Playing PSP games on Vita: Sony shows how

While Sony has saved you the headache of paying to port your UMD-based PSP games over to Vita, the company's adamant that backwards-compatibility remains a selling point for the system. To demonstrate this, the PlayStation Blog has a lengthy list of PSP titles and PlayStation Minis already set up for Vita download.

If the title you want is a PlayStation Store item, you'll be given the option at purchase to download it to Vita via WiFi – or re-download it from the Store's Download List if you've already paid. If it's sitting on your PS3, however, you'll be connecting via USB and heading to PSV's Content Manager section to port the title over to the Vita's internal memory.

Here's Sony's list of the titles currently ready for Vita download. The company stresses that updates to the list will be frequent and imminent. If your favorite game isn't on the list, Sony doesn't want you panicking... but then, a good Internet Panic is exactly what would make this week go by faster, so we say go right ahead and freak out. Speaking of freak outs, be ready for one long list of games:

PSP Titles

101-in-1 Megamix
300: March To Glory
The 3rd Birthday
Ace Combat: Joint Assault
Adventures To Go!
Alpha Mission II
Archer Maclean’s Mercury
Armored Core 3 Portable
Armored Core: Last Raven Portable
Armored Core: Silent Line Portable
Art of Fighting
Assassin’s Creed: Bloodlines
Baseball Stars Professional
Blade Dancer Lineage of Light
BlazBlue Portable: Calamity Trigger
BlazBlue: Continuum Shift II
Blazing Souls Accelate
Bomberman ’94
Bomberman Land
Bomberman Legacy
ClaDun x2
Cladun: This is an RPG!
Class of Heroes
Corpse Party
Creature Defense
Crimson Gem Saga
Darkstalkers Chronicle: The Chaos Tower
Dead or Alive Paradise
Dirt 2
Disgaea 2: Dark Hero Days
Disgaea: Afternoon of Darkness
Disgaea: Infinite
Dissidia 012 [Duodecim] Prologus: Final Fantasy
Dissidia 012 [Duodecim]: Final Fantasy
Dissidia: Final Fantasy
DJ Max Portable 3
Dragon’s Lair
Dragoneer’s Aria
Dungeon Explorer
Dungeon Explorer: Warriors of Ancient Arts
Dungeon Maker Hunting Ground
Dynasty Warriors
Dynasty Warriors Vol. 2
Dynasty Warriors: Strike Force
Eye of Judgment Legends
Fading Shadows
Fatal Fury
Final Fantasy IV: The Complete Collection
Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions
Gladiator Begins
God of War: Chains of Olympus
God of War: Ghost of Sparta
Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus
Half-Minute Hero
Harvest Moon: Boy and Girl
Harvest Moon: Hero of Leaf Valley
Hot Brain
IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey
Innocent Life: A Futuristic Harvest Moon
Jikandia: The Timeless Land
Justice League Heroes
Kenka Bancho: Badass Rumble
The King of Fighters ’94
The King of Fighters ’95
Knights in the Nightmare
Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Legend
League Bowling
Legend of Heroes, The: Trails in the Sky
LEGO Batman: The Videogame
LEGO Harry Potter Years 5-7
LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean
Lord of Arcana
Lord of the Rings, The: Aragorn’s Quest
Lunar: Silver Star Harmony
Magician Lord
Major League Baseball 2K11
Mana Khemia: Student Alliance
Mega Man: Maverick Hunter X
Metal Slug
Metal Slug 2
Metal Slug Anthology
Metal Slug XX
Military History: Commander: Europe at War
Mimana Iyar Chronicle
Monster Hunter Freedom Unite
MX vs. ATV: Reflex
NBA 2K10
NBA 2K11
NBA 2K12
NeoGeo Heroes: Ultimate Shooting
New Adventure Island
No Heroes Allowed!
Patapon 2
Petz Dogz Family
Petz Hamsterz Bunch
Petz Saddle Club
Phantom Brave: The Hermuda Triangle
Pool Hall Pro
Power Stone Collection
Prince of Persia: Revelations
Prince of Persia: Rival Swords
Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands
Prinny 2: Dawn of Operation Panties, Dood!
Prinny: Can I Really Be the Hero?
Puzzle Guzzle
Ridge Racer
Riviera: The Promised Land
Samurai Shodown
Samurai Shodown Anthology
Samurai Warriors: State of War
Shin Megami Tensei: Persona
Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 2: Innocent Sin
Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 Portable
Shock Troopers
SNK Arcade Classics Volume 1
SOCOM U.S. Navy SEALs: Tactical Strike
Soldier Blade
Soul Calibur: Broken Destiny
Street Fighter Alpha 3 Max
Super Sidekicks
Super Star Soldier
Syphon Filter: Logan’s Shadow
Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together
Tekken 6
TNT Racers
Tom Clancy’s Endwar
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Predator
Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Essentials
Tron: Evolution: The Video Game
UFC Undisputed 2010
Ultimate Board Game Collection
Ultimate Ghosts ‘n Goblins
Valhalla Knights
Victory Run
Warriors of the Lost Empire
Warriors Orochi
Warriors Orochi 2
What Did I do to Deserve This My Lord?
What Did I do to Deserve This My Lord? 2
Wild Arms XF
World Heroes
World Sports Competition
Worms: Battle Islands
WWE Smackdown Vs. Raw 2011
Yggdra Union
Ys Seven
Ys: The Oath in Felghana
Z. H. P.: Unlosing Ranger Vs. Darkdeath Evilman

