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Aug 14

PSone Classics Coming to PS Vita via the latest System Software Update (v1.80)

Eric Lempel's Avatar Posted by SVP, Marketing & PlayStation Network

Hi, everyone. One of the key announcements coming out of Gamescom today is that the next PS Vita System Software Update (v1.80) is coming your way late August, and will add support for playing PSone Classics on your PlayStation Vita. I know a lot of you have been looking forward to playing original PlayStation titles on the go.

In addition, you will be able to make various setting changes while games are running and take screenshots of your gameplay.
*It might not be possible to take screenshots in some applications, or in some parts of applications.

Listed below are a few other new features that will be added with the 1.80 update:

Cross Controller

The new Cross-Controller feature will allow you to use PS Vita as a controller to play compatible games on PS3, such as LittleBigPlanet 2. This feature lets you take advantage of PS Vita’s rich features including the touch screen, rear touch pad, six-axis motion sensing system, and cameras.

To access the cross controller feature you need to launch the Remote Play application and then click on the Cross-Controller icon.


As many of you have requested, you will now have the option to control the home screen and some features of applications such as Videos and Music with the buttons on the PS Vita system.


Playlists will be supported in Music. You will be able to transfer iTunes (10.6.3 or later), M3U, and M3U8 playlists from a PS3 or a PC using Content Manager.

Web Browser

Rear touch pad operation will be supported by the browser, allowing you to scroll through and zoom out of pages without obscuring the screen.


The following controls have been added to Videos:

  • Playback speed control
  • Repeat play

Viewing photos in MPO format will now be supported, with the ability to transfer MPO files from PS3™ and PC using Content Manager.
* 3D and multi-angle viewing are NOT supported.

Group Messaging

Along with some new layout enhancements, you will be able to take photos to add as attachments when writing Group Messages.


The Maps feature has been improved by adding a button on the top screen to switch between “Search for Location” and “Search for Directions.” You can also touch and hold a location on the map and place a user flag.


“near” will be able to gather the information of surrounding Wi-Fi access points without internet connection and update the location data based on it later. You can get location data within the area covered by Wi-Fi location services.

Check back here after the update goes live for more details. And as always, stay tuned for more updates on PS Vita right here on PS.Blog.

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Dimitri949 said:

August 14th, 3:20 pm

When is Sony going to fix it so the Vita, when adding new apps or games, will use the next available open slot instead of putting them all the way at the bottom? I’ve edited and added some screens (since there is so much stuff you can’t remove from the home screen) so that all my games are sorted by screen and they’re all at the top, but every time I add a new game or a new app it doesn’t put it in the first available slot, it instead puts it in the first available slot at the end of all my applications, forcing me to re-sort. I suppose it’s not a huge deal, but it’s been like that since day one and I thought maybe it would have been addressed by now since it’s seems like a coding oversight.

ReptileHand said:

August 14th, 3:44 pm

Oh right. Now complainers will stop complaining … er well from the looks of it, certain games will be rolled out for it… ahh..

well stay tuned for people complaining about what PS1 game they want on the vita when the update hits…

I’m happy I guess. but now we’ll have to wait longer for most of the good PS1 classics to hit the Vita.

I’m still thinking about it.

ShardYu said:

August 14th, 3:56 pm

Finally!!! THANK YOU!!! :D Keep on coming! Keep improving! thank you so much :D

Kchow23 said:

August 14th, 4:06 pm

Will all the PSP games be supported on PS Vita before PS One support start rolling through? Also, I am still clamouring for folders as more of these are support, the more cluttery my PS Vita becomes.

deathuponhe52 said:

August 14th, 4:11 pm

Man Im starting to love sony more and more I mean I have the psvita,psp,ps3,playstation move so when we might be getting this update cause it sounds pretty amazing and it would make things a little more interesting cant wait to get my hands on it

kareemhoosaney said:

August 14th, 4:17 pm

HELL YEA!!!!!!!!!

Carl-G said:

August 14th, 4:19 pm

Cool update thanks;) But the Web Browser is not that good really compared to say Mobile phone Web Browsers:(

Istyle318 said:

August 14th, 4:20 pm

Please have xmen vs street fighter

ferhound said:

August 14th, 4:50 pm

I would kill to be able to use a dualshock on the vita via bluetooth.

