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Sony says: PSP will become a virtual PS3

Sony Computer Entertainment corporate executive Izumi Kawanishi shared some insights today in a report titled "PSP will become a virtual PS3." The article goes over emulating PS1 games on the handheld, and the obvious difficulties in translating some games that involve using more than one analog stick and use more shoulder buttons. According to Sony, emulation was always technically possible, but only now is the broadband penetration high enough to warrant 600MB downloads for players. "We felt that there was now an environment where true e-Distribution could be realized."

It appears that e-distribution of games is a high-priority for Sony. Services like Steam (PC) are becoming more and more popular with users and publishers, and Sony understands the appeal for many of us. Downloadable demos will be a continued trend for all kinds of games: PS3, PSP and PS1. Also, it was confirmed that you will not need a PS3 to download content to your PSP (for those that were worried).

But the future of digital distribution doesn't stop there:

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Arstechnica pooh-poohs Portable TV

Tech site Arstechnica took a long hard look at Sony's Portable TV service in Japan and appears to have walked away with a slight case of pinkeye. In their assessment, they didn't warm up to the site's "rather draconian digital rights management scheme" that only let users rent video clips and hold on to them for a set period of time. In addition, the site's offering of clips from genres like drama, sports, comedy, and anime is somewhat limited with prices for videos pegged at somewhere around $1 to $2 (although some are made available for free), but Arstechnica thinks that the meager selection is the least of the service's problems.

Portable TV has shades of Sony's barely-there Connect music download service, which so far has not even come close to competing with services like iTunes. We liked the idea of getting video downloads for our PSPs when we first heard about Portable TV, but we'd rather Sony streamline their system before they start thinking about giving the US or Europe the same offering.

Read up on other reviews of Portable TV here.

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