list open? And why should Group Messaging be lumped in there if I don’t want to use it? I like it better separate. Lets people use what they want and leave the rest closed.

  • I still can’t get Near (or maps) to find my location here in Canada. My iPod Touch can do it. So PSVita should be able to as well.

    And please fix Super Stardust Delta C2-12383-7 error please. It’s driving me crazy not being able to play this. :/

  • Is there going to be Skype on he vita soon or is it on the vita already.

  • I already got the Maps application and the ability to record video with the camera in 1.60. Why are the very same features being reintroduced in 1.61?

  • Hey PSN – A great feature on a competitors handheld console is the ability to download demos, software and firmware updates during ‘sleep’ mode. When the handheld is docked it is still connecting wirelessly and downloads these queued items. Any chance of seeing that on a Vita? Thanks and great work on the Vita – its looking so awesome!

  • stop teasing, I don’t get mine until tomorrow. I feel like a child at Christmas – I’m 40!!!!

    can’t bloody wait. Only 1 more sleeps

  • hope they add free game downloads for the vita for us playstation plus members

  • While the world is waiting for the promissed remoteplay update,
    You give us this?

  • I’m gonna by PS Vita when it have the MiniHDMI port (never before that) really very nessessary. connection !.

  • My download list is HUGE (I’ve been downloading since the day PS3 launched) Can you filter out the content that Vita can’t download? Or add a search?

  • the mini HDMI port on NGP was the thing, i was looking forward to, now i don’t see that anymoore ?

  • If only there’s a Google Voice app instead of Skype. I don’t like using Skype…

  • ok so wheres the most important apps like netflix or maybe even youtube?im disapointed..

  • now why cant we see ps3 system updates that are substantial like this instead of the usual “Improves playback of titles”

    the PS3 is falling further and further behind on the features

    just by changing simple things like moving “Eject Disc” back to where its underneath “Start” so i stop starting a stupid internet search for games i already know about instead of ejecting a game would work wonders

    and hiding the plus features and move load screen for people that down have playstation plus and people that dont have the move controller would be nice.. o and 1 more thing.. leaving copy protection on certain games is a poor way to draw people to signing up to playstation plus too!!

  • i dont really care about facebook or twitter i just want some darn netflix sony better get this app up and going or i will be done with sony and i hope they are reading what im saying and they better pick up great games as well such as the atelier series harvest moon and way more Jrpgs then the psp because if they dont i will be done with them all together and also i hate call of duty wouldn’t even pay $10 for that crappy game

  • Hope this fixes the PSN bug IGN reported

  • I think it is really time to split the blog up or have the ability to do so, so we dont have to hear about devices or features we do not have or the concerns for them.

  • What time does PSN update?

  • Something else must have been added. I’ve had the ability to record video and post to facebook since 1.60 came out.

  • @64 Activision has announced that they do have a Call of Duty game releasing this fall 2012 for the PS Vita. What they haven’t said is if it’s a port of the PS3 and Xbox 360 version or a new IP version of Call of Duty. My guess though is that its a port. lol Call of Duty 4 Modern Warfare was such a game changer for the 1st person shooter genre. But ever since, its like Activision has just been releasing updated versions with new mapsand weapons for $60. This series will be known as the game that revolutionized 1st person shooters but it will also be known as the biggest milking cow ever. This game just keeps getting milked and it just keeps on ticking. Now, Activision is going to be milking CoD on the Vita too! Jeez! Hopefully it’s decent and brings something new to this stale series.

  • As everyone before me has said, I have had the Vita since before the 15th and it has always had the Maps application and the ability to record videos. What is NEW with with this update? Oh, and I must agree with everyone asking for PSOne Classic support. Hopefully that will be available today along with the other apps that Rey said were scheduled to release. I love my Vita but of the 60 minis I have, and the 50 PS One classics, I cant seem to play any of them. I understand the PS One support wasn’t supposed to be available day one, but why won’t my Minis work? Also, Netflix/Twitter/FB/Four Square/ and the promised free AR games would be nice about now. Thanks for listening, rock on!

  • @88 all that stuff wont be there till the real release date Feb 22 … till then we wont see netflix etc

  • Can’t wait for my PS Vita! :^)

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