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PS Vita Updated With More PSOne Classics, PS Mobile Launch

Posted October 3, 2012 - By Adam Rosenberg

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The PS Store accessible from your PlayStation Vita just got a lot bigger thanks to a long list of newly available PSOne Classics as well as Sony's launch of the PlayStation Mobile initiative. These are two very separate things, but together they serve to strengthen Sony's latest portable platform, something that I can't imagine any Vita owner taking issue with.

PlayStation Mobile is comparable in some ways to Microsoft's own Xbox Live Indie Games service, only with a few standout differences. For starters, PS Mobile is considerably more visible and easy to sort through in the Vita store than XBLIG is on your Xbox 360. PS Mobile is also meant to be a multi-platform offering, meaning that you can access your own content on any PlayStation Mobile-certified device, a list that includes Sony products as well as various Android smartphones from other manufacturers.

It's early days for the new initiative, so you won't find any network-wide features that tie everything together. No Trophies, no leaderboards. It's a developing platform that shows a lot of promise though, and not just on the Vita. The service launches with a handful of popular titles available, including Super Crate Box and Aqua Kitty, and you can expect plenty more to be released in the coming months.

Then, on the lo-fi end of the scale, PS Vita owners also have a lengthy list of new PSOne Classics available for download in the PS Store, including a number of major titles that were notably absent from the rather underwhelming North America launch. You can check out the full list on PlayStation Blog, but I'll rattle of some of the big highlights: Final Fantasy 6, 8, and 9 (7 was previously available), both Parasite Eves, Darkstalkers and Darkstalkers 3, Mega Man 1-4, Dino Crisis 1-2, Resident Evil 1-3, Xenogears(!), and both Chrono games.

The PS Vita is easily my favorite piece of portable tech, but it's been a hard platform to love in recent months as the number of releases has dwindled to almost nothing. Fall 2012's Assassin's Creed and Call of Duty games ought to inject some AAA life into the Vita, but Sony's definitely taking the right steps in moving to beef up the PSOne Classics selection and launching PlayStation Mobile.

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