PS Vita v1.80 Update Introduces More PSone Classics Than Previously Thought

Could it be that the choice of compatible PSone Classics for the PS Vita are more than just the officially announced few? Jump on in to find out.

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Around midnight the version 1.80 firmware update went live for North American PlayStation Vita owners to download. The latest update implements a series of new features and fixes to the handheld’s bubble-filled operating system, including the highly-demanded availability of PSone Classics.

If memory serves me and the rest of the disappointed lot of Vita owners correct, Sony had promised this backwards capability functionally – an out-of-the-box spec of the PlayStation Portable that wasn’t in this hardware’s instance – would be coming soon enough after the portable’s launch in February. I guess “soon enough” means something entirely different for the company…

Anywho… five months or so after that point, you would think its firmware arrival would be the Vita moment of the forever? Not so with the PlayStation Blog news that only a listed nine PSone classics – Arc the Lad, Final Fantasy VII, Jet Moto, Tomb Raider, and five others – would be available from the start of firmware 1.80.

Those are some slim pickings, for sure, but as few users found out last night, that list was just a collection of PSone Classics that could be downloaded directly using your PS Vita, and in reality, by using the PlayStation 3 as a fridge, a larger portion of them could be transferred over in a roundabout method.

The workaround works as follows: download the PSone titles onto your PS3, leave them uninstalled once they’re finished, and then transfer them onto your Vita. Again though, you must re-download which games you want to play on your Vita in order for this to work, a super lame and irritating process, but to be fair Sony never officially advertised this method in the first place.

Yeah, poor excuse, I know.

Plus, further mucking up things, there’s no accredited list of which games will work and which won’t when they’re ported over. This, thankfully, is where some gracious Internet denizens from the popular gaming heaven, NeoGaf, have come in and dutifully tested which PSone Classics are readily compatible.

Below is the current list of those games so far and, in bold, the PSone Classics that you can straight up download via the PS Vita:

2 Xtreme
Arc the Lad
Arc the Lad II
Arcade Hits: Shienryu
Arcade Hits: Sonic Wings Special
Breath of Fire IV
Castlevania Chronicles
Castlevania: SotN
Cho Aniki
Cool Boarders
Coolboarders 2
Coolboarders 3
Cool Boarders 2
Cyberbots: Fullmetal Madness
Destruction Derby
Dino Crisis
Dino Crisis 2
Final Fantasy Origins
Final Fantasy IV
Final Fantasy VI
Final Fantasy VII
Final Fantasy VIII
Final Fantasy IX
Front Mission 3
Gex 3
Hot Shots Golf 2
International Track and Field
Jet Moto
Jet Moto 2
Jumping Flash!
Jumping Flash! 2
The King of Fighters ’99
Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver
Legend of Dragoon
Mega Man
Mega Man 2
Mega Man 3
Mega Man 4
Metal Gear Solid
Money Idol Exchanger
Parasite Eve
Parasite Eve 2
Rally Cross
Rapid Angel
Rayman 2: The Great Escape
Resident Evil: DC
Resident Evil 2
Resident Evil 3: Nemesis
Ridge Racer 4
Saiyuki: Journey West
Silent Hill
Street Fighter Alpha 1
Street Fighter Alpha 3
Syphon Filter
Syphon Filter 2
Syphon Filter 3
Tekken 2
Threads of Fate
Tomb Raider
Tomb Raider 2
Tomb Raider 3
Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation
Toy Story 2
Toy Story Racer
Twisted Metal 2
Unjammer Lammy
Vagrant Story
Wild Arms
Wild Arms 2

It’s admittedly dumb beyond belief to have to wait until Sony hand picks which PSone games will be ready for the PS Vita, especially when the catalog of approved titles in Japan and Europe are way, way, way larger, but let’s hope as the weeks continue the list gets more robust. Fingers crossed.

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