PSOne Classics now live on Vita

The PlayStation Vita 1.8 update is out, enabling PSOne Classics and packing some new usability features.


It's a bit odd that the PlayStation Vita didn't include PSOne Classics support from the start, but better late than never. The 1.8 update has gone live, including a handful of usability revisions alongside the new (old) games. Sony has only officially released a handful of them on the store, but apparently many more are available through a PlayStation 3 workaround.

The PlayStation Blog includes a brief walkthrough video of the new features. They include cursor control, back-touch for scrolling, selectable playback speed in videos, revisions for maps, notifications settings, and the cross-controller feature to work on concert with the PlayStation 3.

It also details the nine current PSOne Classics that are officially available, including Arc the Lad, Cool Boarders 2, Final Fantasy VII, Hot Shots Golf 2, Jet Moto, Syphon Filter, Tomb Raider, Twisted Metal 2, and Wild Arms. But Joystiq reports that many more can be loaded onto your Vita by downloading them on the PlayStation 3 first. Check out the full list below:

  • 2 Xtreme

  • Alundra

  • Arc the Lad

  • Arc the Lad II

  • Arcade Hits: Shienryu

  • Arcade Hits: Sonic Wings Special

  • Bowling

  • 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

  • Gex 3

  • GaiaSeed

  • Hot Shots Golf 2

  • International Track and Field

  • Jet Moto

  • Jet Moto 2

  • Jumping Flash!

  • Jumping Flash! 2

  • The King of Fighters '99

  • Klonoa

  • Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver

  • Legend of Dragoon

  • MediEval

  • Mega Man

  • Mega Man 2

  • Mega Man 3

  • Mega Man 4

  • Metal Gear Solid

  • Money Idol Exchanger

  • Pandemonium

  • Parasite Eve

  • Parasite Eve 2

  • Rally Cross

  • Rapid Angel

  • Rayman

  • 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

  • Suikoden

  • 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

  • Warhawk

  • Wild Arms

  • Wild Arms 2

  • Wipeout

  • Xenogears

From The Chatty
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    August 28, 2012 8:15 AM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, PSOne Classics now live on Vita.

    The PlayStation Vita 1.8 update is out, enabling PSOne Classics and packing some new usability features.

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      August 28, 2012 8:28 AM

      anything recommended off that list? i was hoping for Diablo 1 :)

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        August 28, 2012 8:55 AM



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          August 28, 2012 9:10 AM

          i don't see alien robots but i an intimidated by this dude's 96 hour and counting playtime

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            August 28, 2012 9:14 AM

            you can totally beat it in like, 60

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              August 28, 2012 9:15 AM

              seriously, i am now physically angry that I don't have a Vita to buy Xenogears on.

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                August 28, 2012 9:59 AM

                i am literally looking at them now on amazon

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                  August 28, 2012 10:12 AM

                  If they weren't so damn expensive, I'd be down in a heartbeat.

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                    August 28, 2012 10:15 AM

                    i came to my senses. i own ff7 on psn and can buy xenogears on psn aswell.

                    so basically i would have to play in the living room instead of in bed. not worth 250 bucks.

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                      August 28, 2012 10:21 AM

                      in bed, on vacation, during a commute, at the in-laws, lunchtime CoD multiplayer break from work, etc.

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                        August 28, 2012 11:47 AM

                        brodan i barely play games at home anymore let alone commuting, in laws, work lunch, etc

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                      August 28, 2012 10:22 AM

                      i...i can play Xenogears on my PS3?!?!

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                    August 28, 2012 10:19 AM

                    wait till xmas, buy the AC3 bundle with game and memory card. either that or keep an eye out in the EB, best buy, etc. flyers/emailers for bundle deals. There are constantly bundles with the memory card and and a game from launch for the cost of the system without game or memory card. IMO, the price is right it just sucks that you have to dole out another wad of cash for a fucking memory card which then puts it into the too much money area.

                    i'd have waited to get mine but my xmas gift card was burning a hole in my wallet. also the bundled cards are usually only 4GB but just an FYI, if you're only interested in playing physical media based games that will get you going but i ended up buying the largest card and have been buying all my titles online for 4 or so dollars off and no tax in canada which is making up for the high price in memory cards.

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                    August 28, 2012 11:25 AM

                    I've got a 3G/Wifi Vita collecting dust that I've been too lazy to put on eBay. I'd gladly give a good deal to an enthusiastic Shacker. SM me if interested.

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                      August 28, 2012 11:32 AM

                      what was the point of getting the 3g model? you can't download games or play online with it. seems like a waste of money

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                        August 28, 2012 11:39 AM

                        Buying the whole thing was a waste of money for me. Too many games on other platforms, not enough time. ;)

                        But to answer your question, it was the only bundle still available on Amazon when I ordered it.

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          August 28, 2012 11:42 AM

          This man is 100% right, listen to him or risk dying without knowing one of the best game stories ever written.

