Ensuring you have the latest system software installed is essential to getting the most from your PlayStation Vita.
This is the operating system software for your PS Vita system. It controls everything, including what types of content and which features you can access on PS Vita.
As well as keeping your PS Vita in top condition with the latest security updates, Parental Controls and display options, updates often increase what your PS Vita is capable of. New settings, new features and new functionality can be included in an update; as the system software evolves, only a PS Vita system with the latest update installed will be able to make full use of these enhancements.
Each update is numbered so you can quickly see what the latest version is - the higher the number, the more recent the update. For example, 1.60 is more up to date than 1.50.
To find out which version of the system software you currently have installed on your PS Vita, navigate from the home screen of your PS Vita to Settings > [System] > [System Information].
To find out what the latest available version is, visit playstation.co.nz/psvita.
You can update the system software by any of the methods described below.
Update using Wi-Fi
Perform the update using the Wi-Fi feature of the PS Vita system.
To perform an update using Wi-Fi, go to Settings > [Start] > [System Update] > [Update Using Wi-Fi] in a location that has an access point you can use. Your PS Vita system will connect to a location on the Internet from which you can download the latest update file. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the update.
Update by connecting to a PlayStation 3 system
Use the network feature of a PS3 system to download the latest update file via the Internet.
Before performing a system update, the PS3 system you are going to connect to must first be put in the following condition:
1. Connect the PS Vita system and the PS3 system using a USB cable.
2. On the PS Vita system, go to Settings > [Start] > [System Update] > [Update by Connecting to a PS3™ System].
The latest update file is downloaded via the Internet using the network feature of the PS3 system. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the operation.
Update by connecting to a PC
Use the computer's network feature to download the latest update file via the Internet.
Before performing a system update, you must set up the computer you connect to as described below.
You can download it from the following website:
1. Check that Content Manager Assistant is running on the computer.
Look for the Content Manager Assistant icon in the notification area of the taskbar:
Look for the Content Manager Assistant icon in the menu bar:
2. Connect the PS Vita system and the computer using a USB cable.
3. On the PS Vita system, go to Settings > [Start] > [System Update] > [Update by Connecting to a PC].
The latest update file will be downloaded via the Internet using the computer's network feature. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the operation.
Update using a PS Vita card
When the update data is on a PS Vita card, you can perform the update using the PS Vita card. If a screen prompting you to perform an update appears when you start a game, this means that a system software update is required.
If you tap [Update System Software], the update will start. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the operation.
Once the update is complete, go to the PS Vita system home screen and tap Settings > [Start] > [System] > [System Information]. If the version number of the system update you used for updating the system is displayed in the [System Software] field, this means that the update was completed successfully.
For more hints and tips on updating the PS Vita system software, refer to the online user's guide at http://manuals.playstation.net/document/en/psvita/settings/update_pc.html.
Note: PS Vita system software and system software updates installed on your system are subject to a limited license from Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. Visit scei.co.jp/psvita-eula/ for details.