CHUNG-FU6699 said:

August 14th, 5:46 pm

This is great now the vita can truly be a portable ps3. If only it cost less.

ccanfield1 said:

August 14th, 6:06 pm

Yeah, the Vita has a feature that the PSP has had forever ! Thanks for finally including something you have advertised since before the system was released. Now I may actually consider buying one since it can do most of the things the past generation could and more PSN games are being released with cross-play for a single price.

jusmoore2-1673 said:

August 14th, 6:09 pm

this is sooooo AWESOME.

gamelover2 said:

August 14th, 6:12 pm

I can for the up for update for the vita and i just updated the ps3, i can’t wait to play some of my old and new games on my vita. Thanks Sony for the updates and keep on work.

retro25 said:

August 14th, 6:40 pm

There you go guys, PSone is finally coming to PS Vita after all lol.

DeathSyphon66 said:

August 14th, 6:43 pm


themajestic-2 said:

August 14th, 8:45 pm

im sorry for the language but…i just jizzed

jds07 said:

August 14th, 9:46 pm

Yea! That’s what up! Next should be time to roll out PS2 support.

DarkOne_PR said:

August 14th, 9:50 pm

THANKS!!!! this is a great update! only bad thing is no updated web browser… why no give us FIRE FOX web browser! apart of that awesome and thanks again!

SolduNuts said:

August 14th, 9:55 pm

Best update so far. I hope that PSone support goes off without a hitch and I would love if this would lead into PS2 support some time down the line. The Vita has to be powerful enough to run PS2 games so lets make it happen. I am really pumped for the cross controller compatibility and am looking forward to more games using this feature as I already have the necessary equipment. Great Gamescon all around Sony.


Tanatologue said:

August 14th, 10:13 pm

Hey guys ,

First of all, thanks for all the info you provide daily on this blog, it’s great!

I was wondering if an app to view comic book files (.cbz or .cbr files) was in the works for the Vita. It would be great and it seems a lot of people are asking for it. Also, more comics on the psn for ps3 or Vita would be awesooooome!

Cheers from Montreal, Canada!

shadysaiyanz said:

August 14th, 10:37 pm

“In addition, you will be able to make various setting changes while games are running and take screenshots of your gameplay.”

THANK YOU!!!!! i was hoping you guys were gonna dd some setting or at the very least just make all the screenshots we take uncompressed. :D i took some in Disgaea 3 the other day and the colors were so washed out so im really glad we are getting this. compressed color wash not that noticeable in 3D games. Thank you :)

Avalanche said:

August 14th, 10:40 pm

when will we see more PSP Game Support? i have so many PSP Games that arent Vita compatible(DL of course)

juanjocrema said:

August 14th, 10:56 pm

yes resident evil games & dino crisis games ps vita rulz

BlackRisk said:

August 15th, 12:26 am

@1 oh omg yes i feel exactly the same way xD i love CTR!

bring on the psone classics! cant effin wait!!!

BlackRisk said:

August 15th, 1:46 am

they should update the web broswer with adobe flash player but im kinda doubting that but making the web web broswer not just landscape but able to view it standing.

KainDrake said:

August 15th, 2:11 am

There’s something I’ve been wanting to ask about Maps. I haven’t purchased a Vita yet, but i definitely plan to. To use maps, do we need 3G?

MNTwins420 said:

August 15th, 4:45 am

Thank you Sony!! I can’t wait to play classic PS One games on my awesome Vita!!!

iiONyKz-_MaQuIrO said:

August 15th, 7:41 am

all this is a plussssss! wow
just let it out SONY!
Keep the awesome work, Up Up in the air!
doh Near I think the what its needs is to be more biger, more then a ml! make it like A community! zyncronice profilles! Via wifi! so i can Meet more people and shared more!

onslaughtree said:

August 15th, 7:46 am

@102. You can delete all messages from your ps3 at once. Just select messages, press (triangle button,) WALA !!!! you will see option to delete all messages.

onslaughtree said:

August 15th, 7:49 am

@127, you either need the 3G Vita “$299”, or you can use the wi-fi option witch is automatic on the $250 Vita. I use the emaps when I am at starbucks/Home and where ever I can get free Wi-Fi.

iiONyKz-_MaQuIrO said:

August 15th, 8:04 am

wait! and copy & paste functionary ???? fix this Now!

erivera_1994 said:

August 15th, 8:09 am

Finally some Vita Support, keep on Supporting it Sony! Keep on releasing More games for it!

