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PlayStation Vita workaround transfers PSOne Classics from PlayStation 3

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A PlayStation Vita workaround will transfer PSOne Classics from the PlayStation 3.

YouTube user FistFullofPotions shared a video today, posted below, showing how to transfer PSOne Classics to PlayStation Vita via PlayStation 3, including games not included on the list of nine available in North America with the handheld's latest update.

Vita users must first download the firmware update 1.80, which allows the handheld to emulate the PSOne. Since the PS3 is already compatible with all PSOne titles, downloading a game on the console and leaving it uninstalled will have it show up in the Vita's download queue (pre-installed files will not show up).

Once in Content Manager on the Vita, uninstalled games will show up under the PSOne heading. This transfer method also works with PlayStation Portable and PlayStation Mini games. These games have not passed Sony's Vita quality control, so as FistFullofPotions notes, transfers are done at your own peril.

Users on NeoGaf and Twitter have reported success with most of the 129 PSOne games available on the PlayStation Network, with only 19 being incompatible with FistFullofPotions' method:

  • Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare
  • Arc the Lad III
  • Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain
  • Chrono Cross
  • Crash Bandicoot
  • Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back
  • Crash Bandicoot: Warped
  • Crash Team Racing
  • Final Fantasy V
  • Grandia
  • Legend Of Mana
  • Oddworld: Abe's Oddysse
  • Oddworld: Abe's Exodus
  • Pocket Fighter
  • R-Type Delta
  • Spyro The Dragon
  • Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage
  • Spyro: Year of the Dragon
  • Theme Hospital
  • Tomba!

Polygon has reached out to Sony and PlayStation for comment on the disparity in the number of PSOne classics made available in Europe and North America, the former having all 129 while the latter received nine. We will report any new information once it's available.

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