Perhaps as part of Sony’s maintenance work to PSN yesterday, Vita owners are now able to download purchased PS1 and PSP titles that previously weren’t available for downloading to the system.
Ever since the Vita’s launch, the system’s support of digitally-downloaded PS1 and PSP games has be strangely spotty. Some games were up in the Vita version of the PlayStation Store, available for purchasing or downloading. Some weren’t available for downloading directly to the Vita, but could be copied over to the system if you first downloaded it to a PS3 and then transferred it from there to the Vita via system link. And then, other games simply weren’t available for putting onto a Vita no matter the route you took.
This was especially frustrating for some Vita owners over the past weekend, when Sony ran a big sale featuring all of the Crash and Spyro PS1 titles for $1 each. The problem? None of them could be played on the Vita.
Then, yesterday afternoon, various people online began to notice that, suddenly, those game were downloadable to the Vita through its downloads list (the list providing access to all previously-purchased digital content). While that was cause enough for excitement, that lead to others discovering that even more games were now available for transfer to the portable—including long-requested PSP titles like Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops, Phantasy Star Portable 2, and Gran Turismo PSP.
So, this is what seems to be the situation as of now:
- If you’ve purchased PS1 or PSP digital content, they were playable on the PSP, and the content is still in your downloads lists, you should be able to download the game to the Vita.
- If the content was pulled from the PlayStation Store but still exists on download lists, you can download the game if you previously purchased it. If you never purchased it prior to it being pulled from the store, you still can’t purchase it. (Example: Phantasy Star Portable 2)
- If the game was pulled from both the PlayStation Store and download lists, then the game will still be gone from your download list and not available for downloading. (Example: Magical Drop F, Kyuiin)
- If the game was and still is available for purchasing and downloading from the PlayStation Store, but was never made available for transferring to a PSP, then it still isn’t downloadable to a Vita. (Example: Pocket Fighter)
Remember: at least for now, this content is only accessible through the PlayStation Store’s downloads list. Searching for the game in the store and trying to download it from the game page won’t work for the titles that just starting being downloadable as of yesterday.
The bad news:? The Vita’s downloads list is a total mess, and trying to wade through it to find what you’re looking for is torture. The good news? You can also use the downloads list on the PlayStation Store website (https://store.sonyentertainmentnetwork.com), and set the game to download to your Vita from there. While not great, the web version of the list is certainly better than scrolling through the list on the Vita.
…and not to rub it in, but playing Phantasy Star Portable 2 on the Vita, where you can set the camera control to the right analog stick, is so good.