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E3 2012: PS1 Classics Finally Heading To Vita This Summer

Many were disappointed that the PlayStation Vita didn't support PS1 classics right off the bat.

But don't worry, they're coming. As SCEA president Jack Tretton announced on stage during Sony's E3 conference, the new portable will support those nostalgia-laced PS1 classics thanks to an impending software update due this summer.

This means you'll be able to sample everything from Final Fantasy VII to Resident Evil: Director's Cut to Crash Bandicoot on the Vita. There really are a ton of PS1 classics currently available and more are being added on a consistent basis. Besides, the Vita could use every new library addition possible, even if the additions are a good 15 years old or so. It was also noted in the press release that Sony "will further accelerate the expansion of the PS Vita platform through regular system software updates," so expect more enhancements.

Personally, I like the idea of having access to all my favorite PS1 games while on the go. Some aren't really the kind I'd sit down and play in my living room; some are just perfect for tooling around when you're out of the house (and maybe a little bored).

Tags: vita, playstation vita, ps1 classics, ps1 classics on vita

6/5/2012 9:18:13 AM Ben Dutka

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Comments (27 posts)

newchef
Tuesday, June 05, 2012 @ 9:39:47 AM
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ahhh speaking of crash bandicoot...what do you people think of the possibility of him being in all starts?

sorry for being so totally off topic

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Warukyure [Power User]
Tuesday, June 05, 2012 @ 12:56:33 PM

Despite that game launching near the release of the PS1, I really doubt if we'll see Crash (or even Spyro AKA Skylanders Purple Blob). Probably because no one really sees them as PS mascots anymore. Its been over a decade since they had a PS-only release, and there hasn't been a Crash game this gen. Not to mention Sony doesn't own the Crash series (except for the first 3 and CTR).

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oONewcloudOo
Tuesday, June 05, 2012 @ 6:22:00 PM

Tho Sony doesn't own crash anymore I'd love to see him in the game, he is sony's first mascot and somewhat put playstation on the map it would be horrible if he wasn't in it

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___________
Wednesday, June 06, 2012 @ 6:10:30 AM

what?
crash has had heaps of next gen titles!
shame $ony sold the license off to the devil though!
3 things ill NEVER forgive them for!
selling crash to the devil, selling spyro to the devil, and cancelling 8 days and the getaway 3, 2 of their best IPs for a crappy kids game!
oh not to mention restricting one of their best studios, team Soho, now london studio to crappy kids games!
madness, its like hiring Ferrari and saying sorry you cant make a supercar, from now on you make nothing but cheap crappy hatchbacks!
a bit of a waste of their talent no?

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Highlander
Wednesday, June 06, 2012 @ 9:57:36 AM

Sony never owned Crash, Naughty Dog were independent when Crash was a success, and the games were commissioned by Universal. So, when Sony brought Naughty Dog (2001) into the fold Crash was already owned by someone else - Vivendi Universal who then became part of the Activision group. Spyro was also developed for Universal who became Vivendi and then part of Activision. It also was never owned by Sony, or Insomniac. Ratchet on the other hand is owned by Sony.

Hope that clears things up.

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newchef
Thursday, June 07, 2012 @ 8:53:02 PM

yea it does clear things up a bit however it does make me very sad =(

Last edited by newchef on 6/7/2012 8:53:34 PM

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Cpt_Geez
Tuesday, June 05, 2012 @ 9:45:34 AM
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The vita is just getting better and better.

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gumbi
Tuesday, June 05, 2012 @ 9:49:48 AM
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Was very glad when Jack announced this. I love my Vita, but this is a feature they really should have had ready at launch.

In any case, PS1 games are coming to Vita! And this gamer is happy about it.

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coverton341
Tuesday, June 05, 2012 @ 10:32:18 AM

I agree 100% with you. I was sorely disappointed that PS1 games didn't function out of the box when I got my Vita, and I have been waiting and growing impatient but it's great to hear that it will finally be here this summer. Now if they could sort out the issue with the Minis that won't play on the Vita I would be ecstatic. I would love to be able to play Vector TD on the go.

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firesoul453
Tuesday, June 05, 2012 @ 9:57:49 AM
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i was debating whether or not to invest money into a vita or a 3ds, and I was leaning towards the 3ds because it didn't have the stupid proprietary memory cards but after e3....


Vita for sure!

