PSN Game Rental Service For PSP?
The PSP Go! continues to be the primary rumor of choice surrounding the handheld industry, but another one has just arrived and it's worthy of your attention.
According to PS3Center, Sony has issued a survey that asks one very revealing question: would you be interested in renting PSP games from the PlayStation Store? The survey goes on to ask more questions about how familiar you are with the PSN, how often you indulge in your favorite hobby, and many more PSP-related queries. And as PS3Center points out, they could all be classified under the "no UMD" rumor category because they tend to focus on a digital download delivery concept. Of course, as time goes on and technology gets better, we could extend this idea to the home consoles as well. The days of Blockbuster may be over thanks to Netflix, but perhaps GameFly will be the next casualty if one will be able to rent games online. At this point, it certainly isn't feasible but only time will tell... And it's very feasible for PSP software, so perhaps this will be one of Sony's big announcements at E3. You can already download movies and TV shows; why not a few pieces of handheld software to try? Really, the entire world is gonna go digital before you know it.
Is it a good idea? Will people definitely rent PSP games off the PSN? How might it ultimately affect software sales? We have many questions and so does Sony...guess we'll have to wait and see what happens.
5/20/2009 Ben Dutka