Sony has just announced the Jak and Daxter Collection for the Vita. It’s basically the same thing we’ve already seen on the PS3. It’s HD ports of Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy, Jak II, and Jak 3. People get prettier versions of three PS2 games for $29.99, which is probably still less than you’d pay for all three of the PS2 versions of the games right now. While some may scoff at the idea of Vita ports, I think this is exactly what the Vita needs. In fact, I think a round of PS2 to Vita ports could really help save the system.
The Vita library needs boosting. It’s a fact. There are tons of fantastic games on there, like Persona 4 Golden, Ragnarok Odyssey, Guacamelee!, Gravity Rush, Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Guacamelee! and the forthcoming Soul Sacrifice and Muramasa Rebirth. However, people are still craving more. Having PSP games playable at launch was a good start and Getting PSOne Classics working on the system was a big deal, but I think getting PS2 Classics on the system will be what really helps make a difference.
I mean, look at some of the most recent, popular releases on the Vita. People are loving Persona 4 Golden, Dead or Alive 5 Plus, Disgaea 3: Absense of Detention and Atelier Totori Plus. That isn’t even mentioning the Final Fantasy X HD Remaster and Muramasa Rebirth, both of which are coming soon to the system. All of those are Vita ports, with additional content added to them. All of them are games people can’t wait to play again.
I think it isn’t about the extra features though. I believe people are just excited about Vita ports because it’s giving them a chance to play amazing games again, anywhere they want. I prefer my Persona and Disgaea games portable. I like being able to take them anywhere, playing whenever I have time. It just feels more comfortable and Disgaea 3 especially is well suited to pick-up-and-play. I doubt I’m the only one.
Which is why I think Sony should be looking into firmware updates that would bring PS2 Classics to the Vita. We already know what a powerful device the system is. It’s able to handle ports of PS3 games. Theoretically, it should be possible to make the PS2 Classics work, expanding the Vita port library. I think a feature like this might be what it takes to get me to finally finish GrimGrimoire.
The Vita is in a difficult place right now. People want more games and there are people out there who won’t buy one until the library is to their liking. The problem is, companies are hesitant to make games for a system that doesn’t have a suitable number of users with it. Vita ports could be the answer. I’m sure if Sony announced PS2 Classics support or more first party ports, people would start buying. I guarantee a Vita port of the ICO and Shadow of the Colossus Collection would be a system seller, as would the God of War Collection. The best course of action for the handheld may be to rely on the past to secure the future.