PlayStation Minis

3, 2, 1…SuperCrash!
4×4 Jam
5 in 1 Arcade Hits
Ace Armstrong Vs. The Alien Scumbags!
Actual Crimes: Jack The Ripper
Aero Racer
Age of Hammer Wars
Age of Zombies
Alien Havoc
Alien Zombie Death
Alpha Mission
Ancient Game Treasures: Mill
Apache Overkill
Arcade Darts
Arcade Essentials
Arcade Essentials Evolution
Archibald’s Adventures
Arctic Adventures
Babel: The King of the Blocks
Bashi Blocks
Beam ‘Em Up
Blast Off
Blimp: The Flying Adventures
Block Cascade Fusion
Boom Beats
Brick Breaker
Bubble Trubble
Bunny Dodge
Burnin’ Rubber
Busy Sweets Factory
Car Jack Streets
Carnivores: Dinosaur Hunter
Charge! Tank Squad!
Coconut Dodge
D-Cube Planet
Doodle Fit
Dr. MiniGames
Express Raider
Flick Fishing
Flying Hamster
Fort Commander II: Counterattack
Fort Commander: King’s Gambit
Freekscape: Escape From Hell
Funky Punch
Gold Fever
Hello Flowerz
Heracles Chariot Racing
HISTORY: Egypt Engineering an Empire
HISTORY: Ice Road Truckers
Hot Shots Shorties: Blue Pack
Hot Shots Shorties: Green Pack
Hot Shots Shorties: Red Pack
Hot Shots Shorties: Yellow Pack
Hysteria Project
I Must Run!
Jane’s Hotel
JellyCar 2
Jewel Keepers: Easter Islands
Legend of Kunoichi
Let’s Golf
Lock ‘n’ Chase
Love Cupid
Mahjong Solitaire
Me Monster: Hear Me Roar!
Mighty Flip Champs! DX
Monsters (Probably) Stole My Princess
Normal Tanks
One Two Boat Racing
Panda Craze
Pinball Dreams
Pinball Fantasies
Quiz Animania
Ramen Heaven
Reef Aquarium
Retro Cave Flyer
Robin Hood: The Return of Richard
Rocks N’ Rockets
Route 66
Sheep Defense
Smash Break
Space Shooter for 2 Bucks!, A
Spaceball: Revolution
Spot the Differences!
Stellar Attack
Sweet Reversi
Tehra: Dark Warrior
Telegraph Crosswords
Telegraph Sudoku & Kakuro
VT Tennis
Who’s That Flying?!
Widget’s Odyssey 2
Widgets Odyssey
Young Thor
Yummy Yummy Cooking Jam
Zombie Tycoon


  • smcgarvey - February 10, 2012 10:46 a.m.

