The party is over. For a short and brief period of time, PS Vita owners were able to suddenly download PSP and PSOne games that were previously unable to be transfered to the system. Sadly, that is no longer the case.Late Monday night, it was discovered that by going through your downloads list in the PSN Store on the Vita, nearly every PSP and PSOne game was available to download straight to the Vita. Many people rushed to grab titles they had previously purchased, such as Crash Bandicoot, Spyro, and Gran Turismo PSP. Sony representatives were mysteriously very quiet about the changes to the store, and now we know why.
While no official statement has been made in any capacity in regards to what happened, people who have reached out to Sony technical support have all returned with the same answer. Apparently there was a glitch in the system during the weekend Easter sale that allowed for the unauthorized downloads to be possible. That glitch has since been corrected and the games are no longer available to download.
Sony’s lack of communication during the time the glitch was active gave many hope that this was a new permanent feature for the Vita. Gamers have now seen that it is possible for all these games to work on the Vita, so now new expectations have been created over what should be made available. This perhaps could have been something that was supposed to happen eventually and accidentally went live early, but that is probably just wishful thinking.
The good news is that any game that was downloaded during the few days they were made available are still playable on the Vita. The bad news is that if it gets deleted from the system, it will not be able to be downloaded again.