For Japan, one of the major attractions for PlayStation Vita is its capability as a remote play device for Sony's popular Torne PlayStation 3 DVR kit. Today, Sony detailed a firmware update that will make the Torne device Vita compatible.
The free update will take Torne to Version 3.50. With the update, you'll be able to write video to your Vita Memory Card and also use Vita as a local playback device, functions that are currently accessible to PSP owners. It's unclear if the Vita will have additional functionality over the PSP, although Sony's announcement did stress the higher resolution of the new portable.
While the Vita can, like the PSP, access some remote play features outside of the home via the internet, these features will not be accessible via 3G.
Sony did not give a specific date for the availability of the version 3.5 firmware update, only listing a general December. Vita is due for release on December 17.