PS Vita won't support PSOne/archive titles at launch

Japanese PS Vita FAQ page reveals upcoming handheld will not play archived titles initially, says more details will be revealed later.

Earlier this month, Sony revealed players wanting to transfer existing PSP titles to the publisher's soon-to-be-released PlayStation Vita console will have to repurchase the titles for a discounted fee.

Players hoping to have better luck accessing and playing PSOne classics on the console have fared no better, with the publisher revealing that the Vita will not support archive titles at its Japanese launch next month.

The Vita won't play PSOne classics at launch.

In an FAQ on Sony Japan's Vita site, and as translated by GameSpot Australia, the publisher states:

"Q: Can games in the PlayStation archives be played on the PS Vita?
A: Not at time of release. We will keep you posted on further developments as they come to hand."

However, on Sony's US Vita site, a similar FAQ states that users will be able to play PSOne classics at some point.

"Q: Is PS Vita compatible with other PlayStation platform games like PS3, PS2, or PSP? Do you have any plan to support other PlayStation platforms in the future?
A: Users can play PSP titles, minis, and PSOne classics titles, which are offered on PS Store. We do not have any plans to make PS Vita compatible with PS3 or PS2 titles at this point."

The PlayStation Vita launches in Japan on December 17. Gamers in North America, Europe, Latin America, Australasia, the Middle East, and Africa will be able to pick up the system starting February 22.

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quicksilver_03
quicksilver_03

@MGSKojima - "....if you want to play old ps one games, buy a dirt cheap ps one system or keep your damn psp." Why not buy a PS2 instead to play PS games? The only flaw I see in this PSVita is that if they don't sell that many in North America or reach to that goal, they'll drop the price of the unit, but in exchange to charge more on memory, games, and DLC's. It's funny that they said "We do not have any plans to make PS Vita compatible with PS3 or PS2 titles at this point." A hacker posted a video on Youtube and was able to play a Batman Arkham City game on the PSVita through a sync with his PS3 Slim and the video says it all. So do you think it's not capable and possible?

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

Japan says one thing and America says another. Exactly which one are we meant to believe?

ecurl143
ecurl143

Not even remotely bothered by this - simply too many awesome games in the pipeline to let this sway me - it's a day 1 purchase.

gowofwarKratos
gowofwarKratos

Whatever play or not ps1 games on vita we still have PSP and PS3 to play them.

Futboljunky
Futboljunky

It will still have tons of games on release + remote play works for a lot of ps1 games.

thefinsters
thefinsters

Just remember guys, if Sony is gonna make everything that has ever been released on UMD on PSN, that's no easy task.Not that it won't be difficult to do, just think of the hours thats they will have to pay people to get this up and running?! Hence you will have to pay for it at a discount price( People don't work for free after all ) I'm just gonna keep my PSP and enjoy the VITA for the new games it has to offer! That's right ladies and gents, you CAN keep your PSP!!!

SopranosFan
SopranosFan

One of the reasons I was justifying buying it was because of the PS1 classics and PSP games that I don't own would hold me over while waiting on the Vita's games to increase.

Shaoran_Li
Shaoran_Li

They really need to get on with the PS One titles ... hope to hear from it in the future. I wanna play classic Tomb Raider on the go!

Karzovis
Karzovis

So I can't download FF Tactics to my vita? Thats not good.

dragonq9
dragonq9

it's okay for Sony to be greed because maybe there will be a hack for it and then Sony will lose that's why they thought that way of being a greed although they offer u a great hand held game system so why bother of Sony being a greedy company

davet666
davet666

if they can add PS2 support, I'm sold. I would love to play my favorite PS2 games anywhere. Red Faction with wireless multiplayer would be godlike.

shadowhunter0
shadowhunter0

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Addizzle
Addizzle

Vita $250-$300 +Memory card $40-$120 +Vita game $40 +unimpressive battery life, only on account allowed, and recanting of stated functionality =cancelled pre-order

theexperience13
theexperience13

People are acting all butthurt about the Vita not playing PSP and Ps One games, but here's an amazing solution I thought of that I myself am doing- KEEP YOUR PSP :D

XanderZane
XanderZane

No PSOne games. Guess I'll still with the original PSP. I'm definitely going to wait for the PSVita. Not being able to play my UMD games on it was a bit downside for me.

