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PS Vita Firmware Update 3.15 Improves PS4 Remote Play & Second Screen Connectivity

April 30, 2014 Written by Jason Dunning

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To go along with PS4 firmware update 1.70, Sony released update 3.15 for the PlayStation Vita today, which helps to improve PS Vita and PS4 Remote Play and second screen connectivity.

Here’s Sony’s overview of PS Vita update 3.15:

The PS Vita system will also receive a system software update to version 3.15 with the same timing as the PS4 1.70 update, adding some key feature enhancements that will strengthen the connectivity and integration between the PS Vita and PS4 systems. The 3.15 update will enable Automatic Device Registration, which will automatically pair the devices when both systems are online and the same user is signed in to both, making it even easier to link a PS Vita system with a PS4 system for Remote Play and other second screen features.

And here’s the official notes from the US and UK PlayStation sites for 3.15:

  • You can now perform device registration – also known as pairing – for Remote Play via the Internet. When registering a device via the Internet, registration is performed automatically. You do not have to enter any numbers for registration. On the PlayStation 4 system’s function screen, you must select [Settings] > [PSN] > [Activate as Your Primary PS4] > [Activate] in advance.
  • Button assignments for Remote Play have been changed.
  • To verify button assignments, press the PS button, and then select [Button Guide] in the toolbar that is displayed.
  • [Settings] has been added to the toolbar that is displayed when you press the PS button while using remote play. You can adjust whether feedback is shown on the screen when you touch the touchscreen or the rear touch pad.
  • Note: to connect to a PS4 system using Remote Play with a PS Vita system that has been updated to system software version 3.15, the system software of the PS4 system must be version 1.70 or later.

If you missed our post about it in The Catch-Up yesterday, here’s what you need to know about the new 1.70 update to the PlayStation App:

The PlayStation App for smartphones and tablets, available free on the App Store and Google Play, is also set to receive an update to version 1.70 within the same launch window as both the PS4 and PS Vita system software updates. The update will add push notifications and allows users to change their profile picture by uploading from their mobile device’s photo library or taking a photo using their device’s camera. In addition, Friend requests will be able to be sent via email and text messages, making it more convenient and easier to add Friends and grow your network. The PlayStation App will also support iPad resolution with the update to 1.70.

John Koller, VP of Platforms Marketing, talked about the new PS4 and PS Vita updates today:

PlayStation 4 has been met with tremendous enthusiasm from its community of more than seven million gamers worldwide. Listening to community feedback is critical to us, and we are pleased to deliver some of the most highly requested features with this update. We’ve also seen strong usage of the sharing features on PS4, and we’re excited to build on these social capabilities with this update to further expand upon what we believe is the most socially connected console experience.

Have you tried out Remote Play since the PS Vita update? Let everyone know how it is in the comments below.