Each title will sell for $5.99 USD, and can be accessed through the PlayStation 3 console. From there, the user will need to connect his or her PSP to transfer the emulated game. Plans call for games to be added on a regular basis.
The first games include Cool Borders, Crash Bandicoot, Hot Shots Golf 2, Syphon Filter, and Tekken 2. A second batch of titles will be released closer to the Holidays, Sony said.
Right now, the classic games range in size from about 150MB to 535MB, and will be playable on up to five different PSPs before locking. Thus, families or gamers with multiple units would not need to purchase multiple copies.
"Downloadable PlayStation emulated games on the PSP is just the beginning, but it underscores our vision for leveraging the wide breadth of content that's available from the PlayStation brand, and delivers value to gamers well beyond the initial purchase of their PS3 and PSP," said Peter Dille, senior vice-president product marketing of SCEA.
In addition, the download service will also eventually carry titles that can be played on the PS3, the company said.