Running Unplayable Vita Games on Playstation TV POC by mr.gas
What is the number one reason we should avoid Playstation TV? You guessed it right, it cannot play most of the Vita games. This problem might just be solved. Read on.
Just after the Playstation TV (It was named Vita TV back then) was released in Japan, it was heavily criticized that it wasn’t able to play most of the Vita games. International release of Playstation TV didn’t change this fact much. Even though Sony said it is because of lack of touch based controls, a Dualshock 3/4 could emulate them as demonstrated here. Dualshock 4 is better as it already has a touch screen on it. Yes, Dualshock 3/4 emulation of front and back touch screens isn’t perfect but even some games that need minimal touch based controls which can clearly be played via Dualshock 3/4 aren’t available for Playstation TV. On top of that, there are even some PSP games which cannot be used on Playstation TV and you can’t explain this by lack of touch controls. So if you are an owner of Playstation TV like me, you probably memorized this screen.
It seems Playstation TV uses a white list to check which games are compatible with the system. This white list can be updated from Sony servers by choosing the refresh icon on the main screen of a Vita game. This method is not permanent and the refreshed white list gets deleted when you power off the device. White list can also be updated by the new firmwares and this way is of course permanent. What does this mean to the average user? It means if your game gets white listed on a firmware version above your Playstation TV and you don’t want to update, you have to update your white list with choosing refresh icon on your game everytime after you power on the device. This needs an active internet connection as the device gets the list from Sony servers. For example this is the case if you want to play Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD collection on 3.20 firmware on your Playstation TV. If your game never got white listed, you are just out of luck.
mr.gas who we also know from the bubble trick probably found a trick to bypass this white list or maybe even more. The uploaded video by Major Tom shows a Playstation TV playing Uncharted: Golden Abyss and Street Fighter X Tekken. Both of these games are unavailable on Playstation TV. They never got white listed. He also boots Welcome Park which isn’t available on a Playstation TV. He then shows he uses firmware 3.36.
This is a huge progress and it might just be the needed thing to boost Playstation TV sales. A Playstation TV which can finally play all Vita games is a Vita lover’s dream.
In the description of the video, it says this trick might be released but it is part of something bigger which also includes custom themes demonstrated before.
I am very excited for this trick to be available, who doesn’t like some Vita games on a big screen HDTV with a comfortable controller?