PS Vita Firmware 1 61

Published on February 21st, 2012

Sony has released firmware update 1.61 for ahead of tonight’s launch, adding increased functionality to the handheld.

1.61 adds the option to shoot video through the Vita’s camera and includes a new Map app.

We’ve taken a little look at the app, and it seems to be a fairly basic Google maps application that lets you add flags to particular locations and get directions.

Be aware, however, that the system update process may confuse buyers with existing PSN IDs come midnight.

On initial set-up and after connecting to a wireless network, the Vita will ask if you’d like to link your existing PSN ID. However, the system will not let you tie your account to your Vita unless you’ve already updated the firmware – something which can’t be done until after you’ve completed the initial setup.

Instead, you’ll have to skip the PSN ID login and select the ‘trial’ option. Once completed, you’ll be able to update your Vita via System Settings and then login to your existing PSN ID.

PlayStation Vita launches at midnight. If you pick up a 3G version of the unit, you’ll be able to buy flagship title WipEout 2048 for just £5.

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