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PS Vita Update 3.10 Adds DualShock 4 Support for PS Vita TV, Keyboards and More Unannounced Features

by on March 25, 2014 5:53 AM 15

Today Sony Computer Entertainment released the software update 3.10 for the PS Vita. However, there’s one feature that was left out from the official announcement and didn’t even appear on our western Vita units during the update. Support for the DualShock 4 controller has been added to the PS Vita TV, that previously supported only the DualShock 3.

The addition of the new controller was a quite anticipated move between PS Vita TV users, as it could open the door to a better support of many PS Vita titles. Regrettably the DualShock 4 still won’t work with the normal portable PS Vita. I bet you were hoping for a moment. I was too.

The PS Vita TV is also getting PlayStation Mobile support with this update.

Luckily there are a few quite useful and unannounced features that do involve our portable units. First of all Bluetooth keyboard support (that was previously available only for the PS Vita TV) has been extended to all PS Vitas.

In addition to that a “freeform” mode has been added to the panoramic camera application. In the Music app you can now search by keyword between the tracks in the PC to which you’re connected. The Video app can now sort files by size and the clock can be set to detect daylight savings automatically.

As a final gem, we can finally set 30 minutes as an option to enter sleep mode within the power saving settings, in addition to the previously supported 1, 3, 5 and 10 minutes options. Thank goodness.

Below you can see the other features added with this patch (and that were included in the rather lacking official announcement). Hopefully we won’t have to wait too long until the PS Vita TV is finally announced for the west. I know I want one.

  • You can now display up to 500 applications on the home screen.
  • A Calendar application has been added for PS Vita, allowing you to set up gaming events with your friends. Sync your Google calendar to have all your events with you on your PS Vita. You can also share your favorite events by using the Messages and Email applications.
  • A new “Manage Content on Memory Card” option has been added to the Content Manager application. You can now view the data on your memory card, making it easier than ever to manage content on your PS Vita. You can now view memory usage by content type, and delete content and applications.
  • You can now send and receive voice messages using the Messages application on PS Vita. Exchange voice messages with your friends and players on PS4 and PS Vita.

Join the Discussion

  • Jecht_Sin

    Does this mean that full wireless compatibility may arrive in the next PS3 update as well?

    • Giuseppe Nelva

      That’s impossible to say, I’m afraid.

      • Jecht_Sin

        I’d like to know why, though. The PS3 wireless keypad has a touchpad functionality that works with the PS3. I mean, I understand it is a separate second device, but it doesn’t look like rocket science. Also because the DS4 works wired, although with some limitations. The PS button could be emulated by the Share button.

        • Giuseppe Nelva

          No idea really :(

          • Jecht_Sin

            Well, we’ll see. I think Sony would have an economic benefit on implementing it. Maybe the issue is with the rumble. If it isn’t compatible Sony may not want to support half the product.

        • Stranger On The Road

          While it is not difficult to make, the problem is that they will have a give different button with a different label a different functionality. Companies tend to avoid doing this for an end consumers’ product.

          Plus developer won’t support the feature, it is now too late in the PS3’s life-cycle to introduce new features. What developer will want to add a touchpad feature to their game that only those with the PS3 and DS4 would use?

          So it is not impossible, but the benefit is too small to even bother with it at this stage. A developer that would like to use the touchpad on the PS3 will instead be asked to move to the PS4 or make use of the PS Move.

  • NeoTechni

    So VitaTV still lacks remote pay? And I take it the whitelist is still in place…

  • PCS4-Box U

    Thats a solid update…. Is there any word on PS Vita TV being released in the West??? I want to be able to Remote Play my PS4 from any TV in the house.

  • http://www.paulogy.com Paul

    They should strike while the iron is hot and release Vita TV in the west. There was definitely a lot of excitement before but I suspect it is waning

  • http://photovoltaik.bandcamp.com/ Ujn Hunter

    As a PSP Vita & PS4 owner, I really want the PSP Vita TV here in the West! Make it so Sony!

  • nunley33

    I know alot of people who wil like the new voice messages and you can send those to a ps4 is interesting,maybe ps4 to ps4 voice messaging is coming. This is a most wanted item with xbone owners too so the xbox converts will be happy with this.

    • Ze Bezugas

      @nunley33:disqus I dunno if you have a PS4 but you can send ps4 to ps4 voice messaging since day one you just need to press the attachment button but now works with the PS Vita it already worked with the PlayStation app…xD

  • Maggard

    So glad they updated the number of icons. It was no fun being forced to uninstall an app or icon for retail game when installing a new game or playing a retail game the first time.
    .:.
    Now I need that 64G memory card released in the West (and the PS-Vita, if course)!!!

  • cifer559

    vita tv is stupid sony wants me to buy a 100-150 doller peice of hardware to use a controller with my vita games after i buy a ps4 and vita oh and tv out was going to be in the slim but not now because of this crap vita tv i for one hope it dosnt come west and sony starts doing right by us gamers and start doing things right i shoud be able do these things from my vita and not have to buy another peice of hardware

  • Xedhadeaus

    I don’t think Sony understands their own appeal. Physical games, 10 year hardware promissory. Actual games.

    I mean, people are comparing fire tv to it and it’s not the same. Practically every one of those things can be replaced with a tablet that has an HDMI out, or even just chromecast or one of those android pc USB things. The vita tv is a vita. And I’m sorry, being able to pair a vita to practically any screen I own if I can supply power is so basic if that’s one of those universal 5v adaptors. So essentially if it is, you can take it anywhere with a screen and power. Even your car. So you won’t even have to look into a small screen at all and can have a console on the go that needs very little power.

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