Sony Corp. this week said it will release System Software Update v.4.00 for the Playstation 3.

The new firmware is said to allow users to copy content, including games, music, photos, and videos between the Playstation 3 and the Playstation Vita handheld.

In addition, users will be able to back up PS Vita games like save data to the PS3 hard drive and update PS Vita system software with the PS3.

Finally, the update will allow Playstation Plus members to enable or disable automatic update features and filter friend requests and messages.

The PS Vita will be sold in the U.S Feb. 22.

The handheld will launch simultaneously in Europe, Canada and Latin America the same day.

The PS Vita will include dual analog sticks, a 5-inch multi-touch OLED display, 3G & GPS, front and rear touch panels, and a compass on three axes. It will utilize flash-memory game cards.

The Wi-Fi only model will sell at $249.99. The 3G model will sell at $299.99.

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