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PS2 Classics playable on PS Vita

Idea 74112 | Posted in , by | June 5, 2014

The PS2 classics on the PlayStation Store need to be playable on Vita.


22 Comments Add your own


Xrii  |  June 15th, 2014 at 2:07 pm

I am pretty sure its not as simple as this. The PS2 engine is pretty annoyingly complex and isn’t friendly to emulation and the like. I feel either Vita should be able to play PS2 games via PSNow or the developers of those games should re-release “HD” versions to the vita.


lisa_m76  |  June 19th, 2014 at 1:51 am

PS Vita needs PS2 classic support…. Not all people have a stable internet connection or would like to buy the games again although they have already have it bought on PSN..


den_rick  |  June 23rd, 2014 at 5:56 am

I think that HD is not even necessary. They can just give the normal version and allow some filtering if they want.

It is not even necessary for them to be on a physical form but only on the PSN. So it will be cheaper for them.

GTA SA, Original Most Wanted, Gran Turismo, Mortal Kombat, Kingdom Hearts etc. just need to come as they were.


Djmax4599  |  July 3rd, 2014 at 2:55 am

I agree with Lisa_M76, I sometimes have internet complications or no internet at all and I would hate for PSNow to be the only option for PS2 classics..

Also HD remakes? meaning I would have to buy the games again? I don’t think so.

I honestly wish Sony and some talented developers could code PS2 classic’s on the Vita.

The PS Vita has more ram and raw CPU and GPU power than a PS2. Although the Emotion Engine is complex, if we have some developers who know about the processor, and the Vita’s limitations and it’s strengths, they can code an emulator or port from PS2 to Vita.

The Vita even gets PS2 ports… If they can re-release an PS2 game on PS Vita, the PS Vita can sure get coded an emulator. To port a game from one platform to another, you have to code and redesign that game to get it to run on the new platform its getting ported on. You have to know the strengths and weaknesses of the platform your working with.


Djmax4599  |  August 9th, 2014 at 2:13 am

The PS2 was one of the most selling consoles of all time.

If PS Vita gets PS2 Classic support, this would boost sales of the console in my opinion.

Especially if it’s playable without PS Now. Imagine playing Bully, or any PS2 classic without requiring internet. The PS3 uses an PS2 Classic emulator to run PS2 games on the PS Store.

Using 1 PPC CPU with 6 SPE’S and an GPU based on Nvidia G70 architecture. Also not only to mention the 512 MB of ram split into two 256 MB. Only some PS3 models have the Emotion Engine on the board.


magooser  |  August 25th, 2014 at 1:18 pm

I’m thinking this is very complicated because if not Sony would be sitting on a gold mine. I mean, I know I’m not alone when it comes to wanting to spend a few hundred dollars on PS2 games. Right off the bat I would buy EVERY PS2 Level 5 RPG starting with Rogue Galaxy. Xenosaga as well.


cifer559  |  November 19th, 2014 at 10:47 pm

i dont have anything against indie games when i say this, but this would be a good way to brake up the monotonous indie game train sony’s been ridding lately on the vita


planetfifa  |  November 20th, 2014 at 12:42 pm

Sony is already selling PS2 games on the store as Classics, playable on PS3, but I don’t think they are actually ports. What I think they’re doing is take the PS2 software emulator that was in the 60GB EU launch model and use it to run games with a few optimizations, and then sell the games on the store.


Hand64  |  January 4th, 2015 at 1:27 am

I agree with cifer– the system needs some more 1st party love from Sony.

I think an appropriate game plan for Sony to follow is to make the PS Vita a “companion” to the PS4, much like how Nintendo’s Wii U has the Gamepad.

But the best part about the PS Vita is that it is a fully-fledged handheld, meaning if they release cross-buy PS4/Vita games that come with copies of both games, people will be more inclined to buy a Vita.


bertraar2  |  February 12th, 2015 at 12:57 pm

YES! YES! YES! This would make for very fun times 😛 I’d say keep Indie Games for Mobile and Port to the Vita. GTAIII and a bunch others on iOS and Droid…horrible controls :[] But the Vita 😀


Wet_Ninja  |  February 25th, 2015 at 11:21 am

Having them be playable on PlayStation TV would be great, too.


walter212121  |  April 16th, 2015 at 10:17 am

The only cure for vita life only ps2 emu for vita… If sony cant this vita ends.. Because vita doesnt release aaa game.. Maybe somebody buy vita for ps4 and ps3 remote play.. But vita alone console portable console need exculusive game or emulator for ps2…


ijal_pro96  |  August 9th, 2015 at 10:48 am

hi i agree with this statement.In my opinion, ps vita is the new generation after the ps vita need to be playable ps2 game.although, i really want play ps2 game on ps vita that would be awesome.there is no need for pirated game and otherwise there will increasing support on ps vita system about ps 2 game.I hope sony could bring ps2 game into vita like u did on ps3 system.this will make people happy with this new playable ps 2 game..