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          August 28, 2012 11:48 AM


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            August 28, 2012 12:18 PM

            Wii only :(

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              August 28, 2012 12:33 PM

              You can play it on Dolphin too.

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            August 28, 2012 3:03 PM

            I own it! For realsies! It's one of the games I have to schedule myself to play, though. :(

        • Ebu legacy 10 years
          August 28, 2012 8:44 PM

          $10 for a PSX game? Really?

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        August 28, 2012 9:27 AM

        obviously Castlevania SotN.

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          August 28, 2012 10:54 AM

          it was already on Vita as an unlock in Dracula X Chronicles, and the most current version of the game too. The original voice actors have changed, but you can play as maria, and she has new abilities that are different from the japanese saturn version.

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      August 28, 2012 8:46 AM

      That took forever...

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      August 28, 2012 8:49 AM

      Klonoa is a great platformer and would be great on the Vita. Castlevania Symphony of the Night would also be awesome to play on a handheld.

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        August 28, 2012 8:55 AM

        i wish there were a way to sample the games first...

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        August 28, 2012 10:55 AM

        SOTN is already on vita in dracula x chronicles, and the most current version of SOTN too.

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      August 28, 2012 8:56 AM

      Does anyone know if you can log into the other regions and buy/download games onto the Vita like you can on the ps3?

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        August 28, 2012 9:28 AM

        Do you need to create a PSN account for that region to access it? Because you can only have one PSN account per Vita Memory Card

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          August 28, 2012 9:54 AM

          Ah damn, yea. My main issue is that I have breath of fire 3 (UK version) and it's still not available on PSN classics :(. I have a lot of rare PSP games that I can't replace if I get a Vita. Hence why I haven't gotten one yet.

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            August 28, 2012 10:00 AM

            Same but at least they're slowly going in the *mostly* right direction

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              August 28, 2012 10:01 AM

              haha yea, I guess. I don't understand what's taking them so long. :( They would get more people to switch over if more games were replaceable. Oh well. I'll stick with my old psp.

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      August 28, 2012 9:19 AM

      And now I'll buy a vita

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      August 28, 2012 9:43 AM

      Been wondering, can the vita play games like Liberty City stories, Vice City stories?

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        August 28, 2012 10:26 AM

        Yes. They're for sale on the PS Store

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        August 28, 2012 10:29 AM

        it sucks that you can't see the psn vita store from the web. i'm pretty sure they have at least one of those games in the PSP section is it?

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      August 28, 2012 10:08 AM

      Where is Tomba, N2O: Nitrous Oxide and Future Cop LAPD, Sony?

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      August 28, 2012 10:12 AM


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      August 28, 2012 10:31 AM

      Still no DooM? WTH Sony??

      Not to mention the PS1 DooM is probably the best port ever.

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        August 28, 2012 12:34 PM

        I don't know I had Doom 64 and that was pretty pretty good.

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          August 28, 2012 7:15 PM

          The monsters in D64 were a little goofy looking IMO. The lighting and echoes and ambiance in PSOne DooM were incredible.

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      August 28, 2012 10:32 AM

      how much do they cost? Some good games on the list i wouldn't mind picking up for the light rail ride .. but if they're too expensive I'll pass.

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      August 28, 2012 11:43 AM

      how the f do i get FF7 onto my Vita? I can see it in my Downloads List but it says not available for download on the Vita. Do I need to re-download it on the PS3 then transfer it? (Since it's already installed on my PS3)

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        August 28, 2012 6:53 PM

        I tried the transfer thing and it didn't work. But, when I went to the store on my vita, it knew that I'd already purchased the game, so I just downloaded it again.

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      August 28, 2012 11:56 AM

      still waiting for a price drop before i bite the bullet on a vita

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      August 28, 2012 4:10 PM

      Needs more Ape Escape :(

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      August 28, 2012 8:05 PM


    • Ebu legacy 10 years
      August 28, 2012 8:43 PM

      Not every game works, not every game that NeoGAF says they have "made work" works. :(

      FFIX and FFV :(

      Chrono Trigger worked, though.

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        August 28, 2012 10:47 PM


        I was going to "rebuy" FFIX and play it on my Vita and now it wont work? :(

        I really want to play Chrono Cross again. I didn't see it on the list. Phooey :*(

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        August 29, 2012 2:23 AM

        Store hasn't updated yet in Europe apparently so I'm not able to try yet, but WTF I hope this is wrong. I was specificaly waiting for this to play FFIX again.

        • Ebu legacy 10 years
          August 29, 2012 7:20 AM

          It's not showing up on my copy list (from the PS3) and it's not "officially released" in the US yet, so it's not on the store if you browse from the Vita.

          Europe and Japan each has a different list, though, I think you guys get more games on this wave. Because Sony is the dumbest smart kid I know.

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