With the PS Vita sporting two analog sticks this time around and the power of it approaching near-PS3 level, you'd think playing digital copies of old PS2 games would be a breeze. That's not the case, as Sony isn't going to let that happen.
As outlined on the PlayStation Blog's ultimate PS Vita FAQ:
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: Users can play supported digital PSP titles and supported minis. In regard to PSone classics titles, we will announce further details when they are ready. PlayStation does not have plans to make PS Vita compatible with PS3 or PS2 titles at this point.
It also remains to be seen if Sony will add Remote Play for digital PS2/PS3 games to the PS Vita.
Whereas the PSP gained the ability to play PS1 games later on its life, Sony seems to be focusing on new titles and experiences to push the PS Vita.
In the U.S., there will be no UMD Passport Program that'll let gamers download digital copies of their old PSP games for a small fee. Gamers in Japan have been enjoying the program for months now. But then again, PS Vita sales in Japan continue to drop every week.
In addition to not gaining PS2/PS3 titles, the PS Vita also doesn't play PS1 games through the
PSN Sony Entertainment Network. Sony says it's still working on that feature. We say, where's our Final Fantasy VII?
The PS Vita Starter Kit (3G PS Vita + 4GB memory card + case) went on sale on February 15 in North America. The Wi-Fi models launch next Wednesday, February 22 in the U.S., Canada and Europe.
Where's our review of Sony's "best PlayStation ever?" The machine's a beast, and we keep learning new things about it with every play. We're going to play the hell out of the PS Vita and then give it a proper review in the coming days. Hang tight!