PSOne Emulator for PSP Massive Back Catalogue Looms

Kutaragi confirms 32-Bit renaissance

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PSOne Emulator for PSP – Massive Back Catalogue Looms
Speaking at the PlayStation meeting, Sony Computer Entertainment chief Ken Kutaragi confirmed long-standing rumours that a massive PlayStation back-catalogue will come available for the PSP. Read the full report on all the PSP announcements here.

Since then, some further details have emerged regarding SCE's plans to monetise its pre-existing IP. The only comments to date from official sources have confirmed first-party titles will be available, though it's a certainty that the third-parties still in existence and not bound by over-complex mergers agreements will queue up to cash in.

The games will be made available in digital form only and distributed via the web from a soon to be announced Sony portal. They will be bought 'for keeps' by consumers and stored on Sony Memory Stick, with users able to keep a single game for as long as he or she feels fit.

Several Japanese retailers have indicated to SPOnG that Sony will sell new SMS cards in stores, each coming with a specified number of game download credits, though we are unable to add anything more to this at time of press.

One uncertainty is how Sony will keep the rampant PSP hacker community from pulling apart its legitimate operation. With the PlayStation games in ROM form, a significant investment into digital security will be required if the IP is to escape the hackers and subsequent illegal, revenue-free distribution via torrent and peer-to-peer groups.

Expect the full skinny on this interesting take on PSP sideways and back a bit compatibility to emerge at E3 if not a shade before.

You can read our full report on Kutaragi's PlayStation 3 announcements here.
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Ditto 17 Mar 2006 09:46
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PSP trumps DS.
ann0uk 17 Mar 2006 10:10
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I wouldnt say that, PSP may have the back catalogue but it will still not be introducing anything fresh and exciting.
DS is still the more interesting handheld with a lot more to offer.
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kid_77 17 Mar 2006 11:23
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ann0uk wrote:
DS is still the more interesting handheld with a lot more to offer.

Both systems have some excting software on the way. Games I'm anticipating:

PSP
Me and My Katamari
Monster Hunter Freedom
Outrun 2
Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror

DS
Metroid Prime: Hunters
Tales of Tempest
Brain Training
majin dboy 17 Mar 2006 11:40
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ahhh, adam m a very indepth and comprehensive arguement.
Joji 17 Mar 2006 11:53
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Sorry Adam M, I don't agree. We all surely saw this coming because PSP is basicly a PS2 in your hand anyway. It's a good option that'd I'd use once I bag a PSP (when that high price comes down or ebay provides).

PSone have some good games and to be honest I still play mines sometimes. Problem is that you'll need a huge memory stick to play some of these games and store them.

Also when you put PSone games up against the 2d games that Nintendo will be offering, I think I'd opt for the latter more, simply because PSone and games can still be purchased some places while 2d gems like Actraiser are out of print and I'd rather indulge in, as I'm also sure many japanese gamers will have a similar feeling for 2d over 3d.
ann0uk 17 Mar 2006 12:15
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Both systems have some excting software on the way. Games I'm anticipating:

PSP
Me and My Katamari
Monster Hunter Freedom
Outrun 2
Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror

DS
Metroid Prime: Hunters
Tales of Tempest
Brain Training


Arent you forgetting New Mario Brothers, Tetris DS, Final Fantasy III, Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles. There will be many more good games too.
Other than just relying on their back catalogue why doesnt sony try to innovate. Anyway I would rather play the back catalogue on their home consoles which can be done already.
Ditto 17 Mar 2006 12:19
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ann0uk wrote:

Other than just relying on their back catalogue why doesnt sony try to innovate.


Nintendo are really just relying on their back-catalogue - most GBA games were from the Super NES and now Nintendo's over-exploited back-catalogue appears to be the Revo's ichiban selling point too.
kid_77 17 Mar 2006 13:20
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ann0uk wrote:
Arent you forgetting New Mario Brothers, Tetris DS, Final Fantasy III, Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles.

I haven't forgotten them, I'm just not anticipating them.

I've never been a huge fan of Mario platformers - Mario 64 the exception.

I've still got Tetris on my GB.

I completed SNES Final Fantasy III a few months back, and i presume the DS version is just a port... please correct me if I'm wong.
Joji 17 Mar 2006 15:22
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To Adam I think that's a bit of a false claim about the GBa being mostly Snes ports. I'd estimate it's more like the GBA has about 20-30% of ports (a large amount which fans in the west never saw officially), and not just Snes one, but also games from previous consoles.

GBA actually gets more original games than ports which is the way it should be.

That last port I purchased for GBA was SFA3 which was superb. Saying this do notice that GBA also got Super Ghouls aand Ghosts (another excellent Capcom game) but never got another SNES classic in the form of Area 88 (aka U.N Squadron). Why? Most likely because Capcom were focusing on the Megaman series and stuff like Gyakuten Saiban.

As for Kid, it's okay that you don't want FFIII for DS if you've already completed recently. I do believe the DS version is more of a remake than a port in 3D instead of 2D. If you don't fancy it there's plenty of other games one the way. Children of Mana, Xenosaga 1 and 2, Lost Magic, Iron Feather, Magical Vacation 2, Metal Saga DS and those are just a few of the rpgs.

If you want something cool and different try some of the jap import games. Bleach and Eyeshield 21 are good. PSP also has good import games but you must do your homework before purchase.
kid_77 17 Mar 2006 15:39
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Joji wrote:
If you want something cool and different try some of the jap import games. Bleach and Eyeshield 21 are good. PSP also has good import games but you must do your homework before purchase.

I hope my homework is useful to the rest of the class ;)

OptimusP 17 Mar 2006 18:58
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Games are going to be stored on the memory stick... and no one has figured the freakin high cost to put PSOne games on Memory sticks (FFIX anyone?), being a bigger rip-off then buying a Xbox360 core and then buying the HDD.

Sure... trumps the DS anytime...
RIPRAW 17 Mar 2006 21:08
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I love my ds. It's been along time since I have enjoyed playing video games this much. I feel like a kid again.

Games like Ouendan and Under the Knife are truly amazing and innovative. I can't help but giggle whilst playing them. Sadly these can only be imported at the moment. It's a shame that some of the best titles that fully utilise the ds' stylus capabilities are missing in the west.
rainking187 20 Mar 2006 22:49
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kid_77 wrote:
I completed SNES Final Fantasy III a few months back, and i presume the DS version is just a port... please correct me if I'm wong.


You're wrong. Final Fantasy III for the SNES wasn't Final Fantasy III at all, but really Final Fantasy VI. Final Fantasy III has never been released outside of Japan.
kid_77 21 Mar 2006 14:41
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rainking187 wrote:
You're wrong. Final Fantasy III for the SNES wasn't Final Fantasy III at all, but really Final Fantasy VI. Final Fantasy III has never been released outside of Japan.

I know about the US naming idiocy, I just presumed this was a remake of US III/Jap VI... if this is a remake of the NES original, I'll be tempted.
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