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Upcoming PS Vita v1.80 Update Will Let You Use Handheld As PS3 Controller & More

PS Vita Cross-Controller

Enjoying your PS Vita? It’s about to get even better. Sony is currently preparing a version 1.80 update for the handheld that will introduce a number of useful new features by the end of August. The biggest is the ability to use the device as a controller for your PlayStation 3.

Sony announced the update at Gamescom in Cologne, Germany, earlier today. Its headline feature is “Cross-Controller” functionality, which will allow you to use the PS Vita as a controller for your PS3. It’s only compatible with certain games, including Little Big Planet 2, but it’ll allow you to use the console’s touchscreen, rear touch panel, six-axis motion sensing system, and it’s front- and rear-facing cameras.

In addition to this, the update will allow you to control the PS Vita’s home screen using the physical buttons (finally!) — not just the touchscreen. And it will add playlist support to the Music Manager app. The web browser will take advantage of the handset’s rear touch panel, and speed controls for video playback.

The Near and Maps apps, and the group messaging feature will also see minor tweaks, and you’ll be able to view MPO files in the Photos app — though there won’t be support for 3D or multi-angle viewing, according to Pocket-lint.

Finally, this update will allow you to take screenshots on the PS Vita within any game — not just those that already offer the feature, like Uncharted. Some apps, however, won’t support this.

[via Pocket-lint]

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