Not just 10, not 100 but the entire back catalogue of original PlayStation games! And maybe the PS2 ones too while we’re making semi-reasonable demands.
I’m sure that the clever types at Sony are working on this right now and have just got too caught up playing classics to release it to us chums, but it seems that a golden opportunity to have this capability and games ready to download at launch really went begging. Sony has at their disposal an enormous range of fantastic games from earlier generation consoles that are just waiting to be downloaded and (re)played on Vita. Even today those old classics have plenty of appeal and somehow replaying them on a portable while sitting on a bus/train/plane makes the attraction even greater. Especially if the price is right.
The Vita is great to play games on. I have an iPhone and an iPad but I would much rather play a game on the Vita with its dedicated controls than smudge a chubby finger all over the screen. But I’ve been spoiled by cheap games and masses of easy downloads. Sony needs to take a leaf out of Apple’s book. Yes, World+Dog are vying for a slice of AppStore pie at the moment – Apple/Google/Microsoft and friends all want your loose change, but none of those platforms has a back catalogue like the PlayStation. Sony has nothing to lose and everything to gain from opening these titles up as soon as possible to attract more customers (and developers) to the Vita platform.
Along similar, but different, lines The PlayStation Suite SDK finally released for general testing by Sony is a good step, and it looks like an AppStore-eqsue pricing structure (free/paid/in-app purchases) will be coming to a Vita near you in the future which can only be a good thing. Hopefully this is the start of Sony embracing the new ‘standard’ of game distribution and development.
Back to the original purpose of this rant: I just yearn for portable Crash Bandicoot II.
Not on a jailbroken iPhone and an emulator. Not on a dodgy Android tablet.
On my Vita.