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Four Big PSOne Classic on Vita Questions Answered (Updated 8/30)

Posted on August 29, 2012 AT 03:25pm

One of the main features that owners of Sony’s latest handheld have been clamoring for since its release is the ability to play PSOne Classics.  Thankfully, the wait is now over since the PS Vita System Update v1.8 launched yesterday.  With shockingly few details put forward by Sony on the specifics of how this update functions, I’m here to answer some of the biggest questions in relation to PSOne Classic support.

Do the games look good and run well?

The OLED screen on the PS Vita has yet to disappoint me by making any content I display on the darned thing beautiful.  The games look really good on the Vita and it comes with a variety of custom options for how to be displayed on the screen.  By holding a finger down on the touch screen while running one of the games, you can bring up a menu which lets you choose between four display options: original, normal, zoom and full.

I’ve been sticking with normal thus far which stretches the image ever so slightly vertically to fit the screen.  Original is a bit small for me, especially with games that run the widescreen cutscenes, but it retains the original aspect ratio.  Zoom fills the entire screen, but cuts the edges off in a way that’s hard to cope with and may make gameplay difficult.  Full stretches the image so that it is the exact size of the Vita screen, but it makes the image look very stretched.

The games run like a dream on the Vita and I’ve experienced no problems with any frame rate or freezing issues.  One fun feature I’ve noticed thus far is, for games with multiple disks, if you hold a finger down on the touch screen and bring up that same menu used to adjust the display, there’s also a menu to “switch discs”.

How do I load the games onto my Vita?

Nine games, that I will list later in the article, are directly downloadable onto your Vita.  All you have to do is go into the store and buy them, if you haven’t already, or simply re-download the titles you already purchased.  For the remaining sixty-four titles available to play, you’ll have to download them using a combination of a PS3 and your Vita.

The first thing you need to do is download, but don’t install, the titles you’d like to move to your PS3.  Once they’re on your list of games in the XMB, you can connect the Vita to the PS3 and launch the Content Manager application on the Vita.  Once in there, you can choose to connect to a PS3 System.  Choosing the PlayStation option from there should allow you to see all of the PSOne Classics that are able to be transferred to your Vita.

How are the controls?

Honestly, the controls are very well done.  Again, by holding a finger down on the touch screen you can customize where the buttons are mapped, or leave as they stand.  For the R2 and L2 buttons, you can touch the right and left corners of the back touch screen.  For games that support the analog sticks, in that same customization menu, you can switch the controller mode from digital to analog and it will unlock the use of the sticks.  The nice thing about PlayStation controllers is that they haven’t changed much over the years, which makes it easy to adapt to the Vita’s controls.

What games can I get?

This is probably the biggest question you may have had and I wish I could say you can have any of them.  As it is, right now you can download nine titles directly from the PlayStation Store on your Vita: (Source | PlayStation Blog)

  • Arc the Lad
  • Cool Boarders 2
  • Final Fantasy VII
  • Hot Shots Golf 2
  • Jet Moto
  • Syphon Filter
  • Tomb Raider
  • Twisted Metal 2
  • Wild Arms

The full list of games that you can still get, but have to download from your PS3 to your Vita include: (Source | Reddit)

  • 2 Xtreme
  • Alone in the dark, a new nightmare
  • Arc the Lad
  • Arcade Hits: Shienryu
  • Arcade Hits: Sonic Wings Special
  • Breath of Fire IV
  • Burst Angel
  • Castlevania Chronicles
  • Castlevania: SotN
  • Command and Conquer Red Alert
  • Cho Aniki
  • Cool Boarders 2
  • Cyberbots: Fullmetal Madness
  • Destruction Derby
  • Dino Crisis
  • Dino Crisis 2
  • Final Fantasy Origins
  • Final Fantasy Tactics
  • Final Fantasy IV
  • Final Fantasy VI
  • Final Fantasy VII
  • Final Fantasy VIII
  • Final Fantasy IX
  • Gaiaseed
  • Gex 3
  • Harvest Moon: Back to Nature
  • Hot Shots Golf 2
  • International Track and Field
  • Jet Moto
  • Jumping Flash
  • King of Fighters 99
  • 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
  • Parasite Eve
  • Parasite Eve 2
  • Rally Cross
  • Rayman 1
  • Rayman 2
  • Resident Evil: DC
  • Resident Evil 2
  • Resident Evil 3: Nemesis
  • Saiyuki: Journey West
  • Street Fighter Alpha 1
  • Silent Hill
  • Syphon Filter
  • Syphon Filter 2 and 3
  • The Legend of Dragoon
  • Threads of Fate
  • Tomb Raider
  • Toy Story 2
  • Twisted Metal 2
  • Unjammer Lammy
  • Vagrant Story
  • Warhawk
  • Wild Arms
  • Wild Arms 2
  • Xenogears

While this is not quite the list I was hoping for, I’m at least thankful that the update has arrived and more titles should be on their way shortly.  So, what are you waiting for?  Go out and play your favorite PSOne Classics on your Vita!  Personally, I’m hoping that Grandia is available for the Vita fairly soon in the US.

Update 8/30: Sony has added 26 new PSOne Classic titles that can be downloaded directly to your Vita:

  • Alundra
  • Arc the Lad II
  • Championship Bass
  • Extreme Pinball
  • Grandia
  • Hi Octane: The Track Fights Back
  • Klonoa: Door to Phantomile
  • Magic Carpet
  • Medal of Honor
  • Medal of Honor Underground
  • Nuclear Strike
  • Oddworld Abe’s Exxodus
  • Oddworld Abe’s Oddysee
  • Populous-The Beginning
  • R4 Ridge Racer Type 4
  • Rayman 1
  • Rayman2
  • SimCity 2000
  • Soviet Strike
  • Tekken
  • Tekken 2
  • Theme Hospital
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six
  • Tomba!
  • Vanguard Bandits
  • Wing Commander IV

This is definitely a good sign for how quickly the games will be added.  Happy PSOne game playing!

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