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PlayStation Vita gets PSone Classics support, new firmware on August 28th

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PlayStation Vita firmware 1.80 hits August 28th, adding support for PSone Classics and button control in menus.

The PlayStation Vita will support original PlayStation games later this month, Sony announced at Gamescom. With firmware update version 1.80, Vita owners will get access to PSone Classics like the original Tomb Raider and Final Fantasy VII. The next firmware update for PS Vita also adds more than just classic PlayStation games.

In a post on the PlayStation blog, Sony details what else is coming in version 1.80, including Cross-Controller support, which lets players use the Vita as a controller for the PlayStation 3 in games like LittleBigPlanet 2. The firmware update will also let players use the Vita's physical buttons to navigate menus, which are currently touchscreen controlled only.

Additional updates are coming to video playback, maps, group messaging, Near, and the system's Web browser, which will soon support the Vita's rear touch pad.