As part of the latest firmware upgrades for the PS3 and PSP, Sony announced that both systems will be able to download and play some classic PlayStation titles. Currently there are a dozen titles available, including Syphon Filter
, Tekken 2
, and Crash Bandicoot
. With old geezers like Chuck and John around, it's no wonder why retro gaming is a continually growing slice of the industry.
Sony Computer Entertainment America today introduced new features to PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3™) system and PSP®(PlayStation®Portable) system, including the ability to download and play classic PlayStation® titles on the PS3 system. Gamers will be able to use saved data from PlayStation format software on both their PS3 and PSP systems, offering a seamless gameplay experience for titles playable on both platforms. This new functionality is part of the latest firmware upgrades (ver. 1.70 for PS3 and ver. 3.40 for PSP).
SCEA also announced new content coming to the PLAYSTATION®Store, including a can’t-miss trailer for Ratchet and Clank’s PS3 debut. The PLAYSTATION Store remains the best destination for the more than 1.3 million registered PLAYSTATION®Network users to find the latest PS3 content.
Downloadable PlayStation Titles on PS3
PlayStation format titles for play on PSP first became available for download in December. Currently there are a dozen titles available, including favorites such as Syphon Filter®, Tekken®2, and Crash Bandicoot. With the growing consumer demand for playing retro games, SCEA will now offer downloadable PlayStation format software to PS3 users. The PlayStation titles currently on the PLAYSTATION Store will soon be repackaged and made available for both systems. Once the updated versions are available, PSP users who previously purchased a PlayStation format game can simply re-download the title at no additional cost. New titles will continue to be released throughout the year.
In addition, the firmware updates enable saved data for downloadable PlayStation titles to be copied between both systems. This functionality delivers a new level of interoperability between PS3 and PSP systems, giving gamers the freedom to start a game on one platform and pick up where they left off on the other.
Firmware 1.70 for PS3 also adds the force feedback function of select USB accessories designed for use with PlayStation®2 format software.
New PLAYSTATION Store Content
There are now more than 1.3 million users registered worldwide on the PLAYSTATION Network, and SCEA continues to deliver new downloadable content to gamers on a weekly basis. Today the PLAYSTATION Store will add trailers for the highly anticipated action-adventure game, Ratchet & Clank® Future: Tools of Destruction, as well as for the acclaimed role-playing game, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, which is currently available for PS3 system. Below are the details of the exciting new offerings from the PLAYSTATION Store:
- Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction Trailer (free): Ratchet and Clank are making their debut on PS3 with a new epic adventure set in a massive playground of explosive mayhem.
- The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion Trailer (free): The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion is an open-ended RPG where you can create any kind of character you can imagine. Experience the main quest at your own pace, explore the vast world, or join numerous factions, such as the thieves or mages guilds, each with its own complete storyline.
- Movie Trailers (free): Check out trailers for upcoming summer flicks, Ocean’s Thirteen and No Reservations.
Q2 Software Releases
Kicking off today’s news was a press release highlighting SCEA’s second-quarter software lineup. Consumers will find more than 100 new first- and third-party titles across the PlayStation family of products in the months of April, May, and June, including PS3 titles Calling All Cars™ and MLB 07 The Show™. View the full press release at: http://www.us.playstation.com/news .