The PS Vita is a great portable console, but the system software does have a long way to go before it can be called “perfect”. Like the PSP before it, Sony released firmware updates to add and update features on the console, making it better with each major update. The next big update to the PS Vita will be Firmware v2.0, and here is what we want to see included.
There are a lot of things that could be tweaked and changed on the PS Vita. Far too many for us to cover, and definitely far too many for Sony to action all in one go. The below list covers the features we want to see the most in the next major firmware update.
Auto-Update and Background Downloads
If you are a PlayStation Plus subscriber, the PS3 automatically downloads firmware updates and game patches while you sleep, meaning you waste less time downloading patches when you actually just want to play. The PS Vita would benefit from such a feature, however, it should only be enabled when the PS Vita is plugged-in so your battery isn’t wasted when you are on the go.
Full Remote Play
Is is one feature everyone is hoping for – the ability to play any PS3 game using Remote Play. This feature would definitely be a system seller for Sony. Being able to play a full PS3 game from anywhere in the house (via Wi-fi), or even on the go (via 3G) would be a great plus for PS3 and PS Vita owners. It would also be useful if screenshots could be taken in the Remote Play app.
PS Vita Themes
The PS3 and PSP both support themes – allowing users to customise the console’s colours, fonts, icons etc – something that is missing from the Vita. We would love to see theme support as well as dynamic themes on the portable console. For now, at lease users can customise the wallpaper and have a different one for each page.
PS Vita users are restricted when it comes to surfing the net on their console. For example, YouTube doesn’t work in the browser, but there is an app coming to address the issue. It would be great to see Flash support on the console, like both the PS3 and PSP already have. It would let users use sites like Vimeo and enjoy flash games.
It’s annoying that the PS Vita takes a few seconds to take and save screenshots. We’re hoping Sony can speed this up so gamers can take more screenshots quicker. If not, at lease remove the “Please wait” dialog so gamers can continue to play a game.
Something that was announced by Sony back in August 2011 was that the PS Vita could be used to control a PS3, either as a replacement for the DualShock 3 or as a second screen. Neither of the two ever became a reality, except for the upcoming patch for LittleBigPlanet 2. It would be great to see the Vita work as a universal controller for all PS3 games, using the rear touch pad to replace the L2/R2 and L3/R3 buttons.
The PS Vita is limited to 10 pages of Apps / Games, with each page supporting a maximum of 10 items (100 items in total). This can easily be used up if you consider the amount of content available on the Vita – minis titles, apps, PSP titles, PS Vita titles etc. Folders would make this a bit easier to manage. For example, we can then group our apps or games into sub-folders.
Use of Buttons
Almost all the PS Vita apps use the touch screen as the sole method of input, which can be a bit annoying. Adding button support to the apps would help in some cases, e.g. using the arrows to scroll the browser to make reading easier, browse photos quickly, or control video playback.
Save Icon Ordering / Preferences
If you’ve even tried to sway your PS Vita memory card, you will notice that it re-orders all the content – it basically forgets the order you put your icons in. This is petty annoying if you have more than one memory card. The PS Vita should remember your preferences so if you need to sway your memory card, it will retain your icon order.
At the moment, you cannot use the Vita’s browser app while playing games. Pretty annoying if you need to quickly look-up something but don’t have access to another device. The ability to use the browser while playing a game would be beneficial to most gamers.
Blue-tooth File Sharing
The PSP let users beam photos from one console to another, making photo sharing so much easier. This isn’t something that is available on the PS Vita, despite it’s Wi-fi and blue-tooth capabilities. This is another feature that should be added in. For now, users can at lease message photos to friends using the [Group Messaging] app.
PSOne and PS2 Classics
PSOne classics are coming very soon, but it would be great if PS2 classics were also supported on the device. The PS Vita hardware could easily handle PS2 games so why stop at just adding PSOne classics support.