According to SCE corporate executive Izumi Kawanish, the PSP will act like an information terminal with the PS3 using WLAN. This means that the PS3 will be able to distribute video imagery to the PSP for portable viewing. Izumi Kawanish commented on the upcoming PS1 emulator for the PSP, and said that tests were still going on but progress is steady. Kawanashi also said that that Sony might allow gamers to play PS1 games through emulation on the PC and, in the future, on a cell phone.
“Games for PS3, PSP, PS1 and so-forth will be distributed via the network. While popular series are a separate matter, it’s becoming hard to tell what’s inside the package of recent games. So, we’re thinking of distributing demo versions. In the case of PS1 games, we believe that if we make a library of all games available, similar to what Amazon does for books, there will be many users who want to give the classic titles a try.“
“It’s possible to have distribution of video imagery from the PS3 to PSP,” said Kawanishi. “In other words, images that are rendered on the PS3 will be sent to the PSP via wireless LAN. If the PS3 is something like a home server that’s placed in the center of your home, the PSP is an information terminal that you carry with you.” Kawanishi was referring to 3D imagery that’s rendered on the PS3 and viewed on the PSP.
“The PSP started off clearly with the position of a portable game machine,” continued Kawanishi. “However, looking long term, there’s the thought that it ought to become a portable network device. At that time, if there’s demand for an information terminal, it is possible to take it in that direction.” If what Kawanishi says is true, the PSP has a long life ahead of it and the PS3 is just the beginning.