Sony’s PS3 is officially not the only console that has access to PlayStation Plus. As announced during their Tokyo Game Show 2012 keynote, the subscription tier of PSN will hit the Vita this November.
Traditionally, the PlayStation Network—provided free to anyone—is accessible through the use of an Internet connection and a PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, or PlayStation Vita.
However, PlayStation Plus, the “golden” upper tier of the service that’s reserved for paying subscribers, has so far only been accessible via the main PS3 console.
UPDATE: Sony’s PlayStation Blog has confirmed the following features:
- Instant Game Collection: Unlimited access to a regularly refreshed selection of the full versions of games as long as your membership is active.
- Discounts: Take advantage of exclusive discounts on games and DLC for your PS Vita.
- Online Game Storage: An additional 1GB of online storage for game saves for PS Vita games and downloaded content.
- Automatic Updates: PS Vita will automatically start up at a designated time to download and install select game demos and game updates as well as system software updates and start standby mode upon completion.
- Automatic Trophy sync: Trophy information will be synched to PSN servers automatically via the PS Vita.
All these changes happen later this year, although Sony didn’t confirm a date. Most likely, it’ll activate in certain regions on a rolling basis, with layered releases going by order of necessity—Japan’s probably going to be first.