Playstation Vita firmware pulled, re-released

Sony yanked its most recent firmware for the Playstation Vita.

The new firmware, version 1.65, was announced earlier this week, and Sony pushed it out to Vita devices shortly thereafter. However, anyone attempting to find the update now will be told to download version 1.66. There was a brief time after version 1.65 was released that Sony pulled the update, leaving no upgrade available.

It’s odd considering this wasn’t a major update by any means. According to the official Playstation Blog post detailing the new firmware, the following features were all that version 1.65 was supposed to bring:

* A “Notification Alert” option will be added to Settings, so you can toggle alerts on or off

* “After 10 minutes” will be added to the time options under Power Save Settings

* An Arrow icon will now appear when PS Vita finds new activities in the LiveArea

* Caps Lock will be supported in the On Screen Keyboard

Sony cited a “technical fault” as the reason why it pulled the update. The company did not provide any more details.

One thing that Sony became known for doing on the PS3 was sneaking in things like anti-piracy measures into firmware updates without informing users. In other words, those four bullet points above may not be the only thing that the new firmware actually does to your Vita.

The Vita recently came under scrutiny after hackers found a way to exploit downloadable PS1 games that allowed them to run illegal homebrew games on the device, which could open the floodgates to piracy.

It wouldn’t be surprising if Sony tried to sneak something related to that in this latest update, only to have it backfire. Or it could be completely on the up and up and have nothing to do with those piracy issues.