As previously announced, Sony Handheld Consoles Product Planning and Platform Software Innovation Director Don Mesa has posted up a video tour today of the incoming PS Vita System Software Update v1.80 below!
Download: PS Vita Firmware 1.80 Update (US) / PS Vita Firmware 1.80 Update (EU) / PS Vita Firmware 1.80 Update (JP)
To quote: As most of you know we are releasing a pretty hefty System Software Update (v1.80) for PlayStation Vita (PS Vita), which will enhance your experience and also allow you to play PSone Classics on your device.
Before the update becomes available, I wanted to take the opportunity to walk you through some of the highlighted changes and give you a sneak preview of what you can expect.
We are working hard to ensure that all of your favorite PS one Classics titles will be available for download directly on your PS Vita via PlayStation Store (PS Store) as soon as possible.
Here is a list of PSone Classics titles that will be available for download on 8/28:
• Arc the Lad
• Cool Boarders 2
• FINAL FANTASY VII
• Hot Shots Golf 2
• Jet Moto
• Syphon Filter
• Tomb Raider
• Twisted Metal 2
• Wild Arms
For those of you who have already purchased these titles, you will be able to re-download those games directly from your PS Store account or transfer them to your PS Vita directly from your PS3 at no extra charge.
I hope you enjoyed the video; for any additional information on PS Vita System Software Update v1.80, please visit this page when the update goes live.
As always, we appreciate and look forward to your feedback and questions below.
Update: A hidden feature of the PlayStation Vita 1.80 update has been discovered by Andrefpvs, to quote from http://www.psnstores.com/2012/08/vita-firmware-1-80-allows-you-to-control-psp-games-with-touchscreen/ on it:
"Not mentioned in today’s PlayStation Blog post about Vita firmware 1.80 is the ability to control PSP games by using the touch screen. As seen in these shots below you can now assign different controller inputs to the corners of the Vita touch screen.
While this is something I would probably never use, it is still great to have the option available. Sony also seems to have added support to map the Right Stick to the L and R buttons. We will be on the look out for more stealth features added via 1.80"
According to http://www.xtremepsvita.com/2012/08/28/ps-vita-firmware-v1-80-adds-undocumented-playstation-mobile-feature/ the latest update adds an undocumented PlayStation Mobile feature as well, to quote:
"One of the undocumented features in PS Vita firmware v1.80 is PlayStation Mobile transfers – the feature that allows you to transfer PlayStation Mobile content to and from your PS3 or PC/Mac. The PlayStation Mobile service will be launching this Autumn, so firmware 1.80 adds compatibility for the service.
Until now, the only way to transfer PSM content to your Vita was using the PlayStation Mobile SDK and a PC. The new feature means gamers will be able to transfer / backup content to their PS3, and eventually download content to their PS3 from the PlayStation Mobile store."
Also according to Jucksalbe PS Vita Firmware 1.80 also locks memory cards to a single PSN account, meaning users can no longer store data from multiple accounts on one memory card. Those who try to switch accounts will get the following message:
The memory card inserted in your system is linked with the following Sony Entertainment Network account.
To use the memory card with your PS Vita system you must format the memory card.
If you format the memory card, all data on the memory card will be deleted.
Those who try to switch accounts will be asked to format the memory card, which will erase all data stored. So be sure to backup all your saves if they are on a different account before updating.
PlayStation Vita Firmware 1.80 also blocks VHBL according to wololo (via wololo.net/2012/08/28/ps-vita-firmware-1-80-blocks-vhbl/), to quote:
Well, this is a surprise, and not a good one. Vita firmware 1.80 comes with a few unwelcome updates, one of them being that it blocks VHBL.
I have good and bad news. The good news is that, as far as I could see, VHBL still runs fine on firmware 1.80. The bad news is, it is impossible to copy it to the PS Vita. The version I tested had been installed before the update to 1.80, but sadly I could confirm the 1.80 update prevents us from copying the VHBL files, ad well as homebrews, to the memory card.
Vita firmware 1.80 comes with a forced CMA update (open CMA, sadly, didn’t help to prevent that), which, among other things, has a series of more advanced checks on the files it copies from and to the Vita. Remember how we could put anything we wanted in the PSP savedata folders, and get CMA to copy that to the vita? install.zip, h.bin, etc, etc… well, all of this is over, and now only the allowed files for each specific save seem to be accepted.
Several people are already looking into this, but for now it means that our long awaited VHBL release is, at the very least, postponed, if not worse.
I am not sure this is a good strategy from Sony. As I’ve been saying for a while, VHBL is a blessing in disguise for Sony, because it distracts many skilled hackers, focusing the attention of the scene on something that is basically harmless. The day VHBL is blocked, these people will start to look for other ways to hack the vita. Note however that I am not sure if this is just Sony cleaning up their CMA code by enforcing stricter rules, or if this is intentionally made to prevent VHBL from running.
As you can imagine, I am the first one to be disappointed by this, stay tuned while we are (of course) looking for solutions...
The good news is PS Vita hacker https://twitter.com/neur0ner has Tweeted that he has bypassed this and is running VHBL on Firmware 1.80 followed by a second Tweet showing a "Hello World" running on it stating "VHBL for 1.80 with latest CMA" (Pics: pic.twitter.com/jMHSywWM and pic.twitter.com/M7QUJEV5)
Finally, for those interested a How to Transfer / Download PS One Classic Games via PS Vita guide is now available alongside a work-around video below to transfer more PSOne games from PS3 to PlayStation Vita.
Below is a list via NeoGAF of PSOne games that can be transferred using the PS3, and those that can be downloaded from the Vita store as well (in bold):
Arc the Lad
Arc the Lad II
Arcade Hits: Shienryu
Arcade Hits: Sonic Wings Special
Breath of Fire IV
Cool Boarders 2
Cyberbots: Fullmetal Madness
Dino Crisis 2
Final Fantasy Origins
Final Fantasy IV
Final Fantasy VI
Final Fantasy VII
Final Fantasy VIII
Final Fantasy IX
Front Mission 3
Hot Shots Golf 2
International Track and Field
Jet Moto 2
Jumping Flash! 2
The King of Fighters '99
Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver
Legend of Dragoon
Mega Man 2
Mega Man 3
Mega Man 4
Metal Gear Solid
Money Idol Exchanger
Parasite Eve 2
Rayman 2: The Great Escape
Resident Evil: DC
Resident Evil 2
Resident Evil 3: Nemesis
Ridge Racer 4
Saiyuki: Journey West
Street Fighter Alpha 1
Street Fighter Alpha 3
Syphon Filter 2
Syphon Filter 3
Threads of Fate
Tomb Raider 2
Tomb Raider 3
Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation
Toy Story 2
Toy Story Racer
Twisted Metal 2
Wild Arms 2
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