PS Vita's barren release schedule is to receive a significant boost this week, with a new firmware update adding compatibility with games from Sony's first console, PSOne.
This week's PlayStation Store update will herald the arrival of over 100 PSOne games that can be played on Sony's handheld - if you live in Europe, anyway. The North American PlayStation Blog lists a paltry nine games, with more promised over time.
Mercifully, PS Blog commentors have worked out that plenty more games are compatible if downloaded on a PS3 and transferred to Vita using Sony's Content Manager software. SCEA, then, is staggering the release of games which can be downloaded directly onto Vita itself through PlayStation Store, a curious decision which has prompted predictable criticism from Vita owners.
SCEA's Don Mesa insists that the company is "working hard to ensure all your favourite PSOne classics will be available for download directly on your PS Vita via PlayStation Store as soon as possible." For the full list of directly downloadable games, see the EU and US PlayStation Blogs.