Sony have just made a massive announcement at Gamescom today, revealing the next PS Vita System Software Update v1.80, which will be hitting Vita’s sometime in late August and will bring a shed load of features including support for PSone classics, as well as the new Cross-Controller technology.

The first and my most looked forward to feature is of course the new Cross-Controller which allows you to use your PS Vita to play compatible games on the PS3, such as LittleBigPlanet 2 and will allow you to use the Vita’s touch screen and rear touch pad to control the player on the PS3, users will also be able to use the six-axis motion sensing system and cameras.

After updating to the latest firmware you will also have the option to control the home screen amongst other features within an application like videos or music.

Playlists will also be supported in music, allowing you to transfer your iTunes playlists from your PC or PS3 using Content Manager, there will also be better rear touch pas operation supported by the browser allowing you to easily scroll and zoom into or out of pages without obscuring the screen.

Video also has a new playback speed control and repeat play, photos can now also be viewed in an MPO format, group messaging had got some new layout enhancements and you will also be able to take photos and add attachments when sending group messages.

Maps has also been improved with a new button on the top screen allowing you to switch between search for location and search for directions, you can also place user flags on the map much like pins on the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

Finally they have also updated the near application, allowing it to gather information of surrounding Wi-Fi access points, which it can use to update its location data without an internet connection.

Via [PlayStation Blog US]

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