PlayStation Plus lands on the PS Vita

Sony's OS update brings handheld games aplenty

Sony’s portable gaming beast, the PS Vita is about to gain plenty of new features with the introduction of software version 2.00 and compatibility with Playstation Plus.

Announced for the PS Vita at this summer's Tokyo Game Show, PlayStation Plus allows subscribers to download a selection of handpicked games for no extra cost every month.

But that’s not all; gamers also get cloud storage for their saves and trophy syncing - just to sweeten the deal.

Available since 2010 on the PS3, PlayStation Plus has offered some great games for naught, including Red Dead Redemption, Borderlands and Just Cause 2.

Those hoping for similar blockbuster titles for the Vita are in luck. The introductory line-up includes futuristic racer Wipeout 2048 and the first small screen adventure of treasure hunter Nathan Drake in Uncharted: Golden Abyss.

A year long subscription to the service costs around £39.99, putting it in a similar price range to Xbox Live's Gold subscription.

However with online gameplay free on the PS3, the main selling point of PlayStation Plus has always been the monthly free downloads.

A cheaper three-month subscription is also available for £11.99, if you just want a sweet taster of the action.

The 2.00 software update should be available to download from Monday, with the free games going live on Tuesday.

Now, who’s out to upgrade that measly 4GB memory stick in preparation of all this free swag?