Kawanishi Talks PS3 And PSP
We've heard several intriguing things about how the PS3 and PSP will relate to each other, but despite all the updates, a few details remain a little hazy. But thanks to the latest issue of Famitsu where Sony's Izumi Kawanishi (in charge of development of both PS3 and PSP hardware) enlightens us, we're a little less confused.
First and foremost, Kawanishi dealt with the connectivity concerns between the PSP and PS3. We already know that you'll be able to use the PSP as a remote viewer for your PS3 media content. At first, the two consoles will have to be within ad-hoc connection range, but Sony does plan to extend the service beyond your wireless range and across the Internet.
Kawanishi revealed that Sony's intentions go well beyond simple media viewing, however. They actually hope to allow owners to play PS3 games remotely on the PSP, and while he didn't get too detailed, we can assume that the PSP will be used to display game footage received by the PS3 and send back controller data input by the player.
But a few other things needed to be clarified. First of all, the Famitsu piece said you'd need to have the 60GB PS3 model, which has built-in Wi-Fi, to enable this PSP connectivity. There was no mention of whether or not connecting a USB Wi-Fi socket to the 20GB model would work, but we'd hope that's the case.
Kawanishi further commented on region free software. The feature, earlier confirmed by several Sony reps, is certainly a reality.
"It's often been the case that past game systems would have a region code system, and would not play overseas games," said Kawanishi. "However, PlayStation 3 game software does not have this region code. In other words, if you can get your hands on overseas software, you can play as is. There are exceptions, however, so SCE does not make guarantees about operation."
And lastly, we got a few new tidbits on how we'll be updating our PS3 software. Apparently, in addition to the now-traditional Internet updates, Sony intends to let users update via flash memory - probably by downloading update files to a memory card - and via game and media software.
The closer we get to the PS3 launch, the more these little pieces of the puzzle keep falling into place. Hopefully, we've have a completed picture by November 17.
10/25/2006 Ben Dutka