There are a number of PSP games that are so good that they've elicited the comment "if only this was on the PS3 and used the PSN for online play", and it seems like Sony and top PSP game publishers have heard our plea. A new category of games is coming to the PS3 on Blu-ray called PSP Remasters, and Monster Hunter Portable 3rd is going to be the first, naturally. Selling over 4.5 million units in Japan alone over 6 months can give you the cash to do a port or two.
These will be Blu-ray releases that are an up-rezzed remake of the PSP version but will continue to use Adhoc Party on the PS3 for online play, the Dual Shock 3 controller, and will feature save game portability between the PS3 and PSP so you can play on your PS3 at home, then put the saved game on your PSP to continue playing away from home.
No other games have been announced, and it's listed as "starting in Japan" so it's likely to come to other regions, but if they can ensure the PS3 and PSP versions play together online -- which is what Adhoc party and the ability to play on either the PS3 or PSP very strongly implies, perhaps this shows a bright future for bundled re-releases of a Blu-ray version for the PS3 along with a PSP download voucher for the handheld. NGP title support, anyone?
And Sony, if you could please make Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker your next PSP Remaster we'd really appreciate it.
The short press release is right after the jump.