Sony explains why so few PSOne classics are available for Vita on the US store

Yesterday, we told you how PS Vita is the best way to play PSOne games. But there's no denying the US PlayStation Store in particular is very lean in terms of PSOne games you can actually download directly to your Vita. Yes, the 1.8 Firmware does allow you to transfer most PSOne games from a PS3's hard drive and play them without any problems on Vita, but that just makes the list of only 9 directly downloadable games so bizarre, especially when the EU store has a list of over 100.

Well, after contacting Sony for comment, Sony's US office has replied and this is what they have to say:

Each territory is completely unique and must go through its own individual processes for approvals in order to be available for purchase directly on PS Vita through PlayStation Store. We work collaboratively with all parties involved, including third party publishers, to ensure that we are following the proper protocol. As of right now, there are nine PS one classics titles available on the PS Vita store, however we are working hard to expand this list as soon as possible.

Above: PSOne games transferred from a PS3 but not all of them are available on Vita's store

So it sounds like they're going back through and making sure all of the publishing deals and licenses are still valid before making them available for republishing to a Vita. Either SCEE has just assumed it's all fine or started way ahead of the US office, but that is quite a disparity in terms of the two territories.

Like we said yesterday, it's been a bit of a palaver, but at least SCEA is actively trying to rectify the situation. And it is worth the effort. We'll get there in the end.


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  • magi2145 - November 7, 2013 6:01 p.m.

    ps1 classics on Vita Final Fantasy 9 Chrono Cross by far the best mgs of a great
  • mafyooz - August 31, 2012 12:39 a.m.

    Now if we can just get SCEE to make a similar statement as to why the rest of the PSN service is so bad compared to the rest of the world (constant delays, lack of decent PS1 & 2 games, overpricing etc)....
  • trent-darko - August 30, 2012 10:01 p.m.

    I don't have a ps3 anymore so now I have to wait to download the ps one games I bought. I only can download two to my vita so far. mega man and ff7. I still have soul reaver , resident evil 3, ff8 and ff9.
  • SunrisePoultry - August 30, 2012 12:34 p.m.

    If you look at it from a purely financial perspective, this makes a lot of sense to release them in weekly increments. Americans will generally spend more when it comes to ease of use and convenience. They probably looked at all the stats and figured if they have new releases every week they would profit way more than just released 100+ titles all at once.
  • kurkosdr - August 30, 2012 12:28 p.m.

    And the regional lockout nonsense lives on. Ever since the first consoles with regional lockout appeared and then the DMCA made it illegal to circumvent DRM (including region lockout), everyone want to split the globe in totally arbitary "regions". There was a investigation by the EU about DVD region lock preventing free trade, but it has stalled for unknown reasons.
  • TheMariner - August 30, 2012 1:49 p.m.

    It gets even weirder, though, when you realize that the VITA itself isn't region-locked. It's only the PSN stores that are segregated by region. I'll never understand it...
  • PhantasyPopStar - August 30, 2012 10:52 a.m.

    Really though who gives a shit? Emulation anyone? Got a laptop? EPSXE! got an Iphone? PSX4IPHONE! android Device? FPSE! Psp? hack that bastard with some motherflippin' CUSTOM FIRMWARE and stick on some iso's converted to EBOOT! Seriously people every single game for the PS1 is out there easily grabable for free on rom/iso sites. I don't feel guilty. It's been over a decade since these games came out. It's like they're milking us for every penny? Who honestly wants to pay for the exact same copy of Final Fantasy VII for the 13th time when Squeenix continue to ignore their fans when it comes to a remake. That's just one example...
  • edward-temblador - August 30, 2012 10:26 a.m.

    I had RE2 and silent hill on my PS3 and got it working on my vita, it's really great, I'm glad sony is doing this, I just really hope SCEA can get tomba 1 and 2 and einhänder for the vita as well, those were some of the greatest games I've ever played, really takes me back to the careless days of my youth, PLEASE SONY, the Japanese have these games on PSN already, just give us the US versions and you'll have a faithful Sony fan happy
  • RareHero - August 30, 2012 8:36 a.m.

    Regardless, SCEA is making a bunch of excuses at this point. Great, each territory has to settle licensing issues itself, but if SCEE could get the majority of their PS1 classics up on day one, there should be no reason why the other side couldn't do the same. Maybe SCEA screwed up the licensing terms from the get-go. Maybe they don't want to put the effort into a feature they feel the casual audience won't care about. Either way, they completely dropped the ball on this one, and they also failed to properly explain how to transfer the games from a PS3 to Vita.
  • prattnathan - August 30, 2012 9:17 a.m.

    Check out my comment below on how to move them from PS3 to Vita. Let me know if you have any questions.
  • prattnathan - August 30, 2012 6:24 a.m.

    While this is a bummer it's really just an inconvenience. The way around this for US (I'm from US, btw) is to redownload whatever PSOne game you want to your PS3, but DO NOT install it. Connect your Vita and switch to "Remote Play" on your PS3. Then go to "Content Manager" on your Vita and go through the motions of connecting to your PS3. After your connected you should see a list of possible options of things to pull from your PS3 to your Vita. Go to "Applications" then go to "Playstation". Here you should see whatever PSOne games you've downloaded, but NOT INSTALLED onto the PS3. Simply check whichever games you want and then hit "Copy". I did this last night with RE2 and RE3 and they work and play wonderfully. Sorry the directions aren't more completely spelled out, but I did this last night and am currently at work not working. Let me know if there are any questions.
  • jimmey-jay - September 1, 2012 6:06 a.m.

    spyro and chrono cross don't show up, have the install file on dashboard of ps3, actively connected to vita, but they don't show up. any suggestions?
  • prattnathan - September 6, 2012 8:09 a.m.

    Sorry, bro. Just saw this and you may very well have it figured out already. Did you go into the "applications" file of content manager? RE2 and 3 are still the only games I've done this with and it worked without a hitch. My bro-in-law did the same with some other PSOne games and his worked as well. Wish I had a better answer for you, but that's what worked for us.
  • ObliqueZombie - August 30, 2012 6:06 a.m.

    That's a bummer, since I don't have a PS3 and I've been eying the Vita for some time. I'm sure that when the time comes that I purchase one, this'll be sorted out.

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