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Sony pushes PS3 firmware v4.00

by Steven Mostyn - Dec 3 2011, 19:49

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In yet more Vita-based news, electronics giant Sony has announced the imminent arrival of firmware update version 4.00 for its powerhouse PlayStation 3 (PS3) home console.

According to Eric Lempel, vice president of Sony Network Entertainment, the update will be ready for download before the end of this week “in preparation for the launch of PlayStation Vita (PS Vita) in Japan.”

As such, the update will prepare the PlayStation 3 to serve as a content management device for the Vita. It will also enable users to copy digital content such as games, music, photos and videos between the Vita and PS3.

Lempel added that version 4.00 will allow Vita users to update their portable system through the PS3’s existing network features. The home console will also provide back-up support for Vita game save data via its dedicated hard drive.

Beyond paving the way for PlayStation Vita, the upcoming firmware revision includes tweaks for PlayStation Plus along with new PlayStation Network settings for filtering friend requests and messages.

The PlayStation Vita launches in Japan on December 17. It will arrive in North America and Europe on February 22 of next year.

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