Sony said it was coming, but the company never confirmed the exact date of the release of the PlayStation Vita’s 1.8 firmware update, which among other things, will bring the long-awaited PSOne Classics support. It turns out that the 1.8 version of the firmware will be available on August 28th, the company revealed today at Gamescom.
Sadly, not every single PlayStation One game that has been released under the Classics program will be playable right out of the gate. Some of the most popular games will be supported as soon as the firmware update comes out (the ones mentioned during the presentation were Final Fantasy VII and Tomb Raider,) while the rest of the games will be made playable when subsequent updates are released.
Although only those two games in particular were confirmed as of this writing, the following titles were mentioned by Sony when the feature was first announced:
- Tomb Raider
- Final Fantasy VII
- Wild Arms
- Twisted Metal 2
- Cool Boarders 2
- Arc the Lad
- Resident Evil Director’s Cut
- Crash Bandicoot
In addition to playing PSOne Classics, the firmware will add the fast-rewind and fast-forward features for the video application, the ability of importing playlists from the PS3 or iTunes for the music application, rear touch controls for the web browser and a “Cross-Controller” icon that will allow players to use the Vita as a controller when playing PS3 titles.
Finally, what PSOne Classics would you like to play the most on the PlayStation Vita? As usual, share your opinion in the comments section of the site.