Feature-rich 3DS and PS Vita updates drop today

If your 3DS and PS Vita are both lit up blue today, it doesn't mean they've finally gotten past their rivalry and started sharing risque Wi-Fi communications. Both Sony and Nintendo's portable consoles received significant functionality updates as well as some minor tweaks.

Expanded StreetPass support comes with today's 3DS update. Nintendo Zone locations (which include McDonalds, Starbucks, and more) have been turned into StreetPass relays, so users will connect with whoever last accessed the point. Your 3DS still has to be in sleep mode with Wi-Fi enabled for the magic to happen.

PS Vita games now all have PlayStation Plus access right from their live area for quicker cloud backups and downloads. Commonly used system settings like flight mode, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth can be accessed by holding the PS button. Lastly, you can stream music and videos from a PS3 or PC on the same wireless network just by accessing the appropriate Vita apps. You can find the rest of the patch notes on PlayStation's support site.

If you're planning to hit the road soon, you'd better get downloading.


  • Redeater - August 6, 2013 1:16 p.m.

    Good news all around. Now just remove that 10 coin a day limit and we are golden.
  • JarkayColt - August 6, 2013 11:10 a.m.

    I thought the StreetPass Relay was a good idea until I realised that I have absolutely no idea where the UK hotspots are. I'm still going to assume McDonald's is one because they made a fuss about partnering with them for WiFi access back with the DS/DSi or something. But it better not be restricted to the bigger cities, else this is going to be completely pointless (i.e. hopefully it's not like how only a handful of GAME stores ever participate in Pokémon and other game content distributions, for example). I've just downloaded the update but there is nothing about it on Nintendo UK/SpotPass Notifications yet. I was hoping they'd have a list, because I'd never even heard of Nintendo Zone before until they announced this a month or so ago. Guess I'll just have to have a wander and find out myself.
  • TokenGamesRadarFurry - August 6, 2013 10:23 a.m.

    Does this apply to Canada as well?
  • ObliqueZombie - August 6, 2013 10:15 a.m.

    OooOOOoooo. I love that street pass idea. One level away in Save Mii, dammit!

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