Sony removes the ability to download previously unsupported PSP/PSone games on Vita

Posted by on April 23rd, 2014 | 35 Comments | Tags: , ,

Remember when I told you guys to act fast in downloading your favourite unsupported PSP/PSone games on Vita? Well, there was a reason for that. We never knew if this new found ability was something Sony did intentionally, or was a mistake that occurred during maintenance. It looks like it’s the latter, as reports are coming in that games that were showing up as downloadable through the download list just days ago, are now going back to being unsupported. This doesn’t appear to be affecting all users yet, so it may hit in waves.

I can confirm this first hand:

The first image is what my download list looked like on Monday evening. I was able to download Phantasy Star Portable 2, a game that was removed from PSN years ago, as well as DLC for LittleBigPlanet PSP. The second screenshot was taken moments ago, and denies access to that content. It’s like that throughout my entire download list. The content I did download still works, so there’s no need to fear if you’ve already got a digital stack of forbidden games.

One might ask why Sony would do something that would only hurt sales of legacy software, and there’s a few possibilities. There’s probably a reason why these games weren’t compatible in the first place. It may have been emulator issues, or simply publisher clearances. Additionally, this allowed PS Vita users to download PSP demos, and other content that has previously been used for Vita software exploits. Sony might not want to go through the trouble of sniffing through hundreds of potentially exploitable pieces of software.

There were some warning signs that this backend change may have not been intended. For such a big feature, Sony was oddly quiet on the subject and never officially commented on it, though Shuhei Yoshida was fine with it. Secondly, this change enabled users to download content not compatible with Vita, like PSP XMB themes.

It’ll be interesting to see if Sony comments on this, and we’ll keep you updated if they do.

  • Red Veron

    Crash and Spyro trilogy is still downloadable on my list right now. This is very odd.

  • Elvick

    Fuck them.

    • DarthDiggler

      Fuck who exactly? LOL It was reported that many of the games had issues.

    • Elvick

      And the ones that didn’t? LOL

      Pointless use of “LOL”. God I hate people who use it stupidly.

    • urmom


  • Rognog

    Got the crashes, spyroi and pac man out, but, man, I was excited about getting some of the collections from psp.

  • Dennis Crosby

    I bet they will bring it back for PSnow

    • DarthDiggler

      How can people get this stuff so confused? 1 guy who posted and 4 peeps who upvoted seem clueless. 😛

      PS Now is for streaming games only, you will never ever see a download button while using PS Now.

    • Dennis Crosby

      I understand what your say but it could of been a mistake of them putting up that way psnow with those games makes more sense since they will need that library to push psnow

    • boxisbest

      PS now will only have ps3 games at launch. No confirmation officially on when or if older titles will be brought to it, but they said they want to.

    • Dennis Crosby

      It will be a smart move to do it $2 to rent a older game for psnow for a week that you can play on PS4,ps3,ps vita plus the bravio tv line

    • boxisbest

      Well I know PSNow has talked about being a subscription service. I hope what they do is open up the entire library of PS1, PS2, and PS3 games for a flat like, 10-15 buck fee. I would be down for that. Its an interesting way to do backwards compatibility for the PS4 without making people feel like they are rebuying a bunch of games they already own. Not to mention the slew of devices you can use it on.

  • bigshynepo

    Now we will see if the internet gets those “briefly available” games running in perfect form…
    If the games are broken, block the downloads. If they all work fine, Sony is jerks for allowing this for 2 days and then shutting it down. People have already bought the games, let them download them if they work…

    • benbenkr

      The game has always worked.

      It was a matter of locking it out in the NA for whatever reason, licensing probably (but we don’t know that). Sony is pathetic.

    • OverlordZetta

      The games work fine and they’ve always worked fine. Other regions have them fine and have for ages.

  • Aristides

    Glad I stacked up while it was available :3 It’s good to be alive.

  • gigantor21

    It was nice to be able to download Def Jam and Spyro again. But I do find it irritating that not only was this removed, but that Sony has been been silent about it–even for people who already bought the content and just want to play it on their Vitas.

