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New PS Vita firmware preps the system for PlayStation 4 launch

Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

Sony is rolling out a new system software update for the PlayStation Vita to prep the handheld for next week's PlayStation 4 launch. The update will add PS4 Link, a new app that allows the Vita to connect to the next-gen console for Remote Play and Second Screen capabilities, among other new features.

With Remote Play, Vita owners can stream PS4 gameplay — with titles that support the feature — to the handheld via Wi-Fi. PS4 Link's Second Screen features can display optional information from PlayStation 4 titles that support it.

The Vita software update, version 3.00, will also add chat between Vita and PS4 through the Party app, which boasts a new icon.

The new software also includes a host of new and welcome improvements, like an updated Friends app user interface, the option to download system software updates automatically, the ability to take panoramic photos with the Vita's camera and the addition of PS3 to Vita content transfer over Wi-Fi.

More details about the system software update are available at the PlayStation Blog, but you can see some of those new additions in action in the video walkthrough below.

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