During the Tokyo Game Show, Sony announced that it would be bringing the PlayStation Plus service to the Vita sometime this year. In a post on the PlayStation Blog made earlier today, ‘later this year’ was confirmed to mean ‘November 20th.’
Next week, the 2.00 software update for the Vita goes live, and it brings with it several new features. An e-mail app will be added to the Vita, letting you add five e-mail addresses to your Vita, which you can then receive notifications for on the handheld. There are also some minor updates to the system’s web browser being made, which are detailed in the video below, (it does a better job explaining them than I could, I think). You will also be able to transfer content from your PC to your Vita wirelessly, in case pulling the cable out of the charger and plugging into the computer got on your nerves.
But the biggest news for the software update is the addition of PlayStation Plus to the handheld. Everything that the service brought to the PlayStation 3, it will be bringing to the handheld: online storage for game saves, automatic updates and trophy synchronization, and, perhaps best of all, an Instant Game Collection specifically for the Vita. The Collection will be available starting as soon as the update goes live next Tuesday, and will include five games to start with: Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Jet Set Radio HD, Wipeout 2048, Gravity Rush, and Tales From Space: Mutant Blobs Attack! Sony is also throwing a PSP classic, Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions, into the group.
A separate Instant Game Collection for the Vita is definitely a step in the right direction, and, since PlayStation Plus members only need one subscription to access PS+ features on both the PlayStation 3 and the PS Vita, this certainly adds more value to the already excellent service. Whether it proves to add life to the struggling handheld, though, remains to be seen, though it has to be said that, with the holidays just around the corner, the timing couldn’t be better.
Check out the video below for more details on the Vita’s next software update, which will go live November 20th.