    Not gonna lie: Immediately looked for GTA: Chinatown Wars and Angry Birds minis on the list and had an attack of sad within 30 seconds. But it's launch. I expect this all to be temporary.
  • krejsy - February 10, 2012 2:27 a.m.

    What you guys should realize is that just because a game isn't on the list, it doesn't mean that it's unplayable on the Vita, I've read comments from importers on other sites that for example Valkyria Chronicles 2 is very playable. This list is just games that work 100% flawless on the Vita, and the research in this article is kinda poorly done since it leaves out important facts like this. At the same time it does not translate to that every game is at least somewhat playable.
  • coltsfanca - February 9, 2012 11:15 p.m.

    I've always stayed true to Sony when it comes to the PS3...but they are just asking for me to turn down the Vita for a 3DS now. At least the 3DS can play older DS're telling me I have to re-buy some PSP games, while other top notch PSP games like Kingdom Hearts and Crisis Core aren't even available for the Vita?
  • Corsair89 - February 9, 2012 9:05 p.m.

    No Crisis Core, Birth by Sleep, Valkyria Chronicles II, or Valkyrie Profile?! Fuck the Vita!! Jk, the list is pretty good. It actually has quite I few titles that I didn't expect it too have. Looking forward to launch!
  • darnell-l-armstrong - February 9, 2012 6:32 p.m.

    no angry birds (psp mini)? nooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
  • jiodjflak - February 9, 2012 6:21 p.m.

    No Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker? sony, i am disappoint
  • CrKnight - February 9, 2012 5:56 p.m.

    It's a decent list, but it's missing quite a few hit games and is mainly made up of remakes. Games like Bomberman '94 and King of fighters '94 and '95 are available, but not Crisis Core or Kingdom Hearts?
  • amaro57 - February 9, 2012 3:52 p.m.

    No Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep?... *eye twitch*
  • slimjim441 - February 9, 2012 6:23 p.m.

    IKR? I bought a PSP for just that game alone (and it was really the only game worth getting...). I'd buy it again if it became downloadable. KH was the deciding factor for me, but it looks like I won't be getting a PSV anytime soon.
  • coltsfanca - February 9, 2012 11:18 p.m.

    I don't own a PSP, but I thought it would be nice for me to get a Vita and get Kingdom Hearts + Crisis Core, to start out with. Now it defeats the purpose of me buying a Vita since it can't play those games anyways when more interested in playing past games.
  • JMarsella09 - February 9, 2012 3:44 p.m.

    Good list but it's missing valkyria chronicles 2
  • SomeOddGuy - February 9, 2012 3:25 p.m.

    The list is quite sizable in third party title support(which is primarily where my interest had lie) though I note how unusual it is that Sony has omitted over 90% of its first party titles for the system, especially all the titles people were given free at some point(purchase of PSP Go system during promotional period, Sony's apology gift to all registered users). Wonder what made them omit so many titles from their own catalog of games... At least Patapon 2 is on the list since that was the only one I had purchased.
  • hunter-vinsandwich - February 9, 2012 3:20 p.m.

    Chrisat, the original reason I got a PSP was for Dracula X, so I'm with you there. Granted, my 3DS is holding up pretty damn well and shows signs of kicking up, so I see no reason to get a PSVita, like, ever, so oh well.
  • hunter-vinsandwich - February 9, 2012 3:19 p.m.

    I didn't realize the PSP had this many games to begin with. :x Mine just collects dust.
  • lemur - February 9, 2012 3:14 p.m.

    I'm glad to see that I can still play patapon on my PS vita.
  • SPAZFM - February 9, 2012 3:01 p.m.

    No metal gear games .....
  • chrisat928 - February 9, 2012 3:02 p.m.

    The HD Collection is coming to Vita.
  • chrisat928 - February 9, 2012 2:57 p.m.

    The only UMD game I have that isn't on the list, that I care about playing again is Castlevania: Dracula X Chronicles.

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