Now if only I had $400 lying around so I could get one

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tes37
Tuesday, June 05, 2012 @ 10:01:05 AM
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I've played a few PS1 games on my Vita through remote play. The sound has some delay, but the controls were pretty responsive without any noticeable lag. I am looking forward to having them on my Vita though.

I just recently bought a 32GB memory card from Amazon for $81. I'd been hoping to find one cheaper than $99 and I really thought it wouldn't drop in price until the holiday season.

I plan on using my now idle 8GB card for stuff such as PS1 classics, but it won't take much to max it out.

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Highlander
Tuesday, June 05, 2012 @ 10:14:38 AM
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I can't help wondering what the *hell* took so long with this. The PS1 emulation runs on the PSP for crying out loud. Vita can emulate a PSP in real time, it could probably run the PS1 emulation in the PSP firmware inside the PSP emulator in real time. So *why* are we only jut now getting this 9 months after the initial release of the Vita?

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tes37
Tuesday, June 05, 2012 @ 10:44:52 AM

They may not have enough employees dedicated to expanding the functionality of the Vita's os.

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Highlander
Tuesday, June 05, 2012 @ 11:16:42 AM

That's possible, but it's a new product, so I doubt that they would skimp on that at this point. Not to mention it's supposed to be a PS Suite capable system isn't it?

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Oyashiro
Tuesday, June 05, 2012 @ 3:37:22 PM

I'm hoping that they used the time wisely, and that the PS1 emulation will have various filters like the PSP emulation does.

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BikerSaint
Tuesday, June 05, 2012 @ 7:29:04 PM

I'm wondering if it was due to those 3 games getting hacked earlier & Sony had to figure on either a way to try to hack-proof the rest of them somehow, or to the whole system before allowing them to resume over to the Vita????

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frylock25
Tuesday, June 05, 2012 @ 10:45:14 AM
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i am really happy this is finally going to happen as holding my psp for long amounts of time cramps my hands. holding my vita is a lot more comfortable. personally i cant wait to see where the vita will be in a year.

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kraygen
Tuesday, June 05, 2012 @ 11:55:10 AM
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They kept talking about how they needed time to make this work, I think they just wanted time to sell some vita only games.

I'm glad they're finally making this happen though, I love my ps1 games, but I'd rather play them on my handheld.

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Highlander
Tuesday, June 05, 2012 @ 12:02:04 PM

Honestly, I don't think they care about that as much as they care about selling more games. PS1 classics are in a lot of ways money for nothing, or at least money for old rope since the games already exist and the publication costs on PSN for a PS1 Classic are negligible. PS1 Classics are almost free money.

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StopTheWorldNow
Tuesday, June 05, 2012 @ 1:40:01 PM
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Well, I hope they don't wait until the end of summer to bring this feature... Final Fantasy, Tomb Raider and Rayman are gonna look fantastic on my vita! :P

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, June 05, 2012 @ 1:45:58 PM
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Remember when Square made good games?

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LimitedVertigo
Tuesday, June 05, 2012 @ 3:09:53 PM

2006

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ART359
Tuesday, June 05, 2012 @ 3:12:02 PM
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Metal Gear Solid PS1 Classic on my PS Vita. Enough said. I think many of us could agree with that.

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oONewcloudOo
Tuesday, June 05, 2012 @ 6:26:44 PM
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Will they able to use the right analog I wonder?

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___________
Wednesday, June 06, 2012 @ 6:06:27 AM
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this is news how?
they have been "coming" for 5 freaking months now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
pretty pathetic how a single hacker can do in a matter of days what its taken $ony, one of the biggest companies out there, MONTHS to!
come on $ony if a single school kid can manage to do it in a couple of days, surely the biggest company out there with the best engineers can manage in under a few months!
this is EXACTLY why $onys stock is the LOWEST its ever been in the companies HISTORY!
priorities all screwed up!
youtube for instance, is it really more important that ps1 classics?
$ony is more worried turning their systems into multimedia devices than they are turning them into what there suppose to be!
GAME DEVICES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Highlander
Wednesday, June 06, 2012 @ 12:12:18 PM

Hmmmm....based on the E3 conferences, I think you have Sony confused with MS. MS are preaching convergence and media across all devices and the ubiquitous Smartglass interface. Sony talked about games.

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___________
Thursday, June 07, 2012 @ 9:19:58 AM

M$ released the vita?
hmmmmm, interesting!

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