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Sony's PlayStation Vita is somewhat lacking. Visuals and streaming support aren't exactly top-notch, and that's what's holding a lot of people back from purchasing the Vita. Today, Sony has finally revealed some updates to the Vita that address those exact issues.

New Sony Vita Updates

In the latest firmware version 2.6, Sony has changed the UI around to deal with the visual and streaming issues. Some of the new features include:

1. Access to saved game data via PlayStation Plus.
2. New networking toggle options.
3. A new control screen that includes an easier way to play with WiFi, Bluetooth, and 4. 3G settings (hold the 'PS' button).
5. Direct content streaming from connected devices (PS3 and PC included).

These changes might seem minor, but they make the overall Vita user experience ten times better. Users will also noticed softened content bubbles that are a lot easier to look at. Other visual changes do exist, too, and these can be found on the main Sony website (a list of changes and updates are included on the site, though these are the biggest changes of note).

Important Updates

While most of the Vita's new updates are somewhat minimal, these small tweaks will make the Vita more appealing for many gamers. One of the biggest problems with the Vita was its interface, and now most of those issues have been fixed. So, should you run out an buy a Vita?

The Vita might appeal to some gamers that want an alternative mobile gaming option. But, the Vita is a handheld, and some gamers think that handhelds are over with. My advice is this: if you want to check out a Vita, you can head to your nearest electronics store to see what a Vita is like. You might love it, but you might find that you are over handhelds. Or, you may be interested in this bit of breaking news...

A Vita Bundle Coming?

A mere five hours ago, some rumors began to fly that Sony would be releasing a PS4/Vita bundle when the company releases the new console later this year. The bundle would include the PS4 and, possibly, an updated Vita. The two consoles are rumored to be priced at $500 - that's not a bad deal at all, and it's a great deal if you don't want to go the handheld option solely.

Now that the news of a possible PS4/Vita bundle has hit the media, it might be a good idea to sit back and wait on that Vita purchase until Sony introduces the PS4 console. If you already have a Vita, the new UI updates that Sony has released are certainly going to make your game play a lot better.

The new Vita updates should be accessible to all Vita owners right now. As far as the new bundle goes, Sony has stated that the new PS4 console will arrive later this year, though no specific date has been set. Will a Vita be sold with that new bundle? It seems that this is a good possibility.