A lot of people are wondering: what can the PlayStation Vita currently play, and what might it play in the future?
This question often revolves around PS1 classics, especially among hardcore veteran fans. The good news is that Sony's new portable should be able to play those timeless titles from two generations past, but at the same time, PS2 (and PS3) games on the go probably won't happen. At least, not right now.
PS2 classics are currently hitting the PlayStation Store for download to your PS3, so some thought Sony might make them compatible with the Vita, too. After posting up the Ultimate Vita FAQ at the PlayStation Blog , Senior Social Media Specialist Sid Shuman addressed the question concerning PS1, PS2, PS3 and even PSP ports:
"Users can play supported digital PSP titles and supported minis. In regard to PSone classics titles, we will announce further details when they are ready. PlayStation does not have plans to make PS Vita compatible with PS3 or PS2 titles at this point."
Given what we've seen of the Vita thus far, that thing would have zero trouble dealing with PS2 games. And of course, you can bet Sony has long-term plans for the new handheld, so maybe in the future…anything's possible. But at least you don't have to worry about playing old games with the Vita when it first arrives; the single biggest PlayStation launch lineup ever will accompany the hardware on store shelves next week.