Naturally, the PSP2 is highly likely to run off the very same PlayStation Network Store as the current PlayStation Portable (and, indeed, the PS3) although with, we assume, a separate top-level category for the new device. Backwards compatibility is almost a given, we’re hoping, and whilst we’re not expecting any fancy new trickery to be part of the deal when playing older games like Ghost of Sparta, it wouldn’t be unexpected to be able to work through Kratos’ latest adventure on the PSP2.
But that just answers the easy question: games will be delivered via the PSN, but what about physical media?
With reports surfacing overnight and this morning that the PSP2 will also feature the ability to play games that aren’t just bought on the store, we’re pretty safe suggesting that the rather ill-fated UMD format is out of the window, replaced with, we’re guessing, a memory card format – presumably SD cards, or one of Sony’s own proprietary formats like the PSPgo can use.
Thus, whilst we’re more than happy downloading games from the Store, we’re also expecting to be able to walk into GAME and pick up a little card with a cute picture on too.
Let’s hope Sony reveal all soon, and it’s all good when they do.