Pocketstation App Is Free For All Vita Owners Now

By Spencer . December 2, 2013 . 11:54pm

pockets If you never had a PocketStation, Sony’s PsOne memory card with a LCD screen and controller, you can see what all the fuss is about. There is a PocketStation app for PlayStation Vita on Japan’s PlayStation Store. This was originally offered to PlayStation Plus members first, but now everyone can download it.


PocketStation is a freebie too, but you need compatible PsOne classics from Japan’s Game Archive section like Hot Shots Golf 2, Legend of Dragoon, or any of the Mega Man PsOne ports to use it. Final Fantasy VIII has PocketStation support so you can finally play through the Chocobo World RPG and level up Boku.

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  • incpdo

    Tell me this is gonna be on USA as well.Please Sony Please im begging.

  • Gekokujou

    Only in Japan’s Playstation Store…

  • Tyler Beale

    “Pocketstation App Is Free For All Vita Owners Now”….in Japan

    • But Vita is region free and you can switch your system to a Japan account.

      • STOPAC


        If you switch to another account you have to lose all stuff previously installed on your VITA. Not only that but you also have to deal with the intro and all that jazz.

        Yes the vita is region free, you are correct, but unless you solely have games on psvita cards then switching accounts is not as simple.

        • Yeah, I’m aware of that as an account switcher myself. You can always redownload those games since you still own them or leave them on your PS3 or PC as a hub for easy transfer.

          • Pombar

            But you couldn’t have the Pocketstation and your non-Japanese FF8 on the same Vita at the same time to try and make use of it, presumably? So it’s not quite what most in the West are wanting from it just yet.

        • Tyler Beale

          *looks at my PS Vita card collection vs digital collection; realizes digital collection far outweighs card collection*

  • I still have the PS1 pocket station that I bought back in the day just to play Chocobo World XD

    Even if you don’t live in Japan you can download it if you have a Japanese PSN account. There are many guides out there how to create one.

  • Seven of The Scions

    ………………tricked by the title of this topic. so bad.

    • revenent hell

      Yup, I got all happy until I seen the Japanese Icon.
      The tittle should say ” Japanese Region” otherwise its misleading as all hell…….and a lie :D

      • Not a lie, you can switch your Vita to a JPN region account and Vita is region free. It’s as easy as having a secondary PSN account.

        • rekka_zan

          But can we use Japanese PocketStation app with US games? I’d love to replay FF VIII again with PocketStation, but I would want to play the US version.

          Edit : Silly me, of course you can’t #facepalm Switching account means all my games/apps will be gone after all.

  • Sheesh, talk about a misleading article title!

  • Has anyone seen a guide available on how to use this? I’ve got Tokimemo 2 on my JPN PSN account and have never used the pocketstation features.

  • Aristides

    localization? lol

  • Misleading title is misleading, Spencer.

    • You can switch your Vita to a Japan region account. It’s pretty easy to do and considering that Siliconera was once an import site and importing games was a lot trickier than switching to a different account and resetting your Vita I don’t see this as *that* much to do.

      • Pombar

        You would also then need to buy Japanese PSN credit and buy the Japanese versions of any of the games you listed in order to use in conjunction with it, as you can’t have your US/EU PS1 classics on your Vita at the same time as the JP region Pocketstation. So, not quite as complicated as the importing of yore, but still more than just switching to JP and downloading the Pocketstation.

      • Sure, but it is useless to us western users, when an App like this one depends on eastern Digital content.

  • ninjabart122

    I thought it was a JP Exclusive Device back then where I was surprised that a couple of US games actually supported it.

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