You know how on your PS3 and Vita, when you are hassled for a firmware update? You spend an age waiting for it to download and install itself whilst you are unable to play a game, and when it’s finally complete you switch your console back on to find nothing has actually changed? Well firmware 1.8 for the Vita is just like that, except with extra PSone.
Yes that’s right, at some point during the summer (so probably in the next 6-7 weeks), Sony will finally give the Vita the one feature most gamers have been anticipating since its release. No, not more new releases (shame), but access to PSone classics like Resident Evil 2, Metal Gear Solid and Final Fantasy VII.
Up until now these games had only been playable using the laggy and blurry remote play option, but soon all of these games will be available in the original resolution direct on your Vita, either for purchase and download from the PSN store, or transferred over from your PS3 if you have already purchased and downloaded them to there.
Fear not however PS3 owners, you may not be left out of the retro party for too long. Japan will soon see the launch of the PlayStation 2 archive service, with games like Resident Evil: Code Veronica and Contra: Shattered Soldier amongst the first to launch. Hopefully we will see something like it soon in western PSN stores or failing that hopefully a way to stream these games that utilities the Gaikai technology Sony recently acquired.
Thanks to Andriasang