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Vita firmware update 1.80 is live!

August 28, 2012, Author: Ray Willmott

The most significant Playstation Vita update so far is now available to download.

Prior to launch, one of the most anticipated features of Playstation Vita was the ability to play PSone games on the move. This is now possible thanks to today’s massive update. 100 PSone games are now playable on EU Vitas, and a rather underwhelming 9 on NA consoles (more will be added over time).

All hope isn’t lost for our American friends, however, as it appears some PS Bloggers have worked out that even more PSone games can be played on Vita if downloaded directly from your PS3 and transferred by the Content Manager Software. A full list of compatible titles hasn’t been determined yet

Excitingly, some of the biggest PSOne games are now playable on Playstation Vita, including Final Fantasy VIII, Metal Gear Solid, Tomb Raider, Cool Boarders, Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver, Rayman 2: The Great Escape and recently closed Studio Liverpool’s (formerly Psygnosis) gem, G-Police.

To date, the games are not still showing on the EU Store, and some have even complained that they’ve had to pay for the game a second time despite already owning it on PS3. Assumedly, these are teething problems and will be rectified over the next few days.

I’m sure you’ll agree, however, this update presents some amazing portable opportunities.

In addition to a wealth of PS1 games, the update also allows users to navigate the Vita Home Screen using the buttons, and the ability to use touch screen controls in compatible PSP games.

A full list of compatible PSone games is available from the link below.

UPDATE: We’ve received word that PSone games won’t appear on the Vita store until tomorrow. More on this as it develops. Also, to transfer titles between PS3 and Vita, you need make sure you have the PS1 game installer downloaded but not installed. Thanks to @Reidfeed for the information

(Source: Playstation Blog)