Yes Virginia, you can play most Sega PSP games on your Vita!….If you have a PS3.

Hello fellow Vita owners and congrats on your purchase! Now, if you’re a Sega fanboy like me, you may be dissapointed in the selection of Sega games available for PSP through the Vita store. There’s Crush for $4.99 and nothing else. You’re probably thinking “Is that all of the PSP games compatible with my Vita?” Well, the answer is…no! There are a ton more PSP games that work with the Vita that for some reason are not on their store. This includes almost all Sega PSP games with one huge exception. Keep reading to find out how!

The fact is, about 85-90% of all PSP games work on the Vita. There are some exceptions though and even those are being worked on.

So what Sega PSP games are unofficially compatible? Not all Sega games, but from what I have seen and played so far it’s…

Crazy Taxi – Fare Wars

Valkyria Chronicles II

Sega Genesis Collection

Sonic Rivals 1 & 2 (Currently on sale for $7.99 each. $5.99 for Plus members.)

So what doesn’t work right now? 

Sadly, all Phantasy Star Portable games.

So what do I need to purchase and download these games if they are not on the Vita store?  

A PS3. Plain and Simple. If you don’t have one, looks like you’re out of luck. There’s a PSN store online, but it doesn’t look like it will download to your PC then Vita.

So I have a PS3. How do I download and install these games?  It’s a little tricky, so here’s how.

1.) Buy and download the game. Simple enough.

2.) DO NOT INSTALL TO THE PS3! Leave it as a bubble. The Vita does the install.

3.) Go to the Content Manager on your Vita. Then plug in your Vita usb cable to the PS3.

4.) Click PS3 to Vita, then PSP Apps downloaded onto PS3. The list should show up.

5.) Checkmark game, then copy.

That’s it! Your PSP game is on your Vita and working. If I’ve missed any working/non-working Sega PSP games, please put them in the comments and I will update the article with them.

Those who don’t have a PS3 will have to wait it out. They will be on the store eventually, but I think Sony is just dolling out the PSP games on the store slowly. Probably to make it easier for new customers to shop.




3 responses to “Yes Virginia, you can play most Sega PSP games on your Vita!….If you have a PS3.

  1. Barry the Nomad says:

    That’s a cool feature, too bad there isn’t some way to play PSP games without owning a PS3. I’d imagine over time the full PSP library will be on the Vita?

  2. Emmett The Crab says:

    Barry, you should have bought a PS3 instead of a Blu-Ray player.

    • Barry the Nomad says:

      Emmett, at the time I didn’t have $300 to spend but I did have $90 to spend. Hell, I still don’t have $300 to spend on something gaming related. Last full priced game I bought was Sonic Generations.

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