Many of us rolled our eyes when we saw Sony’s official list of PSP titles available on PSN that would play nice with the incoming PS Vita. Sure, there were 275 of them, but no Peace Walker, Gran Turismo or Grand Theft Auto:Chinatown Wars? Well, there’s some good news, thanks to the enterprising folks over at NeoGAF’s forums who have tested a veritable bevy of PSP titles on their Vitas.
The list of confirmed compatible games is given below, but you’ll doubtless be pleased to know that PSP titles such as MGS: Peace Walker, Gran Turismo, every Grand Theft Auto series and all of the NeoGeo and PC Engine/TurboGrafx titles will work with your shiny new Vita come February 22nd.
If you’ve already purchased a compatible title, then you can re-download them by leafing through the purchase history of your PSN account on your PS3 and then transfer it onto your Vita using the magic that is USB cables and the Vita’s Content Manager application. It looks like you can’t download titles that aren’t on Sony’s official list directly onto your Vita just yet.
The double-awesome news is that all PSP titles get a bit of a visual overhaul (thanks to up-sampling and the Vita’s colour space) and that you’ll have the option to map the right analogue stick to replicate the functions of either the face buttons or d-pad of the virtual PSP. If nothing else, that should make the aiming in Peace Walker a tad more bearable. You can access these tweaks by tapping and holding on the front touch screen whilst playing a PSP game.
Anyway, that’s enough rambling from me – and you’re probably infinitely more interested in seeing which other titles should work on the Vita:
Capcom Classic Collection: Reloaded
Capcom Classic Collection: Remixed
Capcom Puzzle World
Castlevania: Dracula X Chronicles
Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars
Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories
Hot Shots Golf: Open Tee
LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars
LocoRoco: Midnight Carnival
Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker
PQ: Practical Intelligence Quotient
Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters
Sega Genesis Collection
Silent Hill: Origins
Silent Hill: Shattered Memories
Sonic Rivals 2
Valkyria Chronicles II
All Neo Geo titles
All PC Engine titles