PS3, Do You Take This PSP To Be Your Lawfully Wedded...
Most of Gamer's Day wouldn't really interest gamers who play almost exclusively on handhelds, considering 90% of Sony's agenda revolved around the PS3. However, there was a nice bit of news for the PSP, and a clarification (finally!) on that mysterious "Remote Play" feature on the PS3. In a demonstration at the start of the show, Sony revealed that Remote Play is an instant-access ability for the PS3 so it can send its media directly to a PSP.
All you have to do is select the menu option under Network, and then go ahead and connect the PS3. In the demonstration, SCEA President Kaz Hirai played half of a high-definition 1080p trailer for Casino Royale on the PS3, then paused it, switched to the PSP, and played the rest of the trailer on the little handheld. The PSP even sported the same playback controls!
This could mean a lot for the PSP's future. The Memory Stick is no longer the endpoint for all your conent; in fact, whatever you store on your PS3 can be viewed on your PSP. This includes just about everything, like photos, music, videos, and just about anything else you can think of because the PSP has full access to the PS3's XMB. You don't need to recompress video clips, so by storing any content in the PS3, you can watch those clips anywhere in the house.
Initially, the feature will only be available to connect through an ad-hoc connection (which means you're basically limited to the range of your wireless connection), but eventually, later updates should allow IP streaming of Remote Play...which would allow the PSP to communicate with the PS3 anywhere in the world. On the flip side, the PSP can wirelessly connect to the PS3 in a similar fashion, thus letting the user stream media to the console without the need for a wire.
Although not the biggest news of the event, it's one of the coolest things we've heard to date.
10/20/2006 Ben Dutka