Sony is remastering select PlayStation Portable games for release in high definition on PlayStation 3.
These Blu-ray disc games come with bonus content and in some cases stereoscopic 3D visuals.
The first game to get the PSP Remaster treatment is action role-playing game Monster Hunter Portable 3rd, due out in Japan in the summer. A trailer is below.
"The graphics of the PS3 version, including monsters, fields, equipment, as well as Felyne Comrades, are more gorgeous and vibrant than ever, and will deliver dynamic gameplay when played on the large TV screens," Sony said in a press release. "SCE, with strong support from software developers and publishers, will deploy various measures to enhance the software title line-up for the PS3 system."
PSP Remasters are playable on both the PSP and PS3, and save files on either system are transferable, meaning you'll be able to continue your PS3 experience on the go on your PSP – a hint at things to come on Next Generation Portable?
We're promised bonus content and, thankfully, you'll be able to play the PS3 games online through the PSP ad hoc system.
At the time of writing the PSP Remasters Series has been announced for Japan only, but E3 is just around the corner.
Capcom asks western gamers if they want Monster Hunter on PS3.
What could come next? PSP game Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker, which launched on PSP last year, has been suggested by fans as ripe for the remastered treatment. And what about the Ready at Dawn God of War games, Chains of Olympus and Ghost of Sparta?