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Could full-on, traditional MMO games play a part in the future of Sony's PSP? Speaking with MTV Multiplayer at the New York Games Conference on Friday, Sony Online Entertainment president John Smedley expressed great interest in the PSP as a MMO-delivery device.

“We started to get very interested in [the PSP] when we switched over from Sony Pictures to Sony Computer Entertainment back in April,” he explained. “And as we’ve kind of got our heads up looking around the world within Sony Computer Entertainment, we’re really starting to see a big push for PSP. We think it’s a world-class device… In the future, we see full MMOs that are designed for the PSP.”


While we wait for a full MMO on the handheld, Mr. Smedley tossed out a couple ideas for integrating the PSP into existing games, including a virtual pet that ties in with a pet in the family-friendly MMO Free Realms, or mini-games that let you level up your character offline. Great ideas both, really. I love my PSP, but it isn't exactly burning up the handheld market right now. Fresh ideas and unique applications are very welcome indeed. Sony Online Considering MMOs On PSP [MTV Multiplayer]

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This is actually an idea friends of mine and I have thrown around recently. Treat the PSP like a VMU for the Dreamcast and you have a golden idea. Don't use the device to log into the servers and play the regular game, rather use it as a mini-game/seperate mission device.

Think about it. You do specific, adventure game style missions gaining gear/gold/experience while you are on the go. You get home, connect your PSP to your computer, and the gear/gold/experience you had earned are downloaded to the server and applied to your character.

I for one would love this idea because my work takes me to remote areas of the desert where either A) the internet signal is not very strong, or 2) WoW is blocked by the provider. If I were able to level my toon, outside of the game, I would feel that I'm not being completely left behind by my guildmates, and would be more active when I were able to log back into the servers.

Bring it on Sony!