Late last night, Sony released the long awaited PlayStation Vita update 1.80. The update brings with it a number of requested features and enhancements – though the most notable addition is certainly that of PSOne Classic support.

After installing 1.80 (the update comes in at around 102MB), players will find a slew of significant changes hidden within the settings menu. The most notable addition allows players to navigate the Vita’s home screen by using the directional and face buttons. Other changes include enhancements to the video player and web browser, as well as new features for near functionality. The update also preps the Vita for cross controller support, which will be supported in games like LittleBigPlanet 2.

However, it’s undeniable that the main reason gamers were looking forward to update 1.80 is PSOne Classic support. Ever since launch, current and potential Vita owners have longed for the feature and now they’ve finally got their wish…well, sort of. In North America, the PlayStation Vita officially supports nine PSOne titles: Arc the LadCool Boarders 2Final Fantasy VIIHot Shots Golf 2Jet MotoSyphon FilterTomb RaiderTwisted Metal 2 and Wild Arms. Many gamers have expressed their disappointment in Sony, a notion made even more apparent considering the European compatibility list contains well over 100 titles. In the video below, Sony’s Don Mesa says games will be “available for download in phased roll outs, every week.”

Thankfully, Sony’s Shuhei Yoshida confirmed via Twitter that he was able to get The Legend of Dragoon and Castlevania: Symphony of the Night onto his Vita by copying the titles from his PS3. A similar workaround was also used during the first few weeks of the Vita’s launch to play “unsupported” PSP titles on the Vita. Following this method, NeoGAF user KalBalboa has compiled a list of games that can be transferred from the PS3 to Vita – just remember not to delete the install bubble on the PS3 XMB!

  • 2 Xtreme
  • Alundra
  • Arc the Lad II
  • Arcade Hits: Shienryu
  • Arcade Hits: Sonic Wings Special
  • Bowling
  • Breath of Fire IV
  • Castlevania Chronicles
  • Castlevania: SotN
  • Cho Aniki
  • Cool Boarders
  • Coolboarders 2
  • Coolboarders 3
  • Cyberbots: Fullmetal Madness
  • Destruction Derby
  • Dino Crisis
  • Dino Crisis 2
  • Final Fantasy Origins
  • Final Fantasy IV
  • Final Fantasy VI
  • Final Fantasy VIII
  • Final Fantasy IX
  • Front Mission 3
  • Gex
  • Gex 3
  • GaiaSeed 
  • International Track and Field
  • Jet Moto 2
  • Jumping Flash!
  • Jumping Flash! 2
  • The King of Fighters ’99
  • Klonoa
  • Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver
  • Legend of Dragoon
  • MediEval
  • Mega Man
  • Mega Man 2
  • Mega Man 3
  • Mega Man 4
  • Metal Gear Solid
  • Metal Slug X
  • Money Idol Exchanger
  • Pandemonium
  • Parasite Eve
  • Parasite Eve 2
  • Rally Cross
  • Rapid Angel
  • Rayman
  • Rayman 2: The Great Escape
  • Resident Evil: DC
  • Resident Evil 2
  • Resident Evil 3: Nemesis
  • Ridge Racer 4
  • Saiyuki: Journey West
  • Silent Hill
  • Street Fighter Alpha 1
  • Street Fighter Alpha 3
  • Suikoden
  • Syphon Filter 2
  • Syphon Filter 3
  • Tekken 2
  • Threads of Fate
  • Tomb Raider 2
  • Tomb Raider 3
  • Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation
  • Toy Story 2
  • Toy Story Racer
  • Unjammer Lammy
  • Vagrant Story
  • Warhawk
  • Wild Arms 2
  • Wipeout
  • Xenogears

The update also brings with it an interesting hidden feature – the ability to use touch controls in PSP games. Joystiq outlined the process, in which players must hold down the touchscreen for a few seconds during a PSP titles. A menu will pop up, and from there gamers will be able to map the directional or face buttons to the four corners of the Vita’s screen. We’re not sure how many PSP titles will be improved by the feature, but it’s hard to complain about more options.

What do you think of Vita update 1.80? What features (and PSOne games) would have liked to see?

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Source: PlayStation Blog, @yosp, NeoGAF, Joystiq

tags: PS1, Sony, Vita