vega13mv
vega13mv

@Sigil-otaku pretty much, the psp has been out long enough for me to have played all the games i wanted to for it. I did the Metal Gears, God of Wars, Final Fantasies, Megamans and Castlevania, a few others here and there too so no I dont really feel the need to have any old stuff on a new system. And when im out I usually have my laptop, iphone and 3DS or PSP on me so having multiple devices doesnt really bother me. plus my psp still works so if i want to play old games ill just use my current PSP. The UMD's are cheaper than the downloads from PSN anyway and i can lend them or resell them so even if it was backwards compatable i wouldnt even use that feature.

shadowhunter0
shadowhunter0

@n0matter actually you can play all digital psp games on the vita for free and I believe it will support psone games at launch in the US

grungeman91
grungeman91

Seems the Vita was built upon greed with all I've been reading lately about the Vita from them charging us for our older PSP games to reading about this, You would think the guys over at Sony would have learned from its past mistakes when they botched the PS3 launch back in 2006. I'll do like I'm currently doing for the 3DS and wait till more games are available & the eventual price drop, Till then I'm gonna take a little extra time to enjoy my PSP 3000.

n0matter
n0matter

"Seems like they just chose the quick money and lack of functionality approach." Not being backwards compatible is a lack of functionality. There's absolutely no reason, technically, why I shouldn't be able to play PSOne titles on this machine. None. Emulators are not rocket science.

Sigil-otaku
Sigil-otaku

@vega13mv That's not weird but it is weird to have no desire for the machine to have the functionality of playing older games too. After all unless your casual and have no desire for anything but the newest games or find enjoyment in having 10 systems rolling around and the need to carry 2 handhelds if you wanted to play games from 2 generations then sure, but how much easier is it when the new system just plays the old stuff? Have you played all old games on PSP / PSone? Do you have literally no desire for nothing but new stuff? In the end I appreciate games, and I appreciate versatility and accessibility in systems (hence why I like backwards compatibility) but Sony has been nothing but terrible on backwards compatibility this gen. Oh yeah and people have no desire for these old games yet companies are so sure they do they make ports / PSN releases of the old games? Seems like they just chose the quick money and lack of functionality approach.

MGSKojima
MGSKojima

wow, it is called the ps vita...not a re-release of a playstation one....if you want to play old ps one games, buy a dirt cheap ps one system or keep your damn psp. People act like every psp in the world will disappear after vita comes around.

n0matter
n0matter

These posts are testament to the fact that Sony fanboys will eat up whatever crap Sony feeds them and rejoice. Why would you NOT want to be able to download PSP games you've already purchased on the PSN? Why would you NOT want the ability to buy and play PS2 games? Why would you WANT a system that's, for all intents and purposes, more restricted than its predecessors. Who plays PSOne classics still? Me. Chrono Cross was just recently released for the PSN store and I've been playing it ever since. GREAT game. And, yes, I'd play it on a Vita too, if I were going to buy one. But, with the latest slew of "It can't do this" announcements, I think I'll be waiting awhile. People who want to limit themselves to six months of Uncharted while Sony gets their crap together, have at it. I'll still have access to hundreds of games on my 3000. Ones that don't cost $40+ each.

scatterbrain007
scatterbrain007

Wow that's kinda confusing and doesn't make any sense when you see just how many PSOne classics there are in the Japanese market. That's messed up, Sony needs to get on that quickly.

servb0ts
servb0ts

I'll wait for a Vita pricedrop, my psp3000 is more than enough to keep me happy. UMD FTW!

vega13mv
vega13mv

i dont mind, since im one of those weirdos thats buying a PS Vita to play PS Vita games.

darkouer
darkouer

They have no reason to deny pso classics (and maybe even ps2 classics down the line). Unlike Disc based systems, one cannot play previously bought games on a PSvita, so that's a business opportunity for them.

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

Sony doesn't have the best record when it comes to backwards compatiblities. So we shall just have to see if Sony will follow though with making PSone titles compatible with PSvita. Hopefully Sony will have plently of decent launch titles available so it won't matter.

shadowhunter0
shadowhunter0

@brendanhunt1 I'll be playing my vita games while my vita libary expands because there are great games for the vita at launch and I'll be busy playing them and my psp game since all mine are digital and transferring them to the vita will be free also this is just for Japan and who knows it might support ps1 games at launch in the US if it doesn't I'll still have my psp and ps3 to play them

shadowhunter0
shadowhunter0

I wont believe in this until a more reliable website that I go to post about this

LordelX
LordelX

This is why you don't buy these devices at launch. I'll think about buying a PSVita in three years when Sony has their **** together.

