Sony to roll out PS Vita update to link to PlayStation 4

Sony's PS Vita.

Sony’s PS Vita.

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PS Vita owners who plan to buy a PlayStation 4 will want to grab the latest update for their portable console.

Slated to roll out Tuesday, a software update for the PS Via promises a host of new features, according to a Sony blog post. But chief among them is an application called PS4 Link. The new link app will allow gamers to use the PS Vita for remote play and as a second screen for the PS4.

Specifically, users will be able to remotely control a PlayStation 4 and play a variety of PS4 games directly on the PS Vita. Further, PS4 games that support a second screen can display information from the game on the Vita. PS4 Link will appear on the Vita’s home screen.

But PlayStation 3 owners aren’t exactly out in the cold. A new content manager lets PS Vita owners connect the console to a PS3 via Wi-Fi.

The update also brings in a panoramic camera setting, improves the layout of the Friends and Messages applications, and adds parental controls to the home screen.

The PlayStation 4 is due to launch in North America on November 15 and in Europe on November 29.