Sony have detailed the next PlayStation Vita firmware update this morning, including information about PSOne Classics support and the new cross-controller feature. Version 1.80 is expected to be available before the end of August (PSOne Classics, which require the firmware, will be available on August 28th.)
Features of the update include:
- Cross Controller Support: Cross Controller will allow you to use your PS Vita as a controller with compatible PS3 games, including LittleBigPlanet 2.
- Controls: You will now be able to control the home screen and some application features by using the PS Vita's buttons, rather than being restricted to using touchscreen input alone
- Music: Playlists, including those made in iTunes (10.6.3 or later), now supported.
- Web Browser: Can now use rear touch to scroll through web pages, zoom in and out, etc.
- Video: Playback speed control and repeat play option added
- Photos: Multi Picture Object (MPO) format images supported (although 3D and multi-angle viewing of this enhanced JPEG standard are not supported.)
- Group Messaging: Layout changes, plus the ability to take photos to add as attachments from within the group messaging app.
- Maps: Button added to switch between "Search for Location" and "Search for Directions" modes, touch and hold to drop a flag at a location.
- Near: The "near" app will now be able to gather information about Wi-Fi access points while not connected to the Internet, and then update location-based data when the user is connected to the Internet at a later time.