The PlayStation Vita’s PSone capability is a hot mess

by 8 years ago

Talk about a mind-bogglingly embarrassing comedy of errors. Basically, it’s a Sony!


The other day, Sony released a firmware update that people actually wanted. Why? Because it was for the Vita, to allow the handheld the ability to run PlayStation 1 games, which is a nice little bonus.

Though having old PSone titles on the go is hardly new; there’s numerous PlayStation enabled Android phones on the market, though they all kind of suck, because the selection of supported titles is beyond meager.

But Sony promised over a 100 titles would arrive on day one, hence the excitement. In the end, only nine games were green lit. And every single Vita owner groaned in unison.

The games by the way are Arc the Lad, Cool Boarders 2, Final Fantasy 7, Hot Shots Golf 2, Jet Moto, Syphon Filter, Tomb Raider, Twisted Metal 2, and Wild Arms. Yes, not even Crash Bandicoot is unavailable. What the hell?

There is a way to get more than just the allowed nine on one’s Vita, but it’s supremely complicated and flat out retarded. Joystiq not only explains the process, but also offers a theory as to why things are the way they are: PSone emulation is not quite there yet.

Basically, you’re not running PSone games on a Vita, you’re running PSone games in a PSP container on a Vita. That make sense? And given how not all PSP games work perfectly to being with… you get the picture. Maybe. Possibly.

And given that the PS2 could run PSone games flawlessly, and the PSVita is damn near PS3 levels of horsepower, this all sounds pretty stupid doesn’t it? Well, it is. Oh, and the icing on the cake is how, in Europe, about a billion times more old titles are available up front.

Simply head to Destructoid for the full list. At this point, Sony desperately needs every reason they can muster to sell the public on the Vita, and once again, they keep giving people a reason to avoid the platform like the plague.

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