PS Vita Getting Long-Awaited Support for PS1 Classics, PlayStation Plus, Cross-Controller Remote Play & More

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As the PlayStation Vita continues to bomb at retail and the all-important holiday season draws nigh, Sony used its Gamescom press conference to “drive momentum” for the powerful handheld gaming machine still struggling to claim its deserved success on the market. Showing off new games helped, as did pledging greater support for PS3-to-Vita integration with Cross Buy, but details regarding the next system update also show that the Vita is on the right track.

As part of system patch 1.80, which will be going live on August 28th, the Vita will finally gain support for downloading and playing PlayStation 1 Classics, in addition to other features which include: button control for the LiveArea home screen and applications; importing playlists from PS3 or iTunes; variable speed playback, fast-rewind, fast-forward, and repeat play options in the Video app; a “Cross-Controller” icon within the Remote Play app for enabling the Vita to function as a controller in supported PS3 titles (LittleBigPlanet 2 has been confirmed to be compatible with Cross-Controller play); rear touch pad control in the web browser; the ability to change certain settings and capture gameplay screenshots while games are running; support for MPO format photos; layout enhancements and ability to take and send photos as attachments in Group Messaging; interface improvements to the Maps app; and an upgrade to “near” to enable the gathering of information from surrounding Wi-Fi points without an online connection.

Although a specific roll-out date has not been established, the premium PlayStation Plus subscription service will be expanding to the Vita sometime before the year is out. If you’re already set with a Plus account, your benefits will extend to the Vita when the service becomes available–membership includes PS3 and Vita, it will not divide them into seperate subscriptions.

With Plus support extending across both platforms, Sony will also be enlarging the storage space for cloud storing game saves. The storage limit will jump from 150MB to a beefier 1GB!

The future for the Vita looks promising indeed. So, are you finally going to buy one already? If not, what more do you need to see before making the investment?

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Matt Litten is a 28 year old from-the-womb gamer turned video game reviewer/blogger and current editor/owner/operator of VGBlogger.com. Matt got his first taste of gaming as a youngster on the NES and Atari, and the rest is history from there. In 2004, three years removed from high school and still looking for a career direction in life, Matt landed his first gig in the video game review business writing for the now-defunct website BonusStage.com. After the sad and untimely close of BonusStage, the former staff went on to found VGBlogger.com, and after a short stint as US Site Manager for AceGamez Matt turned his attention to VGBlogger, and to this day is dedicated to making it one of the top video game blogs in all the blogosphere. Matt is a fair-minded reviewer and lover of games of all platforms and types, big or small, hyped or niche, big-budget or indie. But that doesn't mean he will let poor games slide without a good thrashing when necessary.