"Yeah. Uh, did you get that memo?"

Sony is taking its fight to the streets in the ongoing portable gaming market. While Nintendo hold the lion's share of the market, Sony has a few tricks up its sleeve to make the PSP experience a better one for gamers.

During Comic Con 2006 at Sony's PSP University in San Diego, the company announced that the PSP can be used as a remote for the upcoming PlayStation 3 console. Other shared functionality will be available between the two devices, but no other details were given. Sony is also in listening to users wanting more WiFi access and is in deals with services providers to provide more hotspots for the PSPs. Sony is also planning to bulk up its online Sony Connect service by adding movie downloads to the equation. This would be in addition to UMD and the MemoryStick Entertainment Pack.

The company has also announced a number of upcoming games coming to the platform including US Navy SEALS and Gangs of London. Interestingly enough, the company is still supporting its failed UMD format. The company announced that two cult favorites are coming to UMD: Office Space and Napoleon Dynamite. Other notables include RSS Video feed support in an upcoming firmware update and the company’s decision not to add improved methods of text entry or external keyboards for the unit.

All in all, it looks as though Sony is doing its best to make the PSP more visible and make it an even better platform. The fact that UMD is still kicking around is a bit surprising given its plans for the MemoryStick Entertainment Pack and online movie downloads, but stranger things have happened.

“Then they pop up and say ‘Hello, surprise! Give us your money or we will shut you down!' Screw them. Seriously, screw them. You can quote me on that.” -- Newegg Chief Legal Officer Lee Cheng referencing patent trolls
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