cover-wip-09Sony announced yesterday the plan to introduce new downloadable "mini" games on their Playstation Store starting on October 1st:

"The minis development process has been designed to open the door to a broad range of developers to encourage new talent and creative ideas to PSP. minis are being developed by some of the most creative studios from across the globe from GameShasta, a medium-sized development team based in India, to HoneySlug a three-man team in Camden, London. Some developers, such as Creat, have already created content for PlayStation Network; others, such as Subatomic Studios. are bringing their experience in the mobile phone market to PSP."

iPhone gamers will be familiar with some of the launch titles. Amongst them: Fieldrunners, Hero of Sparta, and Minigore.

Fieldrunners was the first iPhone game to announce a transition over to the PSP, but it appears Sony is continuing to poach some other indie titles from the iPhone market to fill out their new "mini" game strategy. It gives successful iPhone developers another potential avenue for their products.

  • Ahiru

    cool, i hope they release those to run on ps3 as well (not psp-only), that would be nice!!

  • Ahiru

    cool, i hope they release those to run on ps3 as well (not psp-only), that would be nice!!

  • Kita

    iphone games will most likely cost more on the psp because there's less competition and will be more noticable in Sony's app store :)

    • spiffyone

      It depends.

      The "UMD legacy" games, the ones that were originally on UMD in retail but are now offered via digital download, run anywhere from $9.99 to $24.99 (!). A lot of those games you can find for less in retail, both used and new. Well, there is one that I've seen for a lot less: Guilty Gear Judgment is $4.99. And it's the only "UMD legacy" game I've downloaded for that very reason. ;)

      PSone Classics go anywhere from $5.99 to $9.99.

      Then there's PSN Exclusives, which are all new, made for PSP DD only releases. Those go anywhere from $4.99 (Beats) to $19.99 (Ape Quest, an Ape Escape RPG). What's funny is that a lot of the PSN Exclusives are basically "mini" games. Beats and Super Stardust Portable are to PSP what Tap Tap Revenge and Isotope are to iPhone/touch.

  • Kita

    iphone games will most likely cost more on the psp because there's less competition and will be more noticable in Sony's app store :)

    • spiffyone

      It depends.

      The "UMD legacy" games, the ones that were originally on UMD in retail but are now offered via digital download, run anywhere from $9.99 to $24.99 (!). A lot of those games you can find for less in retail, both used and new. Well, there is one that I've seen for a lot less: Guilty Gear Judgment is $4.99. And it's the only "UMD legacy" game I've downloaded for that very reason. ;)

      PSone Classics go anywhere from $5.99 to $9.99.

      Then there's PSN Exclusives, which are all new, made for PSP DD only releases. Those go anywhere from $4.99 (Beats) to $19.99 (Ape Quest, an Ape Escape RPG). What's funny is that a lot of the PSN Exclusives are basically "mini" games. Beats and Super Stardust Portable are to PSP what Tap Tap Revenge and Isotope are to iPhone/touch.

  • http://appstoreblog.com.br Nick

    That's great news for both platforms. I hope they keep the same price tags.

  • beetle

    Hope apple will counter this by announcing an elite gaming section (20$ or more) that will bring in psp quality games

  • http://appstoreblog.com.br Nick

    That's great news for both platforms. I hope they keep the same price tags.

  • beetle

    Hope apple will counter this by announcing an elite gaming section (20$ or more) that will bring in psp quality games

  • Eric

    I wonder how the controls for Minigore will be implemented on the PSP. With only one analog stick the run and gun mechanic will be kind of sloppy at best.

  • Eric

    I wonder how the controls for Minigore will be implemented on the PSP. With only one analog stick the run and gun mechanic will be kind of sloppy at best.

  • Adams Immersive

    Hopefully the new PSP has a touchscreen. If not, then putting the best iPhone games on PSP will only showcase WHY those games are best on iPhone.

    • spiffyone

      If by "new PSP" you mean the PSP Go...then, no, it doesn't. Go is just a regular ol' PSP, same/similar hardware, but sans UMD drive and in a smaller form factor.

