While many adopters of the PlayStation Vita were anxiously awaiting word that Sony’s newest handheld would be able to play their precious PS2 and PS3 games, it seems that Sony has “no plans” to make this a reality.
In a Vita FAQ on the PlayStation Blog, Sony addressed the question:
Q: Is PS Vita compatible with other PlayStation platform games like PS3, PS2, or PSP? Do you have any plan to support other PlayStation platforms in the future?
A: PlayStation does not have plans to make PS Vita compatible with PS3 or PS2 titles at this point.
They did mention however that you can play supported digital PSP titles and Minis, just like you could on your original PSP. Sony also mentioned that they will announce further details about PSone classic titles “when they are ready.”
While this news is disappointing to hear, the Vita still has one of the strongest lineups for a handheld in quite some time, if not gaming history — so finding good games for the thing shouldn’t be an issue. Additionally, reviews are rather favorable as of recent, so be sure to check out ours if you’re on the fence for a purchase.
Update — Buy a game on PS3, Get it Free on Vita (Vice Versa)
In a post detailed on IGN, it appears that some cross-platform games that exist on both the PS3 and Vita will be available on both platforms for just one purchase.
Simply put: buy a game on your PS3 that’s also on Vita, you get the equivalent on Vita. Conversely, buy a game on Vita, get it’s equivalent on your PS3. This tucks away the issue of rebuying already paid for content.
So, when the Vita launches officially next week, you’ll be able to download MotorStorm RC, Hustle Kings, Top Darts, WipEout HD (and it’s HD Fury DLC) as well as Capcom’s, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 DLC on the PSN that will let enable you play on both PS3 and Vita for one price.
If you already own one of those games on PlayStation 3 or Vita, the equivalent software is yours for the downloading.
Way to go Sony, good move.