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Sony to Release Firmware Update for PS3

Sony will soon release a new firmware update for the PlayStation 3 console which will include support for the PS Vita hand-held gaming device.

In a post (opens in new tab) on the official PlayStation blog, the company said the firmware update version 4.0 will turn the PS3 into a content management device for the PS Vita, which will be launched in Japan first and then in western markets.

The update allows users to sync game saves, music, photos and videos between the two devices.

"In preparation for the launch of PlayStation Vita (PS Vita) in Japan, this update will prepare PlayStation 3 (PS3) to serve as a content management device," the company explained.

"It will allow users to copy their digital content such as games, music, photos, and videos between PS Vita and PS3, back up PS Vita game games including save data to your PS3 hard drive, and update the system software for your PS Vita system using the network features of your PS3," Sony explained.

The update also allows PlayStation Plus users to enable or disable each automatic update feature, bring game patches, update system software, recommended games and videos, and sync trophy information.

Firmware 4.0 will also include new PSN settings for filtering friend requests and messages.