S_M_T_Nocturne  |  August 17th, 2015 at 6:50 pm

The PS2 has an amazing library of games, and this would be a fantastic way to keep these classic games alive. I’d love to see PS2 classics playable on Vita and Playstation TV.


Astroking112  |  August 19th, 2015 at 3:03 pm

This would go a long way in stopping any lingering complaints about the library. Persona 4’s not interesting enough? How about Shadow of the Colossus, Ratchet and Clank, or any of the other PS2 Classics?

And adding even more to it, this would add to the amount of games that people own on the Vita. It probably wouldn’t boost sales a ton, but I know I picked up mine after amassing a library from PS+ over a while. If people find out that they can play Classics they already purchased on PS3, then suddenly the Vita might become a lot more attractive to more gamers.

The only reason I can think of that it hasn’t happened yet is that it simply isn’t possible, which would be a real shame. Hopefully some company can figure out how to get PS2 Classics Cross-Platform, like with the PSOne Classics.


IceColdKilla44  |  September 13th, 2015 at 1:12 pm

This absolutely needs to happen. I’m sorry but the difficulty of emulating old games on newer hardware just isn’t the buyer’s problem: Microsoft gets that.

PS2 games via PS Now won’t be anywhere near good enough either, since Wi-Fi hotspots are still very few/far between.


Dev-Austin  |  November 10th, 2015 at 3:21 pm

Sony are mad. The Ps4 remains the greatest selling console of all time. Imagine getting those games on the Vita. That would definitely increase sales, especially if the games were lower priced than they originally were. Increased sakes for the vita and vita software


Phoenixdragon12  |  May 19th, 2016 at 12:59 am

this will increase hardware and software sale by a huge margin. also add sonic riders and sonic unleashed to the list.


SsJ_Naruto-Vash  |  December 26th, 2016 at 9:30 pm

tl;dr: Sony should keep PS2 games as nostalgia, and make new content on PS4. Why don’t you just get a PS2?

1. About “releasing” PS2 games
Non-programmers don’t understand differences in architecture… A PS2 and PSVita don’t have the same CPU and GPU. When you write a game, it is compiled into binary to run on a target system. If you take that binary and try to run it on another CPU, nothing will work. It’s like setting Google Translate to “English –> French”, then insert korean text… it just won’t work.

2. About “porting games”
Porting games takes a lot of effort. You need to basically re-write the whole graphics engine, and most 2000-2005 games used custom GFX engines, so there is no definitive way to “transform all games at once”, it needs to be done one-by-one. The problem with this is that Sony doesn’t own the games you probably want to play. Remember “NeedForSpeed: Most Wanted” on PS2? Well that belongs to EA, so even if Sony wanted to port it, they would have to re-write it from scratch, as the source-code (if it still exists) is with EA, not Sony.


SsJ_Naruto-Vash  |  December 26th, 2016 at 9:31 pm

3. About “emulation”
To emulate a system, you roughly need 8x the computing power to process the redirections… Emulating is basically reading the game’s binary, and passing it one command at a time like so:
“if you see command 0x0001, call 0x81420001”
You’re basically trying to override all CPU and GPU calls to modern languages. It’s a lot more work for your CPU and isn’t as easy as “insert CD into more recent Playstation”. If you had an operation that took 1Hz (1/299000000 second on a PS2) to execute, you need to
a) read the value
b) determine what it is
c) validate the values (sometimes they read at specific addresses in RAM, you may need to redirect all RAM addresses)
d) call the appropriate CPU instruction on new machine
It could potentially take 6-8 Hz minimum to parse this, which is why you need a much stronger machine.


SsJ_Naruto-Vash  |  December 26th, 2016 at 9:31 pm

4. About modern machines
Lots of old games relied on the CPU clock for events and stuff. If you have an identical CPU to the PS2 (the Emotion Engine) but with double the CPU, you won’t have the emulation problem I spoke of above, but you’ll be running the game in Turbo-mode… Reading values before they’re done being written, waiting for 1 frame to check events (like button input), reading the DVD being too slow compared to the CPU. The games were designed to work on said hardware, and can probably not run on anything else.

That being said, the reason I don’t play Nintendo games anymore is because all they do is coast on their past hits. Mario? Zelda? how about you throw something at me that isn’t 30 years old?!? I think Sony should keep PS2 games as nostalgia, and make new content on PS4. Why don’t you just get a PS2?


MechaBouncer  |  February 22nd, 2017 at 10:57 am

SsJ_Naruto-Vash is right when it comes to the technical nature of making these older games run on newer systems. Native support on the Vita won’t happen outside of HD remakes of PS2 games. I’ve bought a few of these already for that purpose.

However, I still think that it should be possible through either PS2 Classics running on the PS4 and using Remote Play or PS Now. Although Sony has recently dropped support for PS Now on Vita, so that may no longer be an option.

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