Sony readies PS3 for Vita launch

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A new firmware update will add Vita functionality to PlayStation 3 this week.

Sony has announced the imminent system software update, v4.00, will enable PS3 owners to use their console as a content hub for the upcoming handheld, according to the PlayStation Blog.

They will be able to share games, photos and other media content between their PS3 and Vita, as well as back up their Vita save data on the console's hard drive.

Users will even be able to update the Vita's firmware via the PS3.

PlayStation Vita launches in Japan on December 17th. It will arrive in the UK on February 22nd.

Other features of the firmware include new PSN privacy settings and automatic update options for PlayStation Plus members.