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July 3, 2006


It's kind of interesting to watch Sony's attempts at imploding.

For example, they plan on bringing "over 7,000" PlayStation games to the PSP. And the PSP needs it, mind you, given its game library is rather sad. Granted, bringing PSX games to the PSP won't solve the PSP's main issue—that it has almost no portable-oriented games—but at least it will raise the bar a little bit.

You'd assume.

Until you consider the rather raging interface problem: The PlayStation's (appropriately named) DualShock had two precise analog sticks. Many of the most popular PSX games used them. And used them both. The PSP, on the other hand, has one rather aggravating analog nipple.

And then there's the issue of buttons. DualShock: 4 shoulder buttons. PSP: Only 2 shoulder buttons. DualShock: Both sticks also press in to act as a button. PSP: Analog nubbin doesn't click.

This isn't to say the games can't be brought to the PSP, but it's interesting that it's being referred to in the gaming press as "emulation" when the PSP is rather incapable of standing in for a PlayStation from a controller point of view. When you look at a popular PlayStation title like the original Syphon Filter, which used every button on the controller and both analog sticks, it's rather difficult to imagine how that would adapt down to the PSP without being rewritten specifically for it.

Also interesting is that the service is rumored (by the official UK PlayStation magazine) to be launching with Final Fantasy 7 and 8 among the available titles—games which shipped on four CDs each for the PlayStation. And the service will supposedly be an online one, where you purchase and download the titles you want to play.

Methinks Sony describing the service as "emulation" will turn out to be nothing more than whitewashing the amount of effort actually required behind the scenes.

Posted by Colin at July 3, 2006 3:58 PM

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