      If, however, you mean a possible PSP 2 (an actual next gen successor to the current PSP hardware), then...well...I don't think Sony will bring that one out for another year or two...or more.

      And you're right about the controls. Lack of multitouchscreen and accelerometer will hurt games that make it over to PSP's via PSN downloads (or DSi via DSiWare for that matter). That's why it's my usual response to those whining about lack of physical controls on this platform. After all, a lot of the games on iPhone/touch wouldn't translate well on DS or PSP because the latter two lack multitouch and motion sensing.

  • Adams Immersive

    Hopefully the new PSP has a touchscreen. If not, then putting the best iPhone games on PSP will only showcase WHY those games are best on iPhone.

    • spiffyone

      If by "new PSP" you mean the PSP Go...then, no, it doesn't. Go is just a regular ol' PSP, same/similar hardware, but sans UMD drive and in a smaller form factor.

      If, however, you mean a possible PSP 2 (an actual next gen successor to the current PSP hardware), then...well...I don't think Sony will bring that one out for another year or two...or more.

      And you're right about the controls. Lack of multitouchscreen and accelerometer will hurt games that make it over to PSP's via PSN downloads (or DSi via DSiWare for that matter). That's why it's my usual response to those whining about lack of physical controls on this platform. After all, a lot of the games on iPhone/touch wouldn't translate well on DS or PSP because the latter two lack multitouch and motion sensing.

  • wiesse

    What Sony does not get is that these titles don't mean anything. I love all three but the fact that we get 1-3 new games worth playing every week is what makes the iPhone such a great platform. Is Sony prepared to pull that many games over per week?

    • spiffyone

      No. The PSP platform is more open than it was beforehand, but it isn't as open to the extent of iPhone/touch. The SDK isn't free, and the review process is far, far more strict.

      I really don't understand Sony's strategy. I can understand going after these "lighter" developments, but in regards to PSP Go...it just doesn't make sense. They plan to market it to the type of users that go for mobile devices rather than portable game systems (hence the price), but Go is still just a PSP...a portable game system.

      Wouldn't it have been smarter of Sony to integrate their PSP line with their Walkman line? By which I mean making a Walkman with PSP tech, and in addition making a PSPphone if they really want to compete against Apple's iPhone/touch platform. That way they'd straddle two markets with one platform: portable game systems (PSP proper) and mobile (Walkman w/PSP tech, and a phone w/PSP tech). Such a strategy still would've attracted mobile developers.

      • antonioj

        Better, with Sony Ericsson smartphones...but they are too dumb for that...

      • spiffyone

        Yes...Sony Ericsson smartphones. Put PSP tech in one of those. Put PSP tech in the Walkman line. Then they'd have a direct competitor against iPhone with the PSP Sony Ericcson smartphone, and iPod touch with the PSP Walkman (so they'd be competing with the iPhone/touch platform as a whole with their PSP platform) . And they'd still directly compete with Nintendo's DS in the portable game system market. That makes infinitely more sense than what they're currently doing.

        I mean, someone just mentioned in a PS3 topic that the PS3, now $299, is only $50 more than what the PSP Go will launch at! That's insane.

  • wiesse

    What Sony does not get is that these titles don't mean anything. I love all three but the fact that we get 1-3 new games worth playing every week is what makes the iPhone such a great platform. Is Sony prepared to pull that many games over per week?

    • spiffyone

      No. The PSP platform is more open than it was beforehand, but it isn't as open to the extent of iPhone/touch. The SDK isn't free, and the review process is far, far more strict.

      I really don't understand Sony's strategy. I can understand going after these "lighter" developments, but in regards to PSP Go...it just doesn't make sense. They plan to market it to the type of users that go for mobile devices rather than portable game systems (hence the price), but Go is still just a PSP...a portable game system.

