The US Playstation blog has published a massive FAQ on the Vita, but in it they have revealed that at launch the Vita will not play PlayStation 2 or PlayStation 3 games.
This seems a strange revelation considering that the latest PlayStation Store release included classic PS2 games. It seemed a straightforward assumption that they had been released in anticipation of the Vita release next week.
The extract from the Blog reads:
Q: Is PS Vita compatible with other PlayStation platform games like PS3, PS2, or PSP? Do you have any plan to support other PlayStation platforms in the future?
A: Users can play supported digital PSP titles and supported minis. In regard to PSone classics titles, we will announce further details when they are ready. PlayStation does not have plans to make PS Vita compatible with PS3 or PS2 titles at this point.
Without a doubt the Vita has more than enough processing power to support PS2 titles and the cross play present in Wipeout 2048 proves that it can support some PS3 games.
Before we all start collectively throwing dualshocks, there is some hope as they state ‘at this point’.
My guess is that further down the line we will be able to get our hands on PS2 classics, although as someone who pre-ordered a Vita; that announcement hurt.