It has suddenly become very apparent that Sony have realized that they need to work a lot harder to make the Vita the success that it has the potential to be. The release of the Wii U is only in a couple of months away and Sony need to create a lot of momentum in order to benefit from its earlier entry to the market.
The Wii U Pro Controller will also have dual analog sticks so the Vita will no longer be unique in this respect. The competition between these 2 will be fierce and pretty cut-throat. The reality is this, a lot of gamers own an X-Box 360 and a PS3, but very, very few will invest in a Vita and also a Wii U. One portable gaming console is enough for most gamers so Sony need to really grab that market while they have the chance and they’re off to a great start with all the exciting Vita announcements so far at GamesCom 2012.
On August 14th at GamesCom, the main announcements for the Vita were new titles and also Cross Buy and Cross Controller, click here to see what Sony said so far, but then on August 15th they announced even more new features for the Vita that will be made available through the system software update Version 1.80, scheduled on August 28, 2012.
This means that in a couple of weeks you will have the following features available on your Vita
- Original PlayStation titles on the PS Vita’s 5-inch OLED display.
- Control the home screen and some features in applications, such as Video, Music or Settings, using the buttons on PS Vita.
- Variable speed playback, fast-rewind and fast-forward, and repeat play will be supported in the Video application.
- Music playlists which are imported from PS3 or iTunes under Music application will be supported.
- Cross-Controller icon will be added to the LiveArea under the Remote Play application to enable users to play PS3 format software by using their PS Vita as a controller.
Further to these additions, Playstation Plus, the membership service that can be purchased from PlayStation Store, will be made available to Vita users this year. This means that Vita users will have access to a variety of services including game collections, 60 minute full game trials and big discounts.
This ape reckons that Sony will work vigorously to promote the PS Vita platform and that means more features will be made available to Vita gamers. There is a lot of money to be made in the portable gaming market and Sony don’t want to miss out.