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.