Bcrazyman said:

August 15th, 8:30 am

hey great update! cant wait for when i get my vita! im a ps+ member this is really gonna help me thanks sony great job!

haylsatin69 said:

August 15th, 8:57 am

what about more video format options and flash or html 5 support on the web browser?

Prothvar said:

August 15th, 8:58 am

Finally, and after us waiting so dang long for a key aspect, yes to many of us a key aspect, i hope they are all available. I mean all.

Now all that is needed, is more PSP games uploaded (Come on star ocean games >.> They are rare as heck as it is for the psp) and Suikoden 2, but anyway thanks finally.

webbiken said:

August 15th, 1:40 pm

When will be ableto see our PSVITA trophies on our PS3?

allnewfie said:

August 15th, 2:00 pm

love that this update is coming, long over due.
It was talked about group messaging, just wondering if vita user will be able to send pics to ps3 users? Love taking pic and stuff and be great if we could send photos from vita to ps3. or if vita will be able to do video with ps3 users, i know the video wouldnt be as good but still be noce to do video chat with ps3 users.
Also the remote play needs alot of work, cant long into my ps3 when away from home but works fine when i’m at home. whats the point of remote play if we cant play our ps3’s when we are away from our homes.

dgaunt said:

August 15th, 4:25 pm

Will the Maps app get turn by turn navigation?
When will you allow to send texts and make calls on Vita, Don’t even care if it is thru a paying app
will the browser be updated we want full HTML5

onslaughtree said:

August 15th, 4:42 pm

@138, remote play should work from home. Very important note, ” your ps3 system must be turned on and you must be logged on “, when trying to access remote play when away from home…Keep On Gaming.

logicsquirrel said:

August 15th, 4:57 pm

Very nice so far but remote play for ps3 games please, also i would like the feature to access my chat rooms on the vita without remote play connection to ps3.

allnewfie said:

August 15th, 5:15 pm

@140 i know how to use remote play. i have had my psp for 6 years and use remote play all the time when i am around my house. i know the set up, for ps3 . but when i’m away from my place, out for coffee or anywhere at all the remote play dont work. It cant connect to the ps3 even if i have everything set right i still cant connect. So remote play dont work when away from the home

holydarkness2 said:

August 15th, 8:57 pm

About the PSone classics, we already know that we won’t have to re-purchase the games we already have, but will there be any way to transfer save files from our PS3’s to the Vita?

dom_x8 said:

August 16th, 12:21 am

This is just awesome,all the news,but where are the new psvita apps like tag and wake up club,i would like more info about it

catden said:

August 16th, 8:08 am

Need full html5 and flash player and more speed in the web browser sony!!

CaptenMidnite said:

August 16th, 4:58 pm

take your time. release the update next year. and keep lying to your customers.

BlackRisk said:

August 16th, 7:31 pm

why in the world would they make the vita use the buttons for the home screen it seems highly unnecessary especially for the so calld touch screen. i rather not have the buttons work when on the home screen just imagine all the stuff you be opening on accident. i will usr it for music maybe but for sure my videos being ablt to use the right stick to slow the video speed like on my ps3!

HoboMusashi said:

August 16th, 11:12 pm

Are there any plans for a keyboard update in the near future?

renzian said:

August 17th, 1:16 am

what I wish is a hml5 support on browser … no other than that .. i didn’t wish this kind of updates .. but at least I’s kinda happy about this :D

renzian said:

August 17th, 1:18 am

just like catden said that’s what we all need SONY !!! ..

Elric_X said:

August 17th, 10:54 am

Finally. I need to finish my replay of MGS1 I started on the PSP.

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