PSN store on the go?

Mobile PSN store

The PSN store has always seemed slightly inefficient when it comes to downloading PSP content. Users have to use a Playstation 3 as a sort of electronic middleman in order to access the store, even if all they want is PSP stuff. For those gamers who prefer to wait for the PS3 library to grow before investing in Sony’s big machine, this could pose a bit of a problem.

Now, though, they seem to be wising up to this issue, and Playstation network operations director Eric Lempel has confirmed that the company plans to make the store available directly from the PSP sometime in the future.

"With the capability of the PSP it’s something that should be possible, so it’s definitely something we’re thinking about. It’s just a matter of priorities and some technology that we need to make it all work right and make sure the content is delivered securely, just to protect some of our [intellectual properties].”

He also commented on digital releases of PSP games, stating that there would have to be a minimum period of UMD exclusivity to remain fair to brick-and-mortar retailers.

“As you can see we’ve only offered two first-party titles on the store. We’re working on that plan so we can roll it out to our third-party partners. At this time I can’t discuss the policy. Right now it won’t be day and date for those titles just to avoid any retail conflict. We appreciate what the retailers do for us. We know this would create some challenges for them.”

I find this to be somewhat unfortunate, and would prefer all PSP content to come in digital form. I’d even advocate a psp redesign, completely eliminating the UMD drive. What do you guys think?


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Author: Eddie Inzauto View all posts by
Eddie has been writing about games on the interwebz for over ten years. You can find him Editor-in-Chiefing around these parts, or talking nonsense on Twitter @eddieinzauto.

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