I'm a nut for the Hot Shots Golf franchise. However, the lackluster multiplayer in the PS Vita iteration was one of the main problems I had with the title. In fact, I'd argue the product shipped with a poor excuse for friendly multiplayer, something Sony touted the PS Vita would be so perfect for.

A good friend and I would hop into a lobby while in different cities and have a heck of a time actually playing in the same tournament. It was frustrating, and not what I'd expect from such a strong golf franchise. Now? We'll be able to go head-to-head whilst vocally heckling from the comfort of our separate homes.

Here, from the PlayStation Blog, are the major additions and tweaks gamers can expect when it comes time to take on their friends.

Invite friends to play in private tournaments

Whereas before you could only play in Real Mode tournaments that were open to all, now you can create private tournaments for you and up to seven friends, as well as private rooms in the online lobby space. Out on the course, you'll be able to see your opponent's ball after each shot, and between holes you can also use text chat to communicate with your friends, on the scorecard screen.

Stroke Mode (Head-to-Head)

Previously Ad-Hoc only. A head-to-head competition for two players, where the golfer with the best results at the end of a round wins. You'll be able to chat with and heckle your opponent between holes.

Match Mode (Head-to-Head)

Previously Ad-Hoc only. This is also a head-to-head competition for two players, but this time it's the first competitor to get to 3UP status during a round who wins. Once more, chat and heckling is possible between holes.

The patch will arrive for PS Vita owners this evening. Just pop the title into your system (unless you purchased a digital copy), tap the game to load up its Live Area and tap the update icon. You'll obviously need to be connected to the internet in order to do so.

[via PlayStation Blog]

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