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The Sony PSP with UMD and Memory Stick
The PlayStation becomes portable on the PlayStation Portable

As a major addition to the 3.0 update for the PSP, Sony has revealed the pricing for original PSone games that can be downloaded and played on the PlayStation Portable.


The initial batch of games will run between $5.99 and $10.99, and first must be downloaded to the PlayStation 3 before loading onto the PSP. Game sizes will initially vary between 140MB and 550MB, so the user must have an appropriately-sized Memory Stick as a prerequisite.


No titles have been confirmed for the North American market, but the following list from the Japanese PlayStation Store may serve as some indication:

  • Resident Evil Director's Cut
  • Konami Antiques MSX Collection Vol.1
  • Konami Antiques MSX Collection Vol.2
  • Bishi Bashi Special
  • Arc the Lad
  • Jumping Flash
  • Minna no Golf 2 (aka Hot Shots Golf 2)
  • Silent Bomber
  • Tekken 2
  • Mister Driller

Sony plans on adding 10 downloadable games to its Japanese PlayStation Store every month, and we expect something similar for North America.

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Shooting themselves in the foot.
By CrackRabbit on 11/27/2006 1:20:13 AM , Rating: 5
"...and first must be downloaded to the PlayStation 3 before loading onto the PSP."
Well there goes any hope for this actually working out well.
I can understand wanting to tie your products together so that they complement each other, but this goes beyond stupid.
You have to buy a $600 console so you can play 10 year old emulated games on your PSP? I don't think so.
Sony didn't just shoot themselves in the foot, they used a farking canon.

RE: Shooting themselves in the foot.
By Scabies on 11/27/2006 1:23:01 AM , Rating: 4
CrackRabbit and I, we're like lost brothers. Needless to say, I agree :P

By otispunkmeyer on 11/27/2006 6:40:03 AM , Rating: 2
looks like i made a good decision to sell my PSP

i'd had it for a while, it was the jack of all trades but the master of none. other than Burnout legends there really wasnt any games that took my fancy, it wasnt espeically good as a mobile web browser though its MP3 and video functionality werent bad

i was holding off for the PS1 games couldnt wait to get to grips with the original gran turismo again or GT2.

but now that you must have a £400 console as a pre-requist and then pay what i deem too much for games that old im glad i got rid of it when i did...becuase it wouldnt have any future with me other than expensive paper weight.

RE: Shooting themselves in the foot.
By Samus on 11/28/2006 5:01:38 AM , Rating: 2
Interesting one of the best selling titles for the PSone is missing from the list of available games...not to mention it's just about the only game worth playing out of all that crap.

RE: Shooting themselves in the foot.
By Aikouka on 11/27/2006 8:44:08 AM , Rating: 2
I agree. I may've actually been interested in this, as it's nice to have games and not have to bring tons of UMDs with you (although they are fairly easy to carry)! But I don't have a Playstation 3 and this is really a poor reason to go out and buy one when I could just play them at home on an emulator (using the X360 controller :P) or use the PS2.

RE: Shooting themselves in the foot.
By MrSmurf on 11/27/06, Rating: -1
RE: Shooting themselves in the foot.
By Aikouka on 11/27/2006 2:57:56 PM , Rating: 2
Who said anything about direct downloading to the PSP? I could just get them on my PC which has 1.5TB (going to upgrade with 2 more 750s in the near future too!) of space alone and another 2TB on a network server... I have plenty of room for those itty-bitty PSX games ;). So why not just let us buy and download on a PC... it's not like we can't just remove the PSX games from the PSP after we download them from the PS3 via a PC. When you plug a PSP into a PC, you access all the files on the memory stick, including games.

Also, how can you assume that most of us will eventually own a PS3? I don't really see any games that will make me rush out and buy the PS3 yet... Also, by the time that happens, Sony's next portable console will be out (as supposedly, the successor's been in the works) -_-.

Feeling up the market!
By daftrok on 11/27/2006 1:40:59 AM , Rating: 2
What Sony is doing and checking to see just how popular the market is on PSP to PS3 sharing. If it is uber popular, PSONE games will be available exclusively on the PS3. If it lags (which im sure it will), they will make the transition to PCs (or even to the PSPs themselves given that they have wifi built in)

RE: Feeling up the market!
By Schadenfroh on 11/27/2006 10:26:41 AM , Rating: 2
I agree, they are probably going to have it exclusive to the PS3 for 6-months to a year and then allow it to be done via the PC. (or does the PS2 have MS:Duo support?)

Sony is not going to lose out on all the revenue from something like this by making it a PS3 exclusive forever. Think about how the ipod (itunes store as well?) was mac exclusive for a while, but it did not last, this PS3/PSP requirement to play PSone games will not last either.

