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PocketStation reborn as a free PlayStation Vita app for Japan

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Memory card peripheral for the original PlayStation console, the PocketStation, is now available to download as a free app for PlayStation Vita in Japan, Sony announced today.

According to Siliconera, the app is currently free for Japanese PlayStation Plus members and includes Crash Bandicoot 3, Mega Man, Ape Escape and other original PlayStation titles. Beginning Dec. 3, the app will roll out to Japanese non-PlayStation Plus members along with Toro-starring PlayStation title Dokodemo Issho.

Sony teased today's PocketStation announcement earlier this week with a video. It depicted two reporters candidly chasing a truck supposedly carrying a shipment of PocketStations.

Released in early 1999 as a Japan-exclusive, the original PocketStation was a memory card micro-console for the original PlayStation console. It sported a monochrome LCD, infrared ports, clock, built-in flash memory, five face buttons and audio. The peripheral supported multiplayer functionality and data transfers between devices via infrared features. Sony revealed in 2002 that it discontinued production of the peripheral.