Sony Computer Entertainment Japan will launch a free network service this fall in Japan allowing PSP users in the region to connect directly to the PlayStation Store. The users will be able to download content without having to transfer the content through a PlayStation 3 or PC.
SCEJ plans to release games through the network service, such as Mainichi Issyo Portable
, a follow up to PS3 title Mainichi Issyo
that will be available with the service's launch.
In addition, the company will launch another service this fall enabling users in Japan to play PSP software titles featuring ad-hoc mode over the internet through their PS3s. Previously released titles such as Capcom's Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G
will be compatible with the service.
All users with PSP-1000, PSP-2000, and PSP-3000 series models in Japan will be able to take advantage of the new services provided that they install an upcoming system software update. SCEJ has yet to release any plans for similar service implementations in North America or other territories.
The recently unveiled PSP-3000
, which features a higher-contrast LCD display and a built-in microphone, will be released in Japan
on October 16th. The new PSP will launch for the standard price of ¥19,800 ($183), alongside a new "Value Pack" for ¥24,800 ($230) featuring a 4GB Memory Stick Pro Duo 2 and other accessories. A North American release is also scheduled for October, but no specific date has yet been announced.