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PS Vita firmware update 1.69 disappoints again

It is fair to say that it hasn’t really been a good week for PS Vita owners. Yes, the announcements for Assassin’s Creed 3: Liberation and PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale were great, but the blatent Vita ‘no show’ at E3 is unforgiving for some PS Vita owners and their mood is unlikely to change once they find out that Sony is prepping another worthless firmware update.

We don’t want to sound too harsh since we love our Vita, but there comes a time when Sony needs to provide a little more clarity on these frequent security and stability software updates that they keep bringing out on PS3 and Vita, at the expense of new functionality, simple functionality improvements that owners are begging Sony to implement.

PS Vita firmware update 1.69 is coming very soon Sony has just said, but the bad news is that it won’t add any new features to the Vita, other than improve software stability – a favorite terminology that Sony has enjoyed using numerous times. It would be better if they at least referenced which software they are improving to add to these stability fixes, but staying silent and dishing out these one sentence patch updates is surely a recipe for disaster if they keep going this way.

A few of the comments we’ve read over at the PS Blog sum up the problem perfectly. Users are crying out for a decent web browser on the PS Vita, one which has the ability to play flash videos from YouTube direct from the browser. The very basic smartphone can do this with ease, so to think that the ‘state of the art Vita’ cannot even do this – should we ask ourselves, is this really good enough from Sony?

The remote play situation is a shambles at the moment as well. After showing off Killzone 3 at the 2011 Tokyo Game Show, basically as a ploy for consumers to buy the system at launch in Japan, the feature is still nowhere to be seen – 10 months later. There’s no hiding away from this either – Sony should have really at the very least shown off some more remote play support for titles and given consumers evidence that they are still working hard in this area.

It’s a shame to be talking so much about the negatives, as it’s clear that the system has heaps of potential. Jack Tretton has said that the PS3 is ‘just hitting its stride’, but is the Vita in danger of its stride becoming completely irrelevant with a lack of support?

We thought basic YouTube support would have been there from day one but it hasn’t happened. A lack of Flash support can perhaps be forgiven, given the current stance from Adobe with regards to their mobile Flash player. As we install this latest 1.69 firmware update though – it’s clear that Sony still has a lot to do if they are to win over fans. We’ve seen a lot of promises, but a real lack of action at the moment.

Are you a Vita owner? If so, let us know if you think we’re being harsh towards the system, or if you are thinking along the same lines. Expect a notification for firmware 1.69 soon, the update is an optional one.

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.

Contact Alan Ng: alan@product-reviews.net

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tim
tim

i dont think it was to harsh persay cause it does have some down falls like not being able to play flash games on fb or videos but yous couldve really said more to all the good it has like a front and back camera, or the fact its 3g and dont forget the front and back touchscreen. in my opinion its the best handheld game system/(computer, minus the flash player lol). So my hats off to sony lets just hope they get everything worked out with the flash player.

Gamer4life
Gamer4life

I bought the vita about a month after uk release and in all honesty the selling point for me was remote play on ps3 titles. Right now I have not invested a single penny in Sony ps vita or ps3 games just simply out of protest that the vita is a long way from the previews at E3 2011 and that fans a screaming out for stuff that simply is not being delivered. I think Sony vita owners in general feel any real connection to the Sony brand and it’s product and this may show in their next Financial Report.… Read more »

Noone
Noone

I bought a Vita on release day specifically for remote play. When I found out it wasn’t available, I returned it. If and when they make remote play available, I will buy it again.

Badash187
Badash187

I like the Vita especially for uncharted but theres just a few things that bug me about it, firstly sometimes i just wish i could use the dpad and buttons to navigate and scroll through the screens rather than always use touch, remote play is another big feature that needs work on, the vita should be able to access media servers in the same way as the PS3 does, the fact that not all my psp games work on it and even worse psone games dont work on it either. In some ways i actually wish i still kept my psp go… Read more »

VITA OWNER
VITA OWNER

I just bought a vita over 3 weeks ago and i am very happy with my purchase. There are plenty of games on the PS Store to download and play. I would be happy though if i could use my vita as an interactive remote with the PS3 such as for typing when using the internet, sending messages etc. Also having PS HOME would be a big bonus! I am sure sony could give us that much! but yes I do agree that i also want more FPS games to keep me going later on. 

krill123
krill123

I bought it solely for vita’s remote play feature and boy was I ticked when I found out nothing works for it. Disapointed that Sony lied to me. I am keeping hope that they will keep promise and deliver in future  updates. 

me
me

i seriously dont see a problem. it’s an update get over it

VitaUser
VitaUser

ps.. when people say theres no good games on vita have you played resistance burning skies, ninja gaiden sigma plus, Mortal Kombat, uncharted golden abyss, metal gear solid hd collection, gravity rush….
and when people say there nothing good coming out theres Assassin’s Creed III Liberation, LittleBigPlanet , Soul Sacrifice, PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, Warrior’s Lair and many more.
To say it has nothing good or nothing good coming is down right stupid.

