We have some good news for PS Vita now as some new content is finally on the way. Sony has announced three new applications that are coming to the handheld device, although you may be a little disappointed to hear that they aren’t some of the most requested apps.
PS Vita owners will know that one of the glaring omissions from the system at launch is a lack of Adobe Flash support. This means that the already below-par web browser isn’t very ideal when it comes to viewing Flash orientated websites and perhaps worst of all – there is still no YouTube app.
You would have thought that this would be a certainty for a multimedia device that can handle applications, especially with Sony’s new focus on social media and sharing on a global level. Unfortunately though, YouTube is still off the radar and it doesn’t appear to be landing any time soon.
What you will get though are three new apps called Paint Park, Treasure Park and Wake Up Club respectively. The first is a basic paint program which allows you to make simple sketches on your device. You can edit photos that are stored on the Vita with some funny effects and then send them off to a local social space or to other users found via Near.
The next app is called Treasure Park it allows you and your friends to engage in a series of puzzle solving over 3G or WiFi and again, Near support is included so you can solve puzzles with new friends found. Finally, the last app Wake Up Clock is a fancy little Alarm Clock app, which allows you and your friends to sync a set time together. Obviously, you are not going to use this to wake up together, but we’re guessing that Sony has built this to allow friends to set a specific time for groups of friends to go online and play multiplayer at the same time. This feature may come in handy if the Call of Duty game supports clan battles for example – you get the idea.
These apps are all free and the first one Paint Park will be available from the PlayStation Store on Wednesday – the other two apps will release in the Summer. With that said and done, we still can’t hide our disappointment over a lack of Skype, YouTube as mentioned above or Netflix for non-US countries. Those are just some examples of apps that are badly needed on the system, although we would like to see an instant messenger as well, or even support for Draw Something.
What are your thoughts on the apps – which one seems the most useful to you? Are you a little bit disappointed as well with the current offering? What’s your current take on no YouTube support?