    It would be nice to know why this remains and issue and what they’re going to about it. You know, “#4thegamers”.

  • Rikus

    My 2c? Licensing issues

  • josh

    idc i wanted phantasy star protable 2 even if it distroyed my vita with it

    • josh

      not that i hate my psp but the vita is so useless with hafe the games it got now that there isnt a point to have one.

  • Guest

    Of course they did. It’s $0N¥ PauperStation. F em! Pauperbrand for people that can’t afford proper gaming.

    • Rikus


      Maybe try contributing something relevant to the topic of the article?

    • zpoccc

      it’s funny because i bought an xbox one for less money than i spent on my ps4. btw – people who “can’t afford proper gaming” are the ones, like you, who can’t afford both consoles.

    • Fantasyplayer

      all I know is if they do not support me no better than this then I will not support them. Nothing else bought from psn and all used games from gamestop.for the vita for me. This is the same as sony saying screw you and what you want out of it. So in return they do not need my money anymore so they want get it.

    • zpoccc is lame

      Cant afford both consoles… more like aren’t stupid enough to pump thousands of dollars into shitty brands a year so you can play 1 or 2 worthwhile “exclusives”. But I guess we’re all a bunch of filthy casuals huh?

      PC Master race.

    • Sid Walker

      Oh shut it, pc games sucks…

    • demfax

      Stop spreading fanboy FUD, lies, and hate and get help. It’s not healthy to hate pieces of plastic and people who like playing video games on them.

      You are mentally diseased and evil.

      You are evil.

      You are evil.

      You are evil.

      You are evil.

  • Angelo Pangilinan

    thats stupid ,we all know that there are people that are always going to fix a way to make exploits all sony has to do is patch watever expliot it is ,and also if sony truly want to sell the vita they shud give an effort to make the other psp games available and work on the vita,i wud pay to have games like Phantasy star or mgs 1 on my vita but too bad my psp but it broke T T, thats y i have a vita .And just recently i wanted to redownload tomb raider lengends( which i purchased late last year on my vita) and it some how is not available for my vita anymore ,and sucks for me cuz i dropped $13 for nothing ,so yea thanks Sony

  • Ryumoau

    Good thing i downloaded Brave Story while i had the chance.

  • Caleb Overlander

    I was looking forward to playing Phantasy Star Portable 2 on my Vita but i didn’t learn about this untill months after it passed :'( I’ve almost given up on ever playing it in my Vita 🙁

  • ZphyrMorgov

    Im done with sega phantasy star online 2 seems like a 5 year or less mmorpg.

  • Tydog20

    Seriously WTF SONY. if the games work and you can download them ,and you can play them why in the 9 levels of hell would you take them off the list for being “unsupported” when they clearly are. Do you know why your vita sales sucked? THIS IS WHY…Probably one of the biggest dick moves you could pull like SERIOUSLY? so what if they are buggy , half the next gen titles that youve given to us so far have been broken as fuck, what does it matter to you if i wanna play a little phantasy star portable 1/2 on my vita? FUCK YOU sony………………….Sorry lol i just really wanna play a Phantasy star game again but every where i go the us is getting barred from playing one..SMH

  • I think this was fixed, I had a similar issue with DraculaX for PSP(during Halloween Sales), it was supported for PS Vita, but when I bought that happened(now not supported)… but recently I got able to download it to my vita and playit without a problem.

  • Blake Good

    Fuck you, Sony!

  • Scott Powers

    What is Sony’s fucking problem!! You can download these “unsupported” games to the ps3, which can’t play them, and transfer them to the PS vita and they work fine. So why can’t I do this with my ps4 or download these games directly on my PS vita. Apparently, Sony doesn’t realize that if they sell something to someone, they don’t get to say what that someone can do with it. And don’t they realize that they stand to make more money if they’d let us download these games to our ps vita and play them, because, if we have this option, we’re more likely to buy the game in the first place.