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PSP Remaster series to bring portable classics to PS3

Monday, 23rd May 2011 00:00 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Sony has announced a new line of HD revamps for classic PSP titles, giving them a serious brush off and making them playable on your PlayStation 3. The first to be trailered is the phenomenally successful Monster Hunter Portable 3rd.

The re-releases will follow the path trod by Sony’s PS2 HD classics such as Prince of Persia and the upcoming Team Ico double pack, sporting full HD. It’s not clear whether they’ll be retail releases or download only.

Some titles will support stereoscopic 3D and Dual Shock features, and others will include bonus content.

The new series will be playable on both PSP and PS3, and save files created on either system will be usable with the other. Sony’s announcement specifically mentions using your save file to continue play after switching systems.

Moreover, you’ll be able to access PSP multiplayer directly from the PS3 thanks to a new application enabling the PSP’s ad hoc network to be initialised on the larger console.

No word on dates yet, and according to SCEI Japan, which made the announcement, the new line is “starting in the Japanese market”. Dang. We’re awaiting further information from SCE Europe and SCE America.

Check out the trailer for the remastered Monster Hunter Portable 3rd (called Monster Hunter Freedom 3 outside Japan) below – it is certainly shiny.

No other titles have been mentioned yet, but as CVG notes, the two God of War games on PSP – Chains of Olympus and Ghost of Sparta – have been rumoured to be headed to PS3 for some time. The PS2 trilogy has already made the leap to PS3.

The PSP’s successor, currently called the NGP, is expected to release internationally in 2012. The PSPgo has recently been discontinued.

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19 Comments

  1. Rosseu

    At least we get mh on ps3. I’ll try it if ever they release it i english

    #1 4 years ago
  2. speedxl01

    Nice move!! Waiting for FF Type 0 HD headed for Ps3

    #2 4 years ago
  3. TheWulf

    Whenever I see Monster Hunter I can’t help but think of how much I’d like something like that but from the opposite end. I’d much rather start off as a small critter, working my way up to a massive dragon and then using that to restore order to the lands rather than a human with “MY SARD IS BIGGAR!” syndrome.

    It just makes me realise how generally lacking in cleverness so many games are. And we never really demand cleverness, same old will do. Shame.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Christopher Jack

    Why don’t we have many PSP quality titles on Android or iOS yet? Since the Cortex A8 & 2nd generation Snapdragon processors, there’s no doubt that we could have had many truly amazing games on the platforms. Now with the Cortex A9 & 3rd generation Snapdragons around the corner, all the good games will end up on just the NGP(Which runs on the Cortex A9 architecture).
    It’s completely possible that saturation is killing any large developer’s hopes of succeeding on the mobile platforms but a simplified gaming umbrella service like Steam could solve that problem, let’s hope that Sony’s PlayStation Suite can do what no one else has done before & that it doesn’t remain exclusive to certain handsets.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Phoenixblight

    @5

    “Why don’t we have many PSP quality titles on Android or iOS yet?”

    No standardization any guy with a some programming skills and a concept can make a game for those. Because of that it floods the market with crap.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Christopher Jack

    @6, Yes but that point was solved with my second paragraph, we need a separate umbrella for the the premium games & if Google won’t act on it, perhaps some other guy(s) like Valve could with Steam & Sony will with their PlayStation Suite but I’m uncertain about PlayStation Suite, it all goes down on how Sony runs it.

    As of now, the only decent middleware engine on Android is the Unreal Engine, I’d think that if Sony wants to make their PlayStation Suite a success, they could maybe outsource one of their own engines-we all know the amazing results they can achieve in the right hands.

    As I’ve mentioned in the past, with OSs like Android being built straight into television sets, the future will replace consoles with services, it all depends on who makes the most successful moves on the way there & Sony seems to be striking first out of the 3 console manufacturers unless you count GfWS which could find itself expanding to Windows Mobile & possibly future Windows televisions.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Phoenixblight

    “As I’ve mentioned in the past, with OSs like Android being built straight into television sets, the future will replace consoles with services, it all depends on who makes the most successful moves on the way there & Sony seems to be striking first out of the 3 console manufacturers unless you count GfWS which could find itself expanding to Windows Mobile & possibly future Windows televisions.”

    I very much doubt that. Microsoft couldn’t even handle doing their own Zune HD, and you are suggesting that they will somehow pull it off with their Windows 7 phones? That is one hell of a pipe dream.

    As far as the IOS and Android its a new market once a corporation finds money in it you can be pretty damn sure they will find a way to regulate it. Its new and this is what happens same thing happened to the console market it came up then crashed because of so much saturation then a corp will come in and regulate it to stop it from crashing. The same thing went through the net with the .com phase.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Christopher Jack

    I kind of agree with you, Microsoft has a strong history of mismanagement but they theoretically do have the resources to accomplish a revolution in mobile & home gaming but Sony (Teamed with Google[through Google TV & PlayStation Suite]) seems to be the only one out the 3 console manufacturers making a real attempt at moving on.

    It all goes down to how they manage their plans, I personally think that Nintendo will end up the same as Sega because they haven’t really came to grips with this new technological era.

    In saying all of this, all 3 contenders have some potential, it’s up to them to manage it.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. thesupersakura

    Hopefully Crisis Core and possibly the Loco Roco series will make it to the PS3 remakes as well. Here’s to hoping!

    #9 4 years ago
  10. Johnny Cullen

    Peace Walker. /ends comments

    #10 4 years ago
  11. Blerk

    I think my only surprise here is that it’s taken them this long. Remember when the PS3 was still just a rumour and people were suggesting it would come with a built-in UMD drive for PSP-compatibility?

    #11 4 years ago
  12. PS3Dreamer

    NICE going SONY, I love u for this, don’t take to long to bring this to North America

    #12 4 years ago
  13. Goffee

    Any word on cross-system multiplayer? That would be awesome. Plus if they do this for NGP, then (apart from paying for the game twice) could you do PSP vs. NGP gaming?

    #13 4 years ago
  14. Erthazus

    Nice move to be honest.

    #14 4 years ago
  15. Christopher Jack

    @14, I doubt it for the PSP X PS3 games, it’s possible (SmackDown! vs RAW 2006 on the PS2 & PSP for example).
    But considering that Sony’s taking a more social approach with the NGP, I would think that Sony would be encouraging local connectivity between the PS3 & NGP, hopefully online connectivity too but that seems unlikely.

    #15 4 years ago
  16. Clownbabyalbino666

    @14 – the article and the trailer pretty much say that you’ll be able to join a party with people playing the PSP version.

    #16 4 years ago
  17. StolenGlory

    “No other titles have been mentioned yet, but as CVG notes, the two God of War games on PSP – Chains of Olympus and Ghost of Sparta – have been rumoured to be headed to PS3 for some time. The PS2 trilogy has already made the leap to PS3.”

    PS2 Trilogy? There were only two GoW titles for the PS2.

    #17 4 years ago
  18. OlderGamer

    I could go for some Phantasy Star Portable on my PS3. And there are a few games here and there but mostly the problem I have with PSP games are that they are basicly just console experiences “on the go”. Meaning that if they converted the whole libary of PSP games to full on HD PS3 games, only a few of em would be something we haven’t already seen on PS3 to begin with.

    But if they can get enough of the gems, uniques, and higher profile games converted, I am sure it they would sell.

    #18 4 years ago
  19. Nozz

    Peace Walker and Monster Hunter with non awkward controls!?!?

    Hell yes Sony.

    #19 4 years ago

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