Well, this is unexpected. Sony is taking a rather laissez faire approach to the latest Vita firmware update. Vita firmware 2.02 is now available, but we don’t have to download it. I know, it threw me for a moment too. Having a new system update that I don’t have to download for my Sony product? I can’t remember the last time that happened! I don’t think it’d be exaggerating by saying this is something that happens once a year, at best.
But, that’s exactly what Sony’s doing with Vita firmware 2.02. Of course, a bit of investigation reveals why. The firmware update isn’t even big enough to merit a PlayStation Blog announcement. All it got was a two sentence description on the PlayStation Twitter feed. It basically says, “Vita firmware 2.02 is here and fixes minor stuff. Grab it if you want.” Odds are, one of the latest Vita apps, perhaps the just released LittleBigPlanet 2 Cross Controller Pack that lets people control the PS3 game with a Vita, had a tiny quirk and this firmware makes it work better. Sony isn’t saying why Vita firmware 2.02 was released though, so it’s probably best not to assume.
So, if you want Vita firmware 2.02, go ahead and get it. You can update your handheld through system settings to get up to date. If you don’t want to, don’t. I’m not. It’s not that I’m worried the firmware could be bad or that it will take a long time to download and install, it’s more that Vita firmware 2.01 is working well for me and I don’t want to mess with a good thing.
If you prefer to download the firmware update files for your Sony systems online, you’ll have to wait for Vita firmware 2.02. It isn’t available on PlayStation.com just yet. Not that there’s anything to worry about. I mean, this is optional. You don’t even have to bother.