The servers for eight games in the SOCOM series will be shut down 31st August, 2012.
Sony is repackaging a number of first party PSP titles in the US at a budget price point.
As detailed on the PlayStation Blog, a range of Dual Packs go on sale this week for $14.99 (£9.40) a pop.
You can pick up Secret Agent Clank and Daxter; Syphon Filter: Loganís Shadow and Killzone Liberation; and Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror and SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs: Fireteam Bravo.
"SOCOM," my new drunken American friend confided after I'd asked him why everyone seemed to love it so much over in the States, "ish the peak of going-around-killing-people on the Internet."
"With a PS2," he added, at which point I nodded rather unconvincingly. "But obviously we love running around shooting people so much here that we don't notice certain things. Like the graphics. Or the controls." Or that woman's foot, I pointed out, as circumstance quickly overtook the subject.
I'm not sure whether it's my British-stiff-upper-lip-wot-wot conservatism or my many years of playing Counter-Strike with a highly organised band of ruthless killers (a loudly organised band of ruthless killers, more like - I once had the volume up so loud on Roger Wilco I had "RUN WITH THE F***ING KNIFE" bouncing around my head for the best part of a week), but I've never quite gotten on board with SOCOM. I admire it because it's the closest anyone's come to doing something like Counter-Strike on a Sony system (Tom Clancy winning the Xbox battle on about fourteen fronts, naturally). But I never seem to have as much fun with it as I do anything on the PC, and I loathe Sony's tortured online service.
As the Japanese giant finalises plans for the launch of its next-generation PS3 console, Sony continues to expand its exclusive developer group with the acquisition of SOCOM: US Navy SEALs creator, Zipper Interactive.
Observant types testing early builds of SOCOM: US Navy SEALs Fire Team Bravo for PSP have noted a headset icon on the game's HUD, suggesting that we'll be able to buy a headset and partake in voice comms when the game's finally released.
Sony has revealed fresh information about the PlayStation Portable version of military shooter, SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Fireteam Bravo.