Here's how you can now download and install PS1 (PlayStation One) games on your PS Vita portable gaming console.
A jailbreak for 3.60 firmware of Sony's PlayStation Vita (also known as PS Vita) is now available, opening up the handheld console to emulators and homebrew software.
Although Sony's PlayStation Vita has largely been forgotten thanks to the boom in smartphone and tablet gaming along with the PS4's rise to prominence, the Japanese outfit behind the handheld is still working to improve the experience. Throughout many markets, particularly in Japan, the Vita remains at the fore of the gaming world, and with the Tokyo Game Show about to kick off, Sony has taken the wraps off a new feature that will allow PS4 users to beam gameplay directly to the Vita.
Although the PlayStation 4's lack of backwards compatibility threatened to spill over into hysteria, Sony promised that Gaikai, a service recently acquired by the Japanese company, would allow gamers to enjoy PlayStation 3 titles via cloud streaming, and now, it has been revealed that the service will also be launched on the PS3 and PS Vita. Although the Vita had been looking like a bit of a dead horse - particularly given the popularity of mobile gaming via smartphones and tablets - its integration with the often record-breaking PS4 could bring a new lease of life to the handheld, and Gaikai support will certainly do its cause no harm.
Remember back in 1999 when Sony released the bizarre looking PocketStation accessory to accompany the original PlayStation? The creative little device featured an LCD display and was intended to be a combination based product that offered storage and personal digital assistant based functionality. The device never actually managed to see the light of day in the United States or Europe, partly because Sony used all available stock to satisfy demand in Japan and partly because it was killed off after three years. It seems that the PocketStation memory lives on not only in the thoughts of Sony but also in a second-generation form as a native app for Sony's PlayStation Vita handheld.
OK, it's been a pretty big day for Sony already, what with the announcement of the newly announced PS Vita 2013, but the Japanese firm isn't done there. Also announced today, the PS Vita TV is much more than it may first seem, and it's going to cost around $100 to buy, too.
Sony's focus must no doubt be on its upcoming PlayStation 4 release in a few short months, but that doesn't mean that the Japanese firm isn't keeping an eye on its other product lines at the same time, and its recent announcement of a price drop for the PlayStation Vita is a prime example of that fact.
The PS Vita, despite being a relatively powerful device, has continued to struggle in a market where mobile devices are making it easier for consumers to enjoy good standards of gaming on their smartphones and tablets. Despite this, Sony remains determined to plug its handheld marvel, and today, a new firmware iteration brings some much-needed updates. As well as enhanced streaming support, version 2.60 brings some slick alterations to the user interface. Details after the break.
It's been a pretty interesting 24 hours or so if you happen to be a games console fan; and with Microsoft having earlier showcased a bunch of new, upcoming features encircling its popular Xbox 360 console, Sony has also had its say on proceedings by showing off its Cross Play feature, along with one or two other significant announcements.
In the time period that has elapsed since Microsoft acquired Skype from its previous owners, its fair to say that the Redmond-based company was planning on making some changes to the service and stamping their own seal onto it before going forward. While we are yet to hear of any radical changes for the way in which the service operates, or any new additional user features, Microsoft has developed and released a Windows Phone Skype app, and has today announced that Sony's new portable gaming device - the PS Vita - will also be given the Skype treatment.