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The latest system software update (v1.80) to hit the PlayStation Vita will allow gamers to play PSOne Classics on the handheld, Sony announced last night at gamescom.

A bunch of other features will arrive with the update, including "Cross Controller", which allows you to use the PS Vita as a controller for your PS3. This feature will only work with compatible games, such as LittleBigPlanet 2. All PS Vita functionality will be used in Cross Controller, which is accessed by using the Remote Play function in the Cross Media Bar.

The PlayStation blog lists all the features included in update 1.80:

  • The ability to control the home screen menu using the Vita's face buttons.
  • The addition of playlists in the music menu
  • The web browser now supports rear touch functionality
  • Playback speed control and repeat play for videos
  • MPO format supported for photos
  • Add photo attachments to group messages
  • Improvements to the Maps app
  • Near can now access information from surrounding WiFi hotspots without being connected to the internet and update location data at a later time.

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rbevanx@ dav2612

I honestly can't believe Sony didn't think to add PS1 compatibility to the Vita right from the get go.

It really has been badly handled the Vita.
Posted 17:02 on 15 August 2012
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dav2612

From Playstation Blog...

PS One Classics on PS Vita:
Yes, you’ve been asking for it! From 28th August you’ll be able to play select PSOne titles on your Vita. Titles confirmed so far: Final Fantasy VII, Metal Gear Solid and Resident Evil 2.
Posted 16:13 on 15 August 2012
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pblive

From what they're saying it's going to be similar to the PSP compatibility, so should be a fair few at launch.
Posted 16:05 on 15 August 2012
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dav2612@ SelfSuicide

I think the initial batch of PS One games is something like 3.
Posted 16:01 on 15 August 2012
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SelfSuicide

I wonder how many PS1 games will be playable upon patch release; it could be an irritating wait for each classic to get patched.
Posted 15:34 on 15 August 2012
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Endless

Too little too late for our family I'm afraid, my wife would almost certainly have still had her Vita if she could have been playing Final fantasy 7 & 8 + other PsOne classics closer to launch.
Posted 14:50 on 15 August 2012
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