Besides, would not you Anti-Sony people be disappointed if they did not make an application riddled with rootkits and DRM for your PC that allows you to purchase PSone games and put them on your PSP?


DRM strikes again?
By johnsonx on 11/27/2006 3:28:41 AM , Rating: 4
I'm guessing the download-to-PS3 requirement has something to do with copy protection. They feel better able to protect the game if it has to come through a PS3 first; if it could come through a PC it would be cracked instantly.

DRM sure does screw up alot of products, doesn't it? I understand the desire of content publishers to protect their content, but if the DRM so cripples a device that no one bothers with it, then what has anyone gained?

The UMD format could have been successful, if there had been low-cost UMD burners and recordable media available but I imagine DRM concerns killed any such notion. Likewise this new PSone games on PSP scheme could be a success if people could simply download the games using a PC and then store them on a memory stick or a UMD disk, but again DRM concerns mean you have to have an expensive and as-yet unattainable PS3 system to do it. Are PSP gamers and PS3 gamers even the same people? If they are, then weren't PSP gamers probably also PSone gamers, and therefore aren't they sick of those games by now?

Add on
By crystal clear on 11/27/2006 8:00:49 AM , Rating: 4
Some useful additions to the article-

Once downloaded to your PS3, you'll then be able to transfer these games to your PSP for play on the go. A PS3 update next year will allow you to play the games on the PS3 as well.

You'll have to make sure your PSP has been updated with version 3.00 firmware. Upgrading to version 3.00 also alows you to take advantage of another PS3 feature: remote play. If you have the 60 Gigabyte PS3 unit, you'll be able to use the PS3 as a local area media player, viewing and listening to all the content on your PS3's hard drive through the portable system. The PS3 will be upgraded next year to allow for worldwide remote play.

These download details concern the Japanese PlayStation Store, which can only be accessed via Japanese PlayStation Network accounts (that is, a PSN account that has a Japanese address). Details on the international Game Archives should follow short

We've seen this before
By PurdueRy on 11/27/2006 2:11:46 AM , Rating: 2
Nintendo tried a similar marketing campaign aimed at connecting the GBA with the GC. I don't think too many people would argue that it was pretty much a failure. The market is simply too small to find people that own both systems, go out and buy the cable and know how to use it.

Seeing as how there are fewer PSP's that sold out there....I can't imagine this succeeding. Sony should learn from other's mistakes.

RE: We've seen this before
By Xavian on 11/27/2006 3:20:52 AM , Rating: 1
Indeed, however this is Sony we are talking about, they dont learn from others mistakes. They dont even learn from their own, they just happened to come into the gaming market at the right time with the right price and the PS2 rode on the PSX's success. They have been lucky, but this generation im sure they will not be so lucky, Nintendo learnt a deal of humility after the N64, i have a feeling Sony will learn a deal of humility from the PS3 and PSP.

By nzbleach on 11/27/2006 1:05:41 AM , Rating: 2
Why are they releasing ps1 launch titles for the psp :S - waste of my damned money. They should just release games people actually want to play. I hope the psp hacking community find out how these ps1 games run on the psp so we can just edit existing ps1 iso's.

By Scabies on 11/27/2006 1:18:44 AM , Rating: 2
and first must be downloaded to the PlayStation 3 before loading onto the PSP.


wasnt the PSP doing poorly enough? "Hey lets make it more useful and inviting!!... to the twelve of you that have a PSP AND managed to nab a PS3"

and here I was, just now thinking about buying one (or the other)

PSP as a controller
By LVHQ on 11/27/2006 10:05:05 AM , Rating: 2
I have been holding on to my PSP hoping that Sony would use it as an alternative controller for the PS3. I am surprized they have not hyped this or even thought about this yet! Having your own screen apart from everyone else during a game seems like such a HOT idea (setting up football plays in a game comes to mind). I cannot BELIEVE Sony has not thought to market this yet! If this is not implemented, my PSP might find a new home on ebay.

Bye Sony
By viperpa on 11/27/2006 7:19:59 PM , Rating: 2
I have spend $600 to play a $6 game on my PSP? I guess my PSP will just collect dust then. Maybe sell it on EBAY since I won't have any use for it after another Sony debacle. Add one more to the list of Sony anti consumer antics. No wonder Sony is going down hill fast.

I'ts been done..
By breakout86 on 11/27/2006 10:33:10 AM , Rating: 1
Sega did this along time ago with the Visual Memory Units on the Dreamcast - and Nintendo more recently with the GBA to GC - Neither of which has been very successful..

And the idea is only going to get less popular as online gaming kills off the idea of 'having a few mates over for a game'

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