With the retail launch of the PS Vita on February 22, Sony has implemented a way for PSP owners to download some of the game they previously purchased using the Vita store. Unfortunately, a fraction of the games are available using this method. In this guide, we’re going to show you how to connect the PS Vita to your PS3, and transfer your digitally purchased PSP games over, allowing many more titles to be visible and playable on your shiny new Vita!
Step 1: Download your PSP games to PS3
Before connecting the Vita to your PS3, make sure you’ve downloaded your entire collection of PSN-purchased PSP titles, by heading to the Playstation Store and clicking the “View Downloads” icon on the top right. Browse the list and download any PSP titles you want to transfer over to the Vita.
Step 2: Plug in your PS Vita to your PS3
It’s pretty self-explanatory, but use the USB cable supplied with your Vita to plug it in to your PS3. Both your Vita and PS3 will instantly recognize each other. Leave the PS3 on the dialogue screen shown, and grab your Vita.
On the Vita, return to your Home Screen by pressing the Playstation button, and you should see “Content Manager” doing a happy dance. Click the icon, then select “Connect to a PS3 System.” Next, you’ll want to choose the direction to copy the content, so click PS3 System –> PS Vita System. Finally, select “Applications (PSP/Other” to tell your Vita to look for PSP games to transfer over.
Step 4: Select and Copy
At this point, you should see a list of the PSP games you can copy and enjoy playing on your PS Vita. While the list of compatible titles is considerably larger using this method than the PS Vita store directly, there are still some games that can’t be copied — yet. For example, we weren’t able to transfer Modnation Racers PSP or Pixeljunk Monsters Deluxe, but we were able to move several other games that weren’t visible for downloading on the PS Vita store. Your mileage may vary, and you should redo these steps every once in a while as Sony plans to constantly update compatibility.
Now, you can enjoy a decent percentage of your digital PSP games on the Vita’s gorgeous OLED screen, with more vibrant color and deeper blacks.