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Digital Comics coming to PSP, PS3

Digital Comics coming to PSP, PS3

The Digital Reader will launch with a focus on comics, but may expand to include much more.

GamesCom 2009: One of the more unexpected (and overshadowed) announcements in Sony’s press conference in Cologne this year was that a new Digital Comics service would be headed to the PlayStation 3 and PSP in the near future as part of Sony’s attempt to broaden the appeal of its machines.

The Digital Reader system (and yes, that's the official name) will launch with hundreds of other comics available, with dozens of new titles being added every month according to the Sony exec who made the announcement.

Announced partners for the system included the heavyweight Marvel Comics, who confirmed that Spiderman, Iron Man, The Hulk and Captain America (we thought he was dead?) would all make a show. Smaller publishers partnered with Sony included iVerse Media, who’ll be bringing Star Trek and Transformers comics to the PSP and PS3, just as they did to the iPhone. No mention at all was made of DC Comics.

As well as a splendid selection of graphic novels from all territories, including Japanese manga by the looks of things, Sony seemed to be putting the emphasis on smaller publishers – a theme which ran through the press conference, come to think of it. What exactly Sony meant by “local publishers” wasn’t exactly clarified though – do the mean the graffiti drawn by the kid at the end of my street? Probably not.

Marvel especially seemed ready to put a lot of faith into the new Digital Comics platform, despite having been conspicuously absent from the iPhone AppStore so far and focusing on pushing its own digital comics platform.

This could be our most significant platform yet,” said a Marvel CEO who took to the stage at one point.

Would you buy comics for your PSP? Let us know your thoughts in the forums.

More on Sony at GamesCom 2009: PS3 Slim, PlayStation AppStore announced, Get Gran Turismo PSP for free.

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liratheal 19th August 2009, 09:08 Quote
No DC no sale for me.
iwog 19th August 2009, 09:08 Quote
If I had a PSP I would think about it, and it doesnt matter too much that DC are missing as Marvel are superior.
Matticus 19th August 2009, 09:31 Quote
Never really been a fan of comics, but this could be pretty interesting.

Has anyone else noticed that it seems to be "sony week" in the news?
iwog 19th August 2009, 09:33 Quote
I think the Sony News week has something to do with their press conference in Cologne this week, but its just a hunch.
[PUNK] crompers 19th August 2009, 10:48 Quote
captain america is dead! they're probably going to do the back catalogue first i would imagine. Civil war will definiately be released imo. im intrigued tbh, would be great to see something like civil war which uses very modern methods of printing on a 50" telly. could look amazing in fact
p3n 19th August 2009, 11:07 Quote
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Originally Posted by crompers
captain america is dead! they're probably going to do the back catalogue first i would imagine. Civil war will definiately be released imo. im intrigued tbh, would be great to see something like civil war which uses very modern methods of printing on a 50" telly. could look amazing in fact

Stuck in another dimension or something actually :) ...
[PUNK] crompers 19th August 2009, 11:09 Quote
ah ofc i'd forgotten that. ages since i read the death of cap am. must dig out my hard back when i get home.....
wgy 19th August 2009, 14:34 Quote
you guys not read anything post civil war then i imagine??
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