The PlayStation Vita is getting a big firmware update in Japan this week, Andriasang reports. On Wednesday, to be precise. Presumably, this also means that the incoming features in firmware version 1.6 will be in place when the handheld launches in North America in a little more than one week from now.
The big feature add seems to be a Map app. You'll be able to zero in on where in the world you are, check out the landscape in satellite view and get walking or driving directions. The app uses GPS with a 3G connection or works out your location by looking at nearby hotspots over Wi-Fi. Also coming is an update to the device's photo app which will allow for video recording.
Andriasang also notes that Sony will be releasing a Mac version of the Vita's Content Management Assistant app, which is required to transfer content between the Vita and your home computer. Finally, the update will also update Vita systems to reflect the company-wide name change of all "PlayStation Network" items to "Sony Entertainment Network."