Here’s How You Can Download and Play PSP Games on the PS Vita

You can either buy them from the PS Store or transfer them via the PS3

Sony is getting ready to launch the PlayStation Vita and, in order to highlight its backwards compatibility with the older PlayStation Portable, the company has posted a special tutorial on how you can get games for the older device onto the new mobile console.

The PlayStation Vita is set to be released this month and, besides the variety of games that will arrive alongside it, Sony wants to make sure new owners know they can also play a variety of PSP games now available via the PlayStation Store.

As such, the company has posted a special walkthrough on the PlayStation blog, highlighting that, besides the 26 games that will be available once the Vita is out on February 22, 275 PSP games will also be playable on the new device.

“Hundreds of classic PSP titles and minis will also be available to play on PS Vita on day one via the PlayStation Store. Even better, if you’ve already downloaded a compatible PSP title, you can download it directly onto your PS Vita at no extra cost,” Sony revealed.

In order to gain access to these games, you can simply buy them from the Vita’s PlayStation Store and download them once you’re connected to a wireless hotspot. If you already purchased PSP games with your current PlayStation Network account, then you’ll be able to re-download them from the Download List in the Store.

You can also use the PlayStation 3 to transfer PSP games onto the Vita, just by connecting it through the USB Cable and starting the Content Manager application on the Vita.

Sadly, as we heard earlier this week, Sony wouldn’t be offering the special UMD Passport service to Vita owners in the U.S., meaning those who have PSP games on UMD discs won’t be able to transfer them to their PSN accounts.

As of right now, 275 PSP and PS minis games can be played on the Vita. Sony confirms that more titles will soon be re-released with Vita support but, until then, you can check out the full list of current games at this link.

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