Giant Bomb News

214 Comments

Sony Makes PSOne Classics Available for Vita In Most Ludicrous Way Possible

If you live in America, you get nine officially supported games. If you live in Europe, you get over a hundred. What?

If you work at it, Cho Aniki is unofficially downloadable for North American Vita owners. You're going to want to work at it. HARD.

Good news, everyone who has been itching to download classic PlayStation games to their Vita! Now you can! Unless, of course, you live in North America, in which case... Bad news, everyone!

So, here's how this currently shakes out. Sony has announced nine supported PSOne games for North American Vita users...and 129 for European players. Why the absurd dissonance between regions? No idea. Sony hasn't said, and it doesn't sound like they will be explaining it any time soon.

However, here's where things get weird. Reddit users, as they are often wont to do, have compiled a list of games that can be played via a workaround, despite not being officially supported for North American users. Basically, you'll need to have a PS3 to download the games, and then do some transferring from there. You can read about the whole process here.

Undoubtedly, North American players will eventually be able to access all of these games in an official capacity, but until then you may have to do a little working around. Below this paragraph you'll find the full list of officially available games. Bolded and underlined games are officially available in North America, while the rest will be available in Europe once the Vita 1.8 update is downloaded. Reddit's list of unofficially downloadable games can be found here.

Since some people in the comments are confused, let me be super clear. The below list is ONLY officially released games for EU and NA. You'll have to go to the above Reddit link to see stuff that is unofficially downloadable.

That's gotta be a record for the most product links in a single news story, right?

Alex Navarro on Google+
214 Comments
Posted by Alex
If you work at it, Cho Aniki is unofficially downloadable for North American Vita owners. You're going to want to work at it. HARD.

Good news, everyone who has been itching to download classic PlayStation games to their Vita! Now you can! Unless, of course, you live in North America, in which case... Bad news, everyone!

So, here's how this currently shakes out. Sony has announced nine supported PSOne games for North American Vita users...and 129 for European players. Why the absurd dissonance between regions? No idea. Sony hasn't said, and it doesn't sound like they will be explaining it any time soon.

However, here's where things get weird. Reddit users, as they are often wont to do, have compiled a list of games that can be played via a workaround, despite not being officially supported for North American users. Basically, you'll need to have a PS3 to download the games, and then do some transferring from there. You can read about the whole process here.

Undoubtedly, North American players will eventually be able to access all of these games in an official capacity, but until then you may have to do a little working around. Below this paragraph you'll find the full list of officially available games. Bolded and underlined games are officially available in North America, while the rest will be available in Europe once the Vita 1.8 update is downloaded. Reddit's list of unofficially downloadable games can be found here.

Since some people in the comments are confused, let me be super clear. The below list is ONLY officially released games for EU and NA. You'll have to go to the above Reddit link to see stuff that is unofficially downloadable.

That's gotta be a record for the most product links in a single news story, right?

Staff
Edited by Morningstar

Some good solid games there, still won't make me buy a Vita though.

Posted by TwoLines

Haha! Finally, Europe is not the one getting fucked over!

...Bummer for the US guys though, this blows.

Posted by dekkadekkadekka
while the rest will be available in Europe when the next Vita firmware update launches there tomorrow.

I was able to download the 1.8 Firmware today in the UK. Not tried any PS1 games just yet though, almost zero space on my Vita's memory card.

Posted by forkboy

What a pleasant change that it's not us in Europe getting the short end of the stick!

Posted by Argo15

Interesting list!

Edited by Sweep

How legal is this "workaround"?

EDIT: Apparently it's pretty legal. Cool, I guess?

Moderator
Posted by Ninja

North Americans have Cool Boarders 2 on their list.... what more do they need?

Posted by GoofyGoober

Wow it is said when people have to get excited over PS1 games on a fucking 300 vita, Sony, what the fuck man?

Posted by Phatmac

Oh the irony that European players don't get shit on for once! I actually find this kind of funny. Stuff it American Vita owners! (I don't own a vita and never will so don't yell at me.) :(

Posted by halfpastwhenever

God Damnit, I think i'm gonna have to buy a Vita

Posted by Veektarius

You can't place economic sanctions on us, Japan! You'll live to regret this!

Posted by BlackLagoon

It's the same with Minis. I expect it's because emulator support and the transfer function is handled by the firmware and QA divisions, while putting them up for download is done by the store team, and the US one is putting a lower priority on this.

Posted by Video_Game_King

I uploaded that Cho Aniki picture to the site. You're welcome, Giant Bomb community.

Posted by alternate

Suck it yanks!

Edited by Reluctant_Hero

Most of this list was compiled from by fellow posters over on NeoGAF. Just sayin'... Also, GRANDIA definitely does not work.

Posted by ChosenOne

Alundra is a great game, everyone should play it.

Online
Posted by Skanker

@Phatmac: Agreed. I feel a sense of.. happiness thanks to this and The Last Story/Xenoblade. We all know america will get the games eventually anyway.

Posted by dekkadekkadekka

@Sweep: I would imagine 100% legal, as you own a license for the product you're transferring. As for support, you'll probably get none until it's "officially" supported.

Posted by august

Licensing might be more restrictive in America than in the EU.

Posted by Daniel_Newton

Tekken and Tekken 2 but no Tekken 3? Yo fuck this list.

