The launch of the PSP Store was quite muted, catching even the writers of PSP Fanboy off-guard. The PC-compatible Store
allows PSP fans to download demos, themes and full games onto their system -- but why the stealthy launch? As of now, only the most hardcore PSP fans (that read sites like ours) know about the service. Eric Lempel, director of the PSN, explains: "we felt like if we made a big splash there might not be enough there to make everybody happy now. We're going to ramp up slowly... We really didn't want to position this as something that's going to replace all the other ways of getting content for your PSP at this time." Essentially, the Store simply doesn't have enough content on it right now to warrant a big promotion. Over time, we're bound to see a lot more hype surrounding the Store.
This week, PSP owners will be able to download beats
, a Store-exclusive music program. In the coming weeks, SOCOM: Fireteam Bravo
and Twisted Metal: Head On
will also be added. Interestingly, Lempel also talks about fl0w and Everyday Shooter
as examples of games that would be perfect for PSP. We'd agree. Finally, for those that have been voicing their concerns -- a Mac version of the Store is "something the team in Tokyo is looking at."
Make sure you check out MTV's full interview
to get almost every question you could possibly have about the PSP Store answered.