Sony Quietly Removed the Ability to Transfer Games from PS3

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Sony is continuing to slowly wind down PS3 and Vita functionality. The latest feature to be discontinued is the ability to transfer games from PS3 to Vita. While this might not seem like a big deal on the surface, there’s a sizable list of games that you can only install on the Vita by transferring them from the PS3.

What PS Vita games could only be installed via transfer from PS3?

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For some reason, there were PS1 and PSP games that you could only install on the Vita if you transferred them from a PS3 console, as they aren’t available for purchase in the Vita Store. So you’d have to buy them on the PS3, download (but not install) them, then connect the Vita via USB and send them over.

Unfortunately, as you can see in the list below (via ResetEra), some real bangers are no longer available for transfer:

  • Activision Hits Remixed
  • Alien Crush
  • Alien Syndrome
  • Ape Quest
  • Auditorium
  • Beats
  • Bonk’s Adventure
  • Brain Pipe
  • Brothers In Arms: D-Day
  • Brunswick Pro Bowling
  • Burnout Dominator
  • Burnout Legends
  • Burst Angel
  • Cabela African Safari
  • Cabela Dangerous Hunts
  • Cabela North American Adventures
  • Capcom Classics Collection Reloaded
  • Capcom Classics Collection Remixed
  • Capcom Puzzle World
  • Castlevania Chronicles
  • Chopper I
  • Coded Arms
  • Crazy Taxi: Fare Wars
  • Death Jr
  • Death Jr 2
  • Def Jam Fight For NY: The Takeover
  • F1 2009
  • Ford Racing
  • Gang Wars
  • Ghostbusters: The Video Game
  • Gradius Collection
  • Gun: Showdown
  • I am an Air Traffic Controller Airport Hero Haneda
  • Ikari 3: The Rescue
  • Indiana Jones and the Staff of Kings
  • International Track and Field
  • Kurulin Fusion
  • Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver
  • Metal Gear Solid
  • Metal Gear Solid: Digital Graphic Novel
  • Mind Quiz
  • NCAA Football 10
  • Need for Speed: Shift
  • Need for Speed: Pro Street
  • Need for Speed: Underground Rivals
  • Neopets: Petpet Adventures – The Wand of Wishing
  • Pandemonium!
  • Pinball: Hall of Fame
  • Pocket Pool
  • PBR: Out of The Chute
  • Pursuit Force: Extreme Justice
  • Puzzle Challenge: Crosswords
  • Puzzle Chronicles
  • Rengoku
  • Rengoku 2: Stairway to HEAVEN
  • Rock Band Unplugged Lite
  • SAR – Search and Rescue
  • Sasuke vs. Commander
  • Sega Genesis Collection
  • Silent Hill
  • Silent Hill Origins
  • Sno-Cross: Championship Racing
  • State Shift
  • Swat: Target Liberty
  • The King of Fighters Collection
  • The Next Space
  • Time Soldiers
  • TNK III
  • Tomb Raider: Anniversary
  • Touchdown Fever
  • Vanguard

Unfortunately, this is just a taste of things to come. Sony has already made overtures that it wants to drop support for PS3 and Vita entirely. Luckily, fan outcry resulted in the stores being left open. Still, the second Sony thinks it can close them without too much controversy; they’ll be gone.

In other news, PlayStation Days of Play 2022 begins tomorrow, and some PS Plus Premium PS1 games are using PAL 50Hz instead of NTSC 60Hz.

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