Wait... Little Mermaid 2 and Winnie The Pooh bundle? Never mind, sold.

Posted by edwardt

Well... it supports Bishi Bashi Special.

Looks like I'm getting a vita.

Edited by BlackLagoon

@Sweep said:

How legal is this "workaround"?

It's an official function of the the Vita and PS3, so it's perfectly "legal". Vita support for PlayStation Minis has been the same way since launch, with some being downloadable directly, and some having to be transferred until added to the Vita store.

Edited by Fudge91

*Cough*

"as they are often want to do"

Edited by Goldanas

This is the exact same method to get PSP games on your Vita that aren't officially supported. I don't believe you can really say it was Reddit users who discovered this, when this function was found by NeoGAF and others not associated with the social gatherings so many months ago.

And it's not work. You just download the game on your PS3 and transfer it your Vita. Done. It's not fucking rocket science.

I would like an explanation as to why there's such a disparity though.

Posted by fargofallout

Sony!

Posted by Yadilie

@Sweep: This is the same thing people have been doing with PSP games on the Vita. Nothing new. Nothing illegal.

Posted by Alex

@Fudge91: Nope. Not a typo. Look it up. Wont is a word.

Staff
Posted by Marino

No Tomba. /sigh

Staff
Posted by KestrelPi
Posted by deskp

What will these cost?

Posted by drew327

I tried the workaround. Final Fantasy 5 would not transfer over for some reason, and a handful of games have the rear touch assigned to a button and I couldn't turn it off (SotN and RE3 specifically) so that was really annoying.

Posted by dekkadekkadekka

@Alex said:

@Fudge91: Nope. Not a typo. Look it up. Wont is a word.

This man drops truth.

Posted by Brenderous

I think we should rename North America. Call it Cooltown or something.

Posted by mrEkli

Really quoting Reddit? They got the list wrong. Games such as the Oddworlds and Final Fantasy V don't transfer. CheapAssGamer is more comprehensive. That's what you get for going to Reddit.

Edited by Fudge91

@dekkadekkadekka: @dekkadekkadekka said:

@Alex said:

@Fudge91: Nope. Not a typo. Look it up. Wont is a word.

This man drops truth.

Damnit, english how does it work..

Posted by Alex

@mrEkli: I didn't post any of the unofficial downloads. You have to click the link I posted to see the list Reddit compiled. The list I posted is just the official releases for EU/NA.

Staff
Posted by devilzrule27

People at reddit didnt figure this out, an Atlus PR guy tweeted it when the update went live last night. Its tye same exact workaround that people use for PSP games on the vita.

Posted by wrecks

@alex said:

Basically, you'll need to have a PS3 to download the games, and then do some transfarring from there.

Fixed.

Posted by Brodehouse

That's hella dumb.

Online
Posted by RenMcKormack

@Sweep: ALEX IS A COP DON"T DO IT.

Posted by OneManX

Some people so ready to pounce on a little mistake, end up with some great swings and misses.

From what I understand by some people on Twitter, is that you have to download the uninstalled version, transfer it to your Vita, then install it.

Posted by AhmadMetallic

So SONY releases a new expensive handheld and expects people to just buy remakes and spinoffs of games they already played on the home console? Is that what handhelds are for? No new IPs?

Posted by Vegetable_Side_Dish
@AhmadMetallic said:

So SONY releases a new expensive handheld and expects people to just buy remakes and spinoffs of games they already played on the home console? Is that what handhelds are for? No new IPs?

Are you complaining that people now have more games to play than before? That's what you're doing. 
Posted by thechronodarkness

I own all of these games I want to on disc. Not going to rebuy just to play on vita. There should be a way to install a ps1 game and do whatever from there. But oh well

Edited by vonFlampanker

@deskp: They seem to be $5.99 - $9.99.

I bought Metal Gear Solid for $9.99 to test out the transfer (it worked, by the way), as the PS1 games didn't even show up in the store last night. $5.99 across the board would be more of a fair price. Seemed to be that the multi-disc games were more expensive.

This is a pretty crap way to (continue to) treat Vita owners. This is something that should've been available at launch, not trickled out to make the release schedule seem a little more padded. Sony's gambling that there will even be a system to support by the time they get to the end of this list.

I know it's going to sound like I'm justifying here but artificial limitations and stonewalling when people seek answers are quite a bit of the reason people look for ways to hack the hardware so they can do as they please with it. It's frustrating to be hobbled due to some cumbersome corporate system's whims.

Posted by MackGyver

Sony hates North America?

Posted by OwnlyUzinWonHan
@drew327: That sounds awful, SotN and RE3 were going to be the two games I was gonna try the workaround with but if that's the case, I can wait.
Posted by Neurotic

Didn't a similar thing happen at the end of the PSP? They put a bunch of old games on sale but significantly less in the US than in Europe. I would claim that it's nice that Europe hasn't been screwed over for once but honestly, any of the games I would want here, I already have on my PS3. So who cares, I guess? I suppose I would be more excited if this were a bunch of older PS3 games. As a soon-to-be Vita owner (I'm delaying the purchase for as long as possible until Persona 4 Golden comes out), that would make me happy. Kinda.

Posted by Mr_Skeleton

There are some really good games in there.