European PS Vita owners get over 100 new (old) games. But America only gets to buy 9 of them?

PlayStation Vita finally gets PSOne Classics support today in Europe, allowing gamers to play first-generation PlayStation games on their shiny new handhelds. However, it won't actually work fully until tomorrow when the PS Store updates. Before then, you can transfer PSOne games from your PS3's hard drive using the 'Copy' function, once you've installed today's 1.8 Vita firmware update.

American Vita owners can use this method too... and it looks like they'll need to, as only 9 titles are initially available to download directly. Hardly the service Vita owners have been clamouring for, unless your favourite game is Arc the Lad. Hmmm.

Above: Arc The Lad is one of nine PSOne games hitting US Vitas tomorrow

The firmware update is live now and includes more welcome functionality, such as the ability to control the home menu with the face buttons (which is very nice - we're sick of starting a game and then immediately having to get out a cloth to wipe away the smudge), an option to import iTunes playlists, cross-console control for compatible games and some cosmetic tweaks to the notifications system. There's also new rear touchpad control for the internet browser.

So here's that European PSOne Classics list in full, hitting the PS Store tomorrow:

40 Winks
A Bug’s Life
A Bugs Life and Monsters Inc bundle
Abe’s Exoddus
Abe’s Oddworld Oddysee
All-Star Boxing
Arc Arena: Monster Tournament
Arc the Lad
Arc the Lad II
Arc the Lad III
Arcade Hits: Shienryu
Arcade Hits: Sonic Wings Special
Atari Anniversary Edition
Atlantis and Hercules Bundle
Bishi Bashi Special
Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain
Buzz Lightyear of Star Command
Cho Aniki
Cool Boarders
Cool Boarders 2
Crash Bandicoot
Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back
Crash Bandicoot 3 Warped
Critical Depth
CTR: Crash Team Racing
Destruction Derby
Dezaemon Plus
Disney’s Action Game ft. Hercules
Eagle One: Harrier Attack
Everybody’s Golf 2
Fear Effect
Fear Effect: Retro Helix
Fighting Force
Fighting Force 2
Final Fantasy VIII
Final Fantasy IX
Final Fantasy V
Final Fantasy VI
Final Fantasy VII
Front Mission 3
Galaxy Fight
Gex 3: Deep Under Cover
Gex 3D: Enter the Gecko
Guilty Gear
Hardcore 4X4
International Track & Field
Jet Rider
Jet Rider 2
Jigsaw Madness
Judge Dredd
Junior League Soccer PS1
Jumping Flash
Kula World
Kurushi Final
Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver
Lilo & Stitch
Little Mermaid 2
Little Mermaid 2 and Winnie The Pooh bundle
Metal Gear Solid
Mickey’s Wild Adventure
Miracle Quad Racer
Miracle Space Race
Missile Command
Monsters Inc
Motor Toon Grand Prix 2
Namco Heritage bundle
Pandemonium 2
Parasite Eve 2
Peter Pan
Pooh’s Party Game
Rainbow Six
Rally Cross
Rascal Racers
Rayman 2: The Great Escape
Reel Fishing
Resident Evil 2
Resident Evil 3: Nemesis
Resident Evil: Director’s Cut
Ridge Racer Type 4
Silent Hill
Snowboard Racer
Sorcerer’s Maze
Spin Jam
Sports Superbike
Street Fighter 2 Alpha
Super Star Dance Club
Syphon Filter
Syphon Filter 3
Tekken 2
Tomb Raider
Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation
Tomb Raider Chronicles
Tomb Raider 2
Tomb Raider 3
Toy Story 2
Toy Story Racer
Toy Story Racer and Toy Story 2: Woody and Buzz bundle
Twisted Metal
Urban Chaos
Vagrant Story
Wild Arms

By comparison, the US Store is getting:

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

No, we don't know why either. But we have contacted Sony for a reason, so we'll see what comes back. In the mean-time, there's this thread on NeoGaf which is archiving compatibility with the various installation methods for American users. It looks like games acquired through PlayStation Plus don't install on Vita, but legitimately bought versions of the same games do. It's all a bit of a faff if we're honest, but things should improve once the list of officially-supported games expands. Updates are planned over the coming weeks and months.