VitaUser
VitaUser

I really hate how people are bitching about the vita updates and flash support, WHO THE HELL CARES.  Did you buy the vita just for flash? Or to play some badass games down the road? and is the frequent updates really a inconvenience to you? Would you rather they hardly update it? Honestly after owning a ps3 long before the PSvita i have learned that patience is a virtue. Just like ps1,2,3 they all take time to reach there true potential. If your so angry about flash maybe blame adobe more? they are the ones not supporting us not sony… Also vs smarphones… Read more »

Redhulkhates
Redhulkhates

VITA owner here, and what can be said really that hasn’t. i got this expecting new level of handheld play what I got was a system with no games and very few upcoming titles, 3ds has a miniport of all console titles that are not exculsives,even a shrunk down version of ps3 games are exciting if it were true. give me dark siders 2, twisted metal, dc online skyrim prototype ect and if they are porting over titles to vita hows bout the same day as the console release complete editions doesnt mean anything but i have a chance to… Read more »

Guest
Guest

It’s Sony, what did you expect? They did the same sh*t with the PS3! Overhype and underdeliver all the way! It’s no wonder they are going straight into bankruptcy!

Batcomputer900
Batcomputer900

I believe the is all good. The ps vita it a great potential but they don’t keep the promise Sony is losing the battle and im so mad becouze I just go the ps vita about a month ago I love it but it be much better.

Pinkfloyd_9
Pinkfloyd_9

I agree with the report, I’m annoyed at Sony for the fact that before launch they promised so much stuff, we saw ps3 games being played on the vita but we can’t play any, well, maybe Lair, but who plays that now? They announced ps1 classics coming to vita like it was a big thing?? Even the psp could do that, this should have been available since day 1 If they wanted something big to announce then have PS2 classics available for vita They need much more games, to be honest, not fussed about YouTube app, I can do that… Read more »

Stanley Yu

you guys are not being harsh, just stupid. It’s not even mandatory.

J4ygu
J4ygu

I totally agree, The unit has great potential but not being fulfilled.
I think at the moment with the price of the unit as is and extras you have to buy .
It would make better sense to buy an iPad and get free games.easy web browsing better operating system and better functionality.
I say this unbiased as I own both .
I hope it does succeed but I will give it a few more months and possibly get rid if Sony don’t pull there finger out !!

Sony
Sony

Vita much like the iPad doe not have flash. But it is untrue that it can’t play videos online. In late June this year Vita will be getting a YouTube app.

Mikeslink420
Mikeslink420

I’m shocked there were almost NO vita games announced at e3. I want my remote play, heck playstation home on vita would sell millions more systems I think. I platinumed burning skies in about 8 hours wth is that? I would like to see more gameloft games ported from ios. How long could that take really? Come on Sony! I love my vita, but I need more games!

Christopher Chalek
Christopher Chalek

Still no remote play…heartbreaking. This would offset the lack of major titles overnight. Sure I don’t have a Vita specific Killzone, but at least I could be running my PS3 version through my Vita. Cmon Sony it’s time to come to Vita’s rescue.

Zul_zero09
Zul_zero09

need patient on this year…. 😀

Neil_jr
Neil_jr

Remote play NOW people with homebrew firmware are doing it why can’t Sony?

Sushil
Sushil

This is absoulutely ridicilous from sony. I was expecting that on the next update they would add flash but no, they havent and now I am thinking why have I bought this vita. I bought this vita  so that I could watch videos when I am going elsewhere but again I have to say SONY has made this absolutely dissapointing. So I hope in the next update they do put flash and also include other new features such as being able to use the web while playing the game as well.

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I really like my Vita. It’s got a BEAUTIFUL screen and am having fun with some PSP games I never got around to as well as the Vita Uncharted and Vita Disgaea. I agree, if you are going to WOW then you have to have equal ability as today’s smartphone.

Qdmartin
Qdmartin

well sony could be very busy at the moment, they have other stuff than just games to work on.  But I’m sure if we be patient, better things will come to the vita

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