Following up on their odd video from last week, Sony has officially released the PocketStation app for the PlayStation Vita. The company has posted a video announcing the product, which can be seen below:
The PocketStation app will allow gamers to use the side features supported by 46 PSOne titles that are available on the Japanese PlayStation Store. Select titles will be included in the app for free like Crash Bandicoot 3, Ape Escape and Mega Man. An additional game featuring Sony’s mascot Toro, Dokodemo Issho, will be released in December.
Right now Japanese gamers can get the app for free until December 3rd if they have PlayStation Plus. However, as of right now, there is no word on whether or not the PocketStation app will have a worldwide release. As you may recall, Sony had plans to release the PocketStation outside of Japan, but those plans would eventually be scrapped and the portable system/memory card was originally discontinued in 2002.
While I’m not sure I would ever use actually use it, I think it would be foolish if Sony didn’t have plans to release the app outside of Japan. Plenty of gamers are at least interested in seeing what the heck the PocketStation can actually do and since an American release of the original device was cancelled, Sony kind of owes us one. To me, this would be like if Nintendo ever released a Nintendo 64DD app for the Wii U. Sure that system was kind of a flop, but I’ll be damned if I don’t have at least a passing interest in seeing what it’s all about.
If Sony announces plans to bring the PocketStation app to our shores, we will be sure to let you know.