When you peel the wrapper off your new PS Vita tomorrow, there’s one thing you should do before jumping straight into a game: update your firmware. Sony has released firmware version 1.61, which we detailed earlier this month, adding a number of new features just in time for the console’s launch in the U.S. and Europe tomorrow.
One of those is a new Maps application, which — as you may have guessed — allows you to access maps from Google Maps on the go. It’s worth noting, however, that only the PS Vita 3G model has a built-in GPS, so the Maps app may be limited to those with a Wi-Fi only console. That’s something to bear in mind when choosing which device to go for.
In addition to Maps, the firmware adds video recording capabilities to the Photos app, and the ability to push your game reviews to Facebook when your rate titles in the PlayStation Store. The Discovery screen will now show up to 100 players you’ve met through online play, including details on how many times you’ve bumped into each other and a link to their profile.
Accompanying the update is a new Content Manager Assistant for those with a Mac, which was previously only available on Windows PCs. This will allow you to transfer music, movies, images, and other files to your device.
Now long to go now, folks. Are you excited for the PS Vita’s launch tomorrow?