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Running PSP Games on PlayStation Vita with a PS3 is Revealed

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153w ago - Following up on our previous article demonstrating several PS3 games running on PS Vita through Remote Play, this weekend CNET (linked above) reports on how to get many PSP games (that [Register or Login to view links] on PSN yet) to run on the PlayStation Vita handheld as well.

Below are the details, to quote: "Sony says the list of backward-compatible games will continue to grow, but why wait? There are actually plenty of other PSP games you can play on your PS Vita right now, but you'll need a PS3 to make it happen. They may not be listed on Sony's backward-compatibility list, but they certainly work.

So, here's the trick, which has been discussed on many message boards: while you can browse the PS Store to see what older downloadable PSP content is available for purchase or redownload, you're not getting the full picture of the whole PSP catalog. Instead, browse your download list via Transaction Management on your PSN account on the PlayStation 3, and download any PSP games. The PS3 will store PSP games and allow a PSP- or, a Vita- to sync the content.

Connect your PS Vita to the PS3 via USB cable (half of the AC charging kit that came with the system) and launch the Content Manager app. Select the "Connect to a PS3 System" option, and select "Copy from PS3 to Vita." You can browse all PSP-related save content. At this point, any PSP games that can be transferred show up in a list. Select them, copy the files, and you'll have your PSP games on your Vita.

So far, I've done this to transfer two of my favorite games: Echochrome and Flow. According to message boards, many more games are transferable, but the only officially supported games are those that show up in the PS Store, and are listed in the official Sony blog post above. Of course, there's a good chance that these other games will officially appear in the PS Store sooner or later."

Finally, in related news here is how to earn PS Vita trophies with used PlayStation Vita games via pocketgamer.co.uk/r/PS+Vita/PlayStation+Vita/feature.asp?c=38334, to quote:

  • Insert used game card in Vita's slot
  • Go to the main menu and hold down the screen for two seconds, until little bubbles appear on the upper-right side of each game's icon. Hit the bubble you want and click "Delete." A screen reading "All data related to this application will be deleted" will pop up. Hit "OK."
  • Load the game and...voila! You can ear trophies now.

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#25 - garypaytonglove - 153w ago
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Quote Originally Posted by GrandpaHomer View Post
Did you read the last page? NO - it doesn't work on CFW (unless you have 4.xx CFW) as it needs Vita integration in FW.

Obviously you didn't read the first page that clearly stated that you connect to the Vita by selecting the "Mobile Phone" option on the PS3 Remote Play wizard. I tried a few games (on my 3.55 hermes CFW) and I could only get GTA IV to work so far but I haven't done any SFO modding yet. The lag in GTA IV pretty much makes it unplayable. That coupled with the poor video quality makes it nothing more than a novelty. Still cool though...

#24 - PS3 News - 153w ago
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Yep, I basically post them this way so I can keep track of them... hard to explain, but it's easier for me and since I invest the time doing the posts this is how it goes hehe.

#23 - ps3hen - 153w ago
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The only things linking them "PS Vita" "PS3" "Sony doesn't like it". Things which can be done with PS Vita should have at least two separate threads, "Things which work only on the latest OFW" "Things which work only on CFW"

#22 - GrandpaHomer - 153w ago
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Quote Originally Posted by HeyManHRU View Post
Did you read the first page? It does work on 3.55 CFW. But some games will not work so you will need to edit the Param.sfo file to enable remote play.

Did you read the last page? NO - it doesn't work on CFW (unless you have 4.xx CFW) as it needs Vita integration in FW.

#21 - MisterTea - 153w ago
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When you dl a psn release outside of psn, is it exactly the same or does it have some fixes ?

I wonder if the ps vita could see the differences...

#20 - HeyManHRU - 153w ago
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Did you read the first page? It does work on 3.55 CFW. But some games will not work so you will need to edit the Param.sfo file to enable remote play.

#19 - shabutie78 - 153w ago
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obviously it doesn't work on 3.55, 3.55 has no ps vita integration whatsoever. also, this only works with certain titles. it does /not/ work with modnation racers.

#18 - doorman - 153w ago
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This doesn't work with CFW 3.55.

#17 - BiMode - 153w ago
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He fools you guys to sell more vita/ps3 console, don't be stupid of any hopes (cfw, homebrew), i've read his mind...

#16 - Xplic1T - 154w ago
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Sup guys,

So I was one of the lucky ones and have a 3.55 60gb launch model. Its got kmeaw on it. I've seen a lot of of videos of remote play in action and it looks quits good.

Here's a youtube video with Battlefield 3 in action

Your thoughts ?


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