PlayStation Classic / PSP titles now playable on Vita

“Almost” every PlayStation Classic and PSP game on the PlayStation Network marketplace is now downloadable on the PlayStation Vita, as Sony quietly unveils one of the most awesome compatibility updates we’ve seen to date.

PlayStation Vita

PlayStation Vita

We don’t know the full story here, and Sony‘s remaining pretty quiet on it all, but reports are coming in that games – even those that were previously not available on the handheld – are now easily able to be downloaded. This includes classic titles like Spyro the Dragon and Crash Bandicoot, as well as more recent PSP outings like Mod Nation Racers.

The update hasn’t just made new games available for purchase, although (obviously) that’s a big part of it. If you’ve bought PSP or PS Classic games in the past with an account that’s linked to your Vita, you can now download those games – even if they’re not still offered for sale. For instance, Phantasy Star Portable 2 has been removed from shelves due to licensing issues, but if you already own it in another format, you’re good to go.

If you want to see for yourself, you’ll need to buy them from either your PS3 or the SEN web store – and take note, the PS Classic / PSP games do not show up on the SEN’s storefront as being available for Vita at this stage.

But! We did say almost every game. Some titles are reportedly unplayable at present, and until we hear from Sony, there’s no guarantee the others will remain playable. This could – strange as it seems – all be a glorious bug. We’ve crossed our fingers for now and will keep you posted.

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