Getting PS1 Classics right with PS Vita 1.80 update

By Alan Ng - Jul 4, 2012

We finally have some good news for those of you who currently disappointed with Sony’s stance on PS1 classics support for the PS Vita. News out of Japan is suggesting that this feature is finally on the way and will happen when Sony updates the system with a firmware update to version 1.80.

As most of you are well aware, this feature has been long overdue and just like Remote Play support – it remains a key point of disappointment on two areas that Sony have failed to deliver on, despite promising both prior to launch last year.

Better late than never we say though. The system has just got a very decent YouTube application that supplies Vita users with videos in glorious HD and now the Vita will be even more powerful when it can call upon the entire back catalogue of PS1 gems to kill a few hours.

Thanks to some brief details at E3, we know that Final Fantasy VII and Tomb Raider are going to be amongst the first batch of PS1 games that will be available once the feature is live. However, specific details are still unknown at this point, ie a specific date for when PS1 Classics will be available and also the crucial info on whether gamers will need to repurchase PS1 games from the store in order to make them playable on Vita.

Hopefully that won’t be the case though and it will just be an easy task of heading to your download section on the PS Store and re-downloading them direct onto the PS Vita. We also hope that this is the entire PS1 collection we’re talking about and not just a ‘selection of the best’. It would be nice to find that obscure PS1 game that you always loved and find out that you can revisit the title using the boosted visuals when playing on the Vita.

It’s a step in the right direction for sure though Sony, keep it up. Do you have a healthy selection of PS1 classics that you’ve already paid for? Let us know what games you are waiting to put on the Vita. Let’s not talk about Remote Play for now.

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