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PS Vita 2.0 update with web browser delight

We have some more details on the upcoming PS Vita 2.0 system update for you now and it’s really good news. In our initial report, we spoke about the discrepancies between the free PS Plus content between US and EU PlayStation Stores. That was thought to be the main feature coming in the 2.0 firmware update, but we have just learned that the PS Vita is getting another major change too – in a positive way.

If you don’t already know, the PS Vita firmware update will be rolling out to US PS Vita owners some time on Tuesday and then on the following day for consumers in Europe. The firmware update will coincide with the long awaited arrival of PlayStation Plus on the handheld and with your existing subscription, you’ll be able to score a variety of top notch PS Vita games for free along with the free games that you are already getting on PS3 – it really is good value for money.

With the added benefit of Sony’s Cross Buy incentive where PS Vita owners get certain games for free if they own its PS3 counterpart, Sony really seems to be making an effort to make their digital distribution push as reasonable as possible for consumers with limited income to spend.

While the arrival of Plus is a great thing, many owners are still hoping to see standard improvements to the core PS Vita experience and we’re delighted to say that the PS Vita web browser is getting a massive update in the 2.0 firmware update as well.

Sony’s Shuhei Yoshida has sent out a Tweet through the night, confirming that users will now be able to access the web browser in the middle of a game. At the moment, users have to quit the game first which is a major hassle, but with Sony changing the web browser status to a ‘small app’, it now becomes possible.

That’s not all though. Aside from the in-game browser support with the 2.0 update, Yoshida also adds that the general performance of the browser is better with the new update as well, with browsing speed faster than the existing one. It’s no secret that the web browser that launched out of the box needed some improvements and it’s great to see Sony going back into the Vita specifics and bringing these changes to users.

We’ll provide feedback once the update is rolling out, so we can see the new and improved browser on our 3G model. Let us know your thoughts on the web browser changes and what else you would like to see in the PS Vita 2.0 system update.

Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

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