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PSP Go to get mobile-sized games, iPhone ports

updated 02:40 pm EDT, Tue August 18, 2009

PSP Go 15 Games to Start

The PSP Go's launch October 1st will come with easily downloadable small games to match, Sony said during its Gamescom expo keynote. Known as Minis, the titles will be capped at 100MB or less to make them quick downloads over Wi-Fi and are similarly meant to encourage smaller, more independent developers to produce titles that don't have to compete on the same field as full-fledged PSP titles. Prices and other details weren't made public, but up to 50 games should be ready by the end of the year.

Sony also indirectly supported reports that it was luring iPhone developers by noting that at least two of the games for Apple's platform, Fieldrunners and Hero of Sparta, are being ported over to the PSP. That same leak suggested that games would also get consciously iPhone-like pricing of 1, 3 or 5 Euros, likely translating to $1, $3 and $5 US, in a bid to spur casual purchases.

The plans all but confirm an increasing concern from console makers that the iPhone and iPod touch are encroaching on their established markets. Although Sony never mentioned the competitor directly, Nintendo has recently acknowleged that Apple was hurting DS sales. Besides regularly offering games that are less expensive even when they represent largely direct ports of Nintendo DS games like Assassin's Creed or Civilization Revolution, Apple's handhelds are also technically more powerful than either the DS or PSP and have much more advanced app platforms, media playback and networking.

As part of its efforts to extend the PSP's reach, Sony today also promised a digital reader app in November that would give owners auto-formatted versions of comics, including those from Marvel, and added both pink and purple PSP colors (pink pictured below) to the current game system's colors in Europe.




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  1. njfuzzy

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    Caption

    I'm pretty sure the purple one is pictured, not the pink one.

    Cool to hear about the comics reader, though!

  1. WiseWeasel

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Crumbs

    My how the tables have turned; I never thought I'd see the day when the PSP is considered lucky to get "ports" of iPhone games.

  1. nat

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    try it

    ms's way, don't lure them, buy them.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    lucky?

    Where does it say they were 'lucky' to get iPhone ports?

  1. luckyday

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Iphone

    Iphone gaming is only good up until a point. Games like paper toss work great, but any game where you have to navigate by moving your finger around a circle is ridiculous. It just doesn't work. So when it comes to advanced games, the iphone can't compete with any device that has buttons.

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