Monday, April 21, 2014

BREAKING: Crash Bandicoot, Spyro, and seemingly all other PS1 and PSP games now playable on the PS Vita in North America

UPDATE: Some people are confused as to how to download the games. Simply visit your download list in the Playstation store and press 'download', because the games aren't yet shown in the Vita store yet. For those who dont own the games yet, you can purchase them on the online Playstation store here.

For at least two years, people have been complaining that despite Sony's massive PSOne library available for download, many key titles were unplayable on the PS Vita (at least in North America). These titles include, but are not limited to, the Crash Bandicoot games, the Spyro games, Silent Hill 1 and Metal Gear Solid 1. Personally, I never cared all that much about their absence since the only game I'd be interested in replaying on that list is Silent Hill. Still, websites like Reddit and the official Playstation blog show that the demand is massive and people really care about these nostalgic titles.

After being featured in a 99 cent sale in the North American Playstation Store this past weekend, it is being reported by gamers that the Crash Bandicoot trilogy and the Spyro trilogy are now available for downloading and run seemingly without issue on the Playstation Vita system. As I type this, I can confirm that Silent Hill 1 (which was previously unavailable for download on the Vita) is installing on my PS Vita and seems to functioning as well as any other game. There is no indication that this is a glitch of any kind, but rather a sneaky improvement by Sony that is sure to be warmly welcomed by everyone. I only wish that they would have announced this before the 99 cent sale...

It is also being reported that seemingly every PSP game such as Phantasy Star Portable 2 is available and properly downloading. I am yet to find to a single game that won't download, so it very well may be that the reason Sony held off so long on Crash and Spyro vita functionality because they went through every title to make sure it worked. If this is the case, the Vita just received a massive influx of new playable titles. I will update accordingly if it turns out that this is not the case.

Today is a fantastic day for Vita owners, but from where I stand, Silent Hill is just another game to add to my massive Vita backlog. I'm certain that plenty of people will be playing through their favorite classics this week, and I'm happy for them and the Vita community as a whole, but Playstation Plus has cursed me with a consistent flow of new games that I am struggling to find enough time for. How do you feel about this development? Are you enthralled or indifferent? To you non-Vita owners, does this persuade you in any way (seeing as the lack of these games was previously a common complaint)? Be sure to leave a comment below.

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