Screenshots of the PSOne emulation for PSP

Written by Wil Harris

April 6, 2006 | 09:14

Tags: #download #emulation #final-fantasy #gran-turismo #memory-stick #metal-gear-solid #psone #psp #screenshots

New screenshots purport to show the interface for downloading PSOne games from Sony onto the PSP console.

The ability to play old PSOne games downloaded from the official Sony service was announced a couple of weeks ago, but these screenshots show the first details of the service. Games will be stored on the console's Memory Stick - assuming you have one big enough.

Game downloads look like they will cost $15 a time, which is high, but perhaps not unreasonable - especially given the lack of quality content on the PSP beyond a few A+ titles. On the list is Gran Turismo 2, the original Metal Gear Solid as well as - and this is awesome, if true - Final Fantasy VII.

Are the screens authentic? We're not 100% sure, but they look to be. A play with the contrast and brightness settings on the originals seems to show that the screen really is coming from a PSP console, despite the apparent black around the edges. Of course, this could just be a hacked console displaying a hacked interface, but it's very well done if so.

Users of homebrew PSP firmware will argue that emulation on the PSP is hardly anything new, but bringing it to the mainstream is. We suspect that Sony are hoping that downloading old games to play on new hardware will be as much of a hit for the PSP as it is proving to be for Microsoft's Xbox 360.

You can check out the screenshots for yourself here.

Would you sit through FFVII on the PSP? Or are you happy with your SNES emulator on hacked hardware? Let us know what you reckon to Sony's move over in the forums.
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