Unimpressed? Or just pleased the functionality's finally there? Let us know in the comments.


  • jackthemenace - August 29, 2012 10:50 a.m.

    It's nice to see Europe getting more than the US or Japan for once, we always seem to miss out on a lot of stuff. Still, I don't expect it to stay exclusive for too long- there are far too many whiny Americans for Sony to ignore for too long. Is it wrong that the most exciting thing on there for me wasn't anything like Final Fantasy, but Buzz Lightyear of Star Command? I remember having it on GameBoy Colour, and- when I was about six- it BLEW my MIND.
  • samsneeze - August 28, 2012 10:46 a.m.

    Five Final Fantasy games, but no Dragon Warrior VII? Fuck off.
  • IceBlueKirby - August 28, 2012 9:53 a.m.

    Arc the Lad is one of my favorite games, but I don't have a Vita to play it on, so I don't really care about the paltry list we're getting. I'd imagine it will have expanded considerably by the time I actually get a Vita.
  • v8ninety - August 28, 2012 9:47 a.m.

    So you can now play games from two generations ago on the latest generation console. Sony must really be patting themselves on the back for that one, great going guys. I can't see how this will help attract new PS Vita owners what I need to see is a commitment to the release of new software which can fully use the capabilities of the Vita.
  • CrashmanX - August 29, 2012 9:24 a.m.

    To be fair, being able to play a lot of these games on the go actually does attract quite a few people. I know friends who got a VITA for the PS1 classics and a few of the new games cause they didn't have a PSP. I highly doubt they stopped all other production just to work on this. Also, bitch at the Developers then. They're the ones who make the games, not Sony (Unless it's SCEA or similar).
  • filipe-alves - August 28, 2012 7:07 a.m.

    Well, this is weird. What could be the reason for this difference? Makes no sense...
  • Chronicus_Pr1me - August 28, 2012 6:36 a.m.

    As an American, I realize how often EU gamers get the short end of the stick so I'm not bitter, jealous or complaining. I'm just happy we're all getting more content for the vita.
  • MarLBro16 - August 28, 2012 5:45 a.m.

    OMG Im American and this so not bugs... not only i dont have a vita but i live in Europe and Americans should stop crying because they get so many things that Europe doesnt, This is ridiculous LOL why dont u make an article like that when things get released in the US and dont in Europe We dont have netflix and hulu.... U DO LOL, well i do cuz i got my VPN :P
  • ParagonT - August 28, 2012 8:19 a.m.

    So wait... Your an American that lives in Europe?
  • Scrotie McBoogerballs - August 28, 2012 11:58 a.m.

    Ugh, you're awful. The saddest part is that I know you don't agree so you'll never change :(
  • acridweasel - August 28, 2012 5:37 a.m.

    If Americans want full parity with the EU Store then that's fine by me. Just know that you'll have poor communication with Blog managers, extremely late release dates (The Walking Dead just one example), huge errors with games if downloaded soon after the Store update (Assassin's Creed for PSP could not be *launched* let alone played), and vastly fewer games available than current US levels (this PSOne issue aside). So, come on in. The water's tepid.
  • Fox_Mulder - August 28, 2012 5:22 a.m.

    Wait I'm confused. So that list is of games you can download directly to your Vita? Or just ones you can play on Vita? I'm fine with downloading them on my PS3 then copying them over to Vita. Still, for people who can't do that, its a dropped ball as far as US consumers are concerned.
  • Cyberninja - August 28, 2012 12:59 p.m.

    If you have it on your ps3 it can be copied if its on the eu store as well
  • Shinn - August 28, 2012 4:43 a.m.

    Weird. Usually it's 'everywhere Asutralia and New Zealand getting well stocked digital stores'

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