      Wouldn't it have been smarter of Sony to integrate their PSP line with their Walkman line? By which I mean making a Walkman with PSP tech, and in addition making a PSPphone if they really want to compete against Apple's iPhone/touch platform. That way they'd straddle two markets with one platform: portable game systems (PSP proper) and mobile (Walkman w/PSP tech, and a phone w/PSP tech). Such a strategy still would've attracted mobile developers.

      • antonioj

        Better, with Sony Ericsson smartphones...but they are too dumb for that...

      • spiffyone

        Yes...Sony Ericsson smartphones. Put PSP tech in one of those. Put PSP tech in the Walkman line. Then they'd have a direct competitor against iPhone with the PSP Sony Ericcson smartphone, and iPod touch with the PSP Walkman (so they'd be competing with the iPhone/touch platform as a whole with their PSP platform) . And they'd still directly compete with Nintendo's DS in the portable game system market. That makes infinitely more sense than what they're currently doing.

        I mean, someone just mentioned in a PS3 topic that the PS3, now $299, is only $50 more than what the PSP Go will launch at! That's insane.

  • Krispod

    Hey, what about the dsi??

  • Krispod

    Hey, what about the dsi??

  • BOWB4ZOD

    meh! lost interest in my PSP when they stopped making good games. Then I got my iPhone. THe PSP has a very very thick layer of dust.

  • BOWB4ZOD

    meh! lost interest in my PSP when they stopped making good games. Then I got my iPhone. THe PSP has a very very thick layer of dust.

  • ImNoSuperMan

    I seriously hope sony has that PSP Phone in the works. Otherwise they are gonna fail big time in portable gaming market.

  • ImNoSuperMan

    I seriously hope sony has that PSP Phone in the works. Otherwise they are gonna fail big time in portable gaming market.

  • WeirdingWay

    I love how Sony's answer to iPhone being a competitor is to just poach the developers. So now they'll have less time to make iPhone games because they are too busy porting current titles to PSP. Boo.

  • WeirdingWay

    I love how Sony's answer to iPhone being a competitor is to just poach the developers. So now they'll have less time to make iPhone games because they are too busy porting current titles to PSP. Boo.

  • Fokion

    Actually, Sony is just trying to accommodate the new "popcorn gaming" trend. It can't hurt, as developers have a new format to work on, doubling their chances at profits, while Sony gets a share of the "super-casual" pie. I won't be surprised if the minis start generating more income than Gran Turismo PSP, however.

  • Fokion

    Actually, Sony is just trying to accommodate the new "popcorn gaming" trend. It can't hurt, as developers have a new format to work on, doubling their chances at profits, while Sony gets a share of the "super-casual" pie. I won't be surprised if the minis start generating more income than Gran Turismo PSP, however.

  • E

    By stealing some of the most popular and best-selling iPhone games, Sony sure is acting like Microsoft more and more everyday. It's an act that screams desperation. I agree with everyone in that the PSP Go is...well...just another PSP (like we need another one). I enjoy my 2000 but why is there a 3000, a Go, and more than likely in the future, a PSP 2.0? Enough is enough!

  • E

    By stealing some of the most popular and best-selling iPhone games, Sony sure is acting like Microsoft more and more everyday. It's an act that screams desperation. I agree with everyone in that the PSP Go is...well...just another PSP (like we need another one). I enjoy my 2000 but why is there a 3000, a Go, and more than likely in the future, a PSP 2.0? Enough is enough!

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/ujnhunter Ujn Hunter

    As posted elsewhere: "So let me get this straight… They’re porting Minigore, a game that requires 2 analog “sticks”, to the PSP? Does anyone else see a problem with this?"

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/ujnhunter Ujn Hunter

    As posted elsewhere: "So let me get this straight… They’re porting Minigore, a game that requires 2 analog “sticks”, to the PSP? Does anyone else see a problem with this?"

  • Donovan

    Minigore will work horribly on the PSP but beautifully on the PS3!

  • Donovan

    Minigore will work horribly on the PSP but beautifully on the PS3!

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    Minigore will work horribly on the PSP but beautifully on the PS3! lolx i agree with this ..

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