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Vita Update 1.80 Brings PS1 Classics

Long-time PlayStation fans have wanted PS1 classics to be functional on the PlayStation Vita since the portable hit store shelves in February.

Well, they're coming. As one of the many great announcements made at the Gamescom event today, Sony confirmed that System Software Update v1.80 will deliver support for classic PS1 titles.

You'll also be able to make various setting changes while games are running, and even take screeshots of the gameplay. But that's hardly the only significant feature that will be added via update 1.80; click through the link above to read up on all of 'em. There's Cross Controller, which lets you use the Vita as a controller when playing a game on the PS3, the option to control the basic menus with the standard buttons, playlists will be supported in Music, and much more.

The reasons to own a Vita are mounting by the second. By the end of the year, perhaps all serious gamers should really own one... Or do we need a price drop first?

Tags: ps1 classics, ps1 games on vita, playstation vita, vita update 1.80

8/14/2012 9:13:45 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (18 posts)

WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, August 14, 2012 @ 10:22:43 PM
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Price drop first, but this is a feather in their cap. I just wish there was a way to play UMDs. Don't wanna have to rebuy games.

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Qubex
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 @ 12:20:13 AM

Yep, its a sensible request, and it has been asked many times. But I don't think Sony will not budge on it. To have re-buy games is going to be a problem for a great many people...

A price drop get definitely vault the Vita sales... but that will happen in time, Sony know this and I am sure have made the necessary arrangements when best to do it... It could be that they bring a price drop forward rather waiting.. maybe holidays 2012...

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 @ 12:56:24 AM

Even if we don't get some magic UMD reading device it'd be cool if we could just mail it in for games that are also available digitally and get a code or something. Be cheaper.

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Dancemachine55
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 @ 2:11:41 AM

Why don't you do what I did? Trade all your PSP stuff at EB or Gamestop or wherever and put the money towards a Vita!

I traded my PSP knowing full well that UMD's would most likely be scrapped on the NGP. I was right.

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SmokeyPSD
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 @ 3:19:08 AM

I think the UMD ship has flown. I actually thought to myself there's no point in buying them a long time ago and went digital on the PSP for just this purpose. There's just no way that they would be supported on a new platform.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 @ 10:35:15 AM

Because then all my games will be gone Dancemachine.

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Highlander
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 @ 12:26:21 PM

I long since switched to digital games on PSP for this reason, the PSP Go was the obvious test case, and there was no UMD support there. Honestly, if you didn't see the writing on the wall for UMD in Vita when the Go was around, you really weren't paying much attention.

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PHOENIXZERO
Friday, August 17, 2012 @ 6:39:03 PM

It's up to publishers for the vast majority of PSP games not Sony, the program more or less failed in Japan due to the lack of publisher interest. They certainly should have considered producing a UMD drive as an add-on (with its own power source) though there's no way in hell it should have been in the Vita itself. The odds of it happening are beyond slim though, even if it would be fairly inexpensive to produce there's probably not enough interest in it as most current PSP owners would just keep their PSP.

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kraygen
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 @ 1:16:41 AM
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Been waiting for this news. I like my ps1 games on go and I prefer my ps1 rpgs on my handheld. They look a little odd on my big screen tv.

I however don't really agree that Sony should drop the price. I would rather they provide all these features and make it worth the $300. It really is an amazing machine even without all the games.

I understand the desire to get things cheap, I'm cheap, but I'd rather pay more for something nice, than pay less for and get crap.

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kraygen
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 @ 1:21:36 AM

The improved web browser controls will be much appreciated as well.

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Vivi_Gamer
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 @ 3:12:09 AM
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One of the most obvious features I would expect for the console, I'm all for this. It just makes the upgrade more reassuring Also I heard they're now putting an update which lets you use the buttons to control the main menu, which is something I really wanted as I do not like to touch screens.

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___________
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 @ 6:34:27 AM
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FINALLY!
only took them six months.............
i doubt it will be out this month though, every time they say late x, especially when said x finishes in 2 weeks it ends up being delayed!
how can you be 2 weeks out from this releasing and not know the release date?

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sawao_yamanaka
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 @ 8:55:50 AM

They said August 28th.

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Superman915
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 @ 8:01:18 AM
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So this means ALL my ps1 games can be played on a vita?

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gumbi
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 @ 8:18:44 AM
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Yay! Legend of Dragoon awaits!

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ethird1
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 @ 10:23:56 AM
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I have close to 30 ps1 games ready to be ported over to my VIta!

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Highlander
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 @ 12:24:17 PM
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Y'all missed the part where it was revealed that the PS Plus cloud save feature is being upgraded from 150MB to 1GB of space...and will now work for Vita. so you can save to the cloud on both PS3 and Vita.

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ulsterscot
Monday, March 04, 2013 @ 2:46:19 PM
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I think some shooters will dispense with the single player campaigns - Crysis and Killzone have great campaigns and maybe that's why people buy them - but the vast vast majority of COD and BF players are multiplayer only - so why waste time developing a campaign?

I expect free-to-play to eventually replace the current model. Crytek's "Warface" looks fantastic and Call Of Duty's Modern Warfare is being given a test run in Asia with the series combined maps - and it seem to be doing quite well. Micro transactions are coming. Instead of the long slog to unlock weapons/attachments - you will pay $$$$ (or ££££..) for the same item.

You can also expect FPSs to continue the good working of eliminating lessor genres.

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