Supabul
Supabul

Doesn't bother me my PSPgo is my portable PS1

brendanhunt1
brendanhunt1

I should be able to play my old games while it wait for my vita libary to expand.

franzito
franzito

Like this will stop future owners to buy

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

What the hell?! Seriously??? Loads of comments below are coming from the point of view that this will kill the Vita's reputation :? Guys come on, get real. This thing will be bought for Modnation racers, Uncharted, and Resistance. PS1 games were cool yeah, but times have long moved on.

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

Umm.. I never even expected it to have the old PS1 games anyway? The fact they're coming at a later date is just another added bonus. Who still plays PS1 games anyway? Like seriously? Not many folks i'd imagine.. This ain't news, just scraping the barrel.

imprezawrx500
imprezawrx500

Many things are looking bad for the vita Costs as much as a good smartphone no internal storage and expensive sony memory cards rather than cheap sd cards Have to rebuy psp games Battery life is looking to be pretty average To big to fit in your pocket = not a real portable device.

hippiesanta
hippiesanta

don't really care... move forward for real vita games

RACiEP
RACiEP

@shadowhunter0 - Ahh thanks for the link. For some reason these seem a little different at whatever site I go to. This list looks okay. It's nice to see ModNation Racers and Uncharted up there. Some of them are throwaway titles though, like Hustle Kings, Top Darts, etc.

pakhair
pakhair

I don't care, I think I've played almost every PSX game I wanted in this lifetime on PSX or PSP. I still hope there is a service to play PS2 games on Vita, aaahhh goes on dreaming

X-RS
X-RS

Soiny really knows how to mess thing up....

RACiEP
RACiEP

@shadowhunter0 - Oh are there more to come? That's always good news. However, I thought most of the announced titles were to be released AFTER the hardware launch. I'll admit it, I simply don't know that one and I assumed most would not be launch. Either way, I simply don't see myself paying that much for a handheld. It's fine if you do, but it's just my personal opinion.

shadowhunter0
shadowhunter0

@Nilbogssa wrong you don't have to rebuy digital games transferring digital games on to the vita will be FREE what that program is actually called and what it actually do is first it is called UMD PASSPORT and what is does is simple you purchase digital versions of a game that you own on UMD at a discount

shadowhunter0
shadowhunter0

@RACiEP a weak launch lineup now that is just bull I have seen a list of the first party titles for launch and there are amazing games on it and I'm sure there will be more when they announce the third party games for launch

Flint247
Flint247

The PS Vita launch might be a little shaky.

shadowhunter0
shadowhunter0

@nickythenewt21 first you only have to buy the digital version of a game that you own on umd at a discount if you want to play them on the vita but they are forcing you to do it and all your digital psp games and save data will be free to transfer over to the vita and second if you read this is only in Japan the US will support psone classics and if it doesn't support it right away what would rather have you get the vita earlier without psone support that will come in a later update or wait until it supports it already I'll be to busy playing the vita games when I get my vita and wont be to worry about playing ps1 games on the vita (I don't have to worry about my psp games since all my are digital and transferring those to the vita will be free) and I will be getting the 3g one week earlier bundle

zzamaro
zzamaro

A future update will probably allow to play them. Honestly, who would want them to play right away anyway? I mean, we already have seen how expensive they are so if people like me would wait, we could get everything we want once the vita has all of the features loaded and cheaper memory sticks(whatever they are called for vita) if we are patient :D

Joedgabe
Joedgabe

Why would I care ._. the PsP could do that.

raahsnavj
raahsnavj

The PSVita also won't support my hands, seeming I won't be buying one. Between the fact it will be overpriced, has beyond expensive memory cards, and is trying to be a console experience with a small screen I just don't see the draw. Maybe for people that are always on the go, traveling, or can't kick everyone off the TV in their house this would be a good idea though.

sulaymanqazi
sulaymanqazi

well. we early adapters are still gonna get a PSVita on day 1. We know how to support a system unlike the 3ds