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PlayStation®Vita System Software Update


PS Vita System Software Update

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PlayStation®Vita System Software Update 3.12

An update to the PlayStation®Vita system software was released on March 28, 2014. You can use this to update your system software to version 3.12.

A PS Vita system software update is required to use PlayStation®Network features and some features on the system. Also, downloading and installing the PS Vita system software update will update your PS Vita system's operating system to include the latest security patches, as well as new and revised applications, features, and settings. It is recommended that you always maintain your system to use the latest version of the system software.


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    Main features in system software update version 3.12 (with 3.10)

    New for 3.12

    System software stability during use of some features has been improved.

    New for 3.10

    (Messages)

  • You can now send and receive voice messages.
    Select (Attach) on the message entry screen, and then follow the screens.
  • (Calendar)

  • The (Calendar) application has been added. You can start the application from the home screen.
    In the Calendar application, you can manage upcoming events. When creating an event, you can associate an application, such as a game, and add information about Friends who might participate in the event. You can also send the event to others using applications such as (Messages) and (Email), and sync events with Google Calendar.
  • (Content Manager)

  • [Manage Content on Memory Card] has been added to the LiveArea™ screen. You can now verify the allocation of data on the memory card, delete applications and saved data, and manage content.
    • Due to this feature update, (Settings) > [Application Data Management] has been removed.
  • Other

  • Up to 500 application icons can now be displayed on the home screen.
    • This number includes icons inside folders.

  • Other new or revised features in version 3.12 (with 3.10)

    (Messages)

  • You can now change the title of a message with two or more other members, if the message has (Messages with other players) displayed next to it. From the message entry screen, select (Options) > [Change Title].
  • (Parental Controls)

  • You can now restrict (PS Store) from starting.
  • You can now also use (Parental Controls) to adjust settings for a service to block the display of objectionable websites. Select [Features] > [Trend Micro Web Security].
    • User responsible for additional fees.
  • (Videos)

  • [Size] has been added as a sorting option for items in the content list.
  • (Music)

  • You can now perform a keyword search for content on a connected computer. The list of categories or content on the connected computer is displayed on your system, and you can select (Search) in the upper left corner of the screen.
  • (Photos)

  • You can now adjust settings so that the screen does not automatically rotate when you move or tilt your PS Vita system. To stop the screen from rotating, view any image or video, and then select (Options) > [Settings] > [Rotate Screen Automatically] to remove the checkmark.
  • [Freeform] has been added as a shooting mode for the panoramic camera.
  • (Settings)

  • [Date & Time] > [Daylight Saving] has been removed, and [Adjust Daylight Saving Automatically] has been added. To make automatic adjustments for daylight saving, enable this feature.
    • This item is only available if you set your region in [Date & Time] > [Time Zone] to a region that implements daylight saving.
  • [30 Minutes] has been added as a setting for [Power Save Settings] > [Enter Standby Mode Automatically].
  • Other

  • You can now use a Bluetooth® keyboard with the PS Vita system. You can enter English or Japanese.


Notices

  • Do not download or install the update using data other than the official update data provided online or on a PS Vita card by Sony Computer Entertainment. Do not download or install updates by methods other than those described in the system documentation or on this website. If you download or install update data from a different source, by a different method, or on a PS Vita system that has been altered or modified in any way, the PS Vita system might not operate properly and might not be able to install the official update data. Any of these actions can void the PS Vita system warranty and affect your ability to obtain warranty services and repair services from Sony Computer Entertainment.
  • This update is for PS Vita systems purchased in North America. DO NOT update your PS Vita system using this website if you purchased your system outside of North America. There is no guarantee of proper operation with models sold outside North America. For details about PS Vita systems purchased outside of North America, please visit the website for your region.
  • Do not turn off the power or remove the memory card for the PS Vita system during the update process. Interrupting the update can cause a system malfunction.
  • It might not be possible to start the update if the battery charge level is low.‎ ‎
  • The power button and the PS button do not function during the system update process.‎
  • You might not be able to use some applications or content without first updating the system software.

System Software

The PS Vita system software and system software updates installed on your system are subject to a limited license from Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. Visit -http://www.scei.co.jp/psvita-eula/ for details.


Update Methods

You can update the PS Vita system software by any of the methods described below.

After the update is completed, go to the home screen and select (Settings) > [Start] > [System] > [System Information]. If the version number of the system update file you used for updating the system is displayed in the [System Software] field, this means that the update was completed successfully.


Update using Wi-Fi

Use the Wi-Fi feature of your PS Vita system to update the system via the Internet.

The following things are needed to perform the update:

  • PS Vita system
  • Internet connection (wireless)
    You must configure your PS Vita system's network settings. For details, refer to your PS Vita system's user's guide.

To perform an update using Wi-Fi, select (Settings) > [Start] > [System Update] > [Update Using Wi-Fi] in a location that has an access point you can use. Your PS Vita system automatically checks over the Internet whether you have the latest version of the system software. If there is an update file for a later version, it is downloaded to the system. Follow the screens to complete the update.

You cannot perform an update using data transfer over a mobile network (3G).


Update by connecting to a PS3™ system

Use the network feature of a PS3™ system to update the system via the Internet.

The following things are needed to perform the update:

  • PS Vita system
  • PlayStation®3
    • The system software must be version 4.00 or later.
    • Prepare a connection to the Internet.
      You must configure the PS3™ system's network settings. For details, refer to the PS3™ system's user's guide.


  • Connect your PS Vita system to the PS3™ system using a USB cable.
  • All open applications must be closed, and (User) must be selected.
  • On your PS Vita system, select (Settings) > [Start] > [System Update] > [Update by Connecting to a PS3™ System].
    Your PS Vita system automatically checks over the Internet whether you have the latest version of the system software. If there is an update file for a later version, it is downloaded to the system. Follow the screens to complete the update.

Update by connecting to a PC

Use the computer's network feature (Windows® / Mac) to update the system via the Internet.

The following things are needed to perform the update:

  • PS Vita system
  • Computer (Windows® / Mac)
    • Connect to the Internet.
    • Download and install Content Manager Assistant for PlayStation® on the computer.
      You can download it from the following website:
      -http://cma.dl.playstation.net/cma/


  • Check that Content Manager Assistant is running on the computer.

    Windows®:
    Look for the Content Manager Assistant icon in the notification area of the taskbar:


    Mac:
    Look for the Content Manager Assistant icon in the menu bar:

  • Connect your PS Vita system and the computer using a USB cable.
  • On the PS Vita system, select (Settings) > [Start] > [System Update] > [Update by Connecting to a PC].
    ‎Your PS Vita system automatically checks over the Internet whether you have the latest version of the system software. If there is an update file for a later version, it is downloaded to the system. Follow the screens to complete the update.

Update using a PS Vita card

Use an update file contained on a PS Vita card to update the system.

The following things are needed to perform the update:

  • PS Vita system
  • A PS Vita card that contains an update file

When you start a game that contains an update file for a later version, a screen will be displayed to guide you through the update process. Follow the screens to perform the update.