We were just about to tell all PS Vita owners that a brand new firmware update was available to download, but unfortunately Sony has just confirmed that they have had to remove the 1.65 update with immediate effect due to a ‘technical difficulty’.
Sony had initially released firmware update 1.65 Vita via the system software update menu or on Content Manager with a computer. Due to a problem which they have now identified on the PS Blog, the system update has been removed.
According to their blog, the update has been removed due to an issue involving Ad Hoc play on certain PSP titles. It’s important to note that if you have already installed version 1.65 to your Vita, then you can still continue as normal and enjoy the changes.
As for those changes, they are not worth getting too excited about sadly. You’ll now be able to turn off notifications if you want, while a Caps Lock option has also been added to the virtual keyboard. However there are also some small changes that Sony didn’t mention on the blog and that is a percentage bar added to the installation screen and support for background downloads when manually selecting sleep mode.
If you ask any PS Vita owner, they’ll tell you that the real features that they want to see is support for PS1 titles that have already been purchased from the PS Store. It is somewhat ridiculous that the old Sony PSP Go and Xperia Play smartphone both have support for PS1 classics, but Sony’s new flagship handheld still cannot offer this simple functionality.
Combine that with the lack of advertised Remote Play support at launch, and there is still some major improvements needed to the PS Vita before users can be truly satisfied with their purchase. From our point of view, we’re disappointed at the lack of app support on the device. Sony were promising big things by allowing apps to be used on the system for the first time – but where is Skype, where is Netflix for non-US gamers and where is an instant messaging app so we have another choice other than being limited to PSN chat?
The PS Vita 1.65 update has been pulled, but then again you may argue that it wasn’t really worth installing anyway. Since it’s mandatory though, you have no say in the matter. Let us know your thoughts on the state of the Vita at the moment, a few months since launch. What would you like to see by way of improvements?