Vita Might Feature Less Annoying Firmware Updates Than PS3 and PSP

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It’s always nice to get new features on your PlayStation 3 or PlayStation Portable. However, not everyone looks forward to getting them because they’re only delivered through firmware updates that can take a long time to download and install — updates that sometimes don’t even deliver any new features. Sony Computer Entertainment’s president of Worldwide Studios, Shuhei Yoshida, knows how frustrating this can be and says there’s a chance that Vita owners won’t have to deal with this particular problem.

Asked by Game Informer if Vita users will be subjected to as many firmware updates as PS3 and PSP (or if they will at least be less intrusive), Yoshida said, “I agree, it’s very annoying when you only have one hour in your busy life to play a game, and when you have to spend 30 minutes out of that one hour to update the hardware.”

The answer isn’t necessarily to release updates less frequently; Microsoft updates the Xbox 360 only a few times a year at most, and it typically saves up a bunch of features to release in a larger update (as it is with the upcoming Twist Control dashboard update). What Sony may do is simply make it less of a hassle to update the system.

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