PS Vita 2.05 update is another disappointment

By Alan Ng - Jan 24, 2013

It has been confirmed that another firmware update is ready for download on the PS Vita. It goes without saying that the system is in dire need of some attention in the way of fresh games or system features, but unfortunately this update delivers neither. PS Vita 2.05 is available to download now, but it is the latest in Sony’s infamous security and stability update history.

We can also confirm that the update is a mandatory install as well, meaning that you are forced to install it before you can log into the PlayStation network to shop or play games online. Being a mandatory install, it also means that something has gone on behind the scenes and although Sony hasn’t mentioned it publicly, it’s more than likely due to a recent exploit that was found with the PSP game UNO.

Like MotorStorm and other games before it, hackers could manipulate the game save files and gain access to the internal files of the PS Vita. This is obviously a huge security risk to Sony after what happened with the PSP and PS3, so it’s likely that they’ve halted progress on any new OS functionality to patch up the exploit asap.

UNO has now been removed off the PlayStation Store like other affected PSP games and PS Vita owners are now sitting on another new firmware update with no new features to play around with. It would be lovely if these frequent security patches came with a little something extra on top, just to make the painful experience a little more bearable than installing mandatory updates with no benefit to the user.

After the recent Resident Evil Revelations snub from Capcom, we’re looking to see what is going to be the next big game to land on the system. We’ve heard no further information on the mystery Phantom Pain Metal Gear-esque game, but Soul Sacrifice is certainly looking very promising.

Let us know where you stand on these mandatory updates will no functionality added to the system every time. Are you willing to put up with it, or should changes be made?

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Also See: PS4 5.50 update notes for March 8