PSP to PS3 Connectivity – So much more than just Remote Play

21 06 2009

by Wayne Shayler

ps3-pspI must be one of the only people never to have played Final Fantasy VII, so when Sony announced that it would be coming to the Playstation Store, I knew I would be an early adopter.

My initial response was to download it to my PS3, then play remotely on my PSP whenever the TV was in use.  A ‘Win Win’ situation if you will.  The fact is, I hadn’t entirely thought it through.  I had no idea how great a game Final Fantasy VII really is, even after twelve years, and how much I would become absorbed in the world and the characters.  I’m sure anyone who has played it will lay testament to that.

My ‘Win Win’ situation suddenly turned into a big fat ‘LOSE’.

What if I want to play FFVII when I’m not tethered to a wireless internet connection?

There was only one thing for it.  I would have to pay another £7.99 and download the game directly onto the PSP.

Luckily, the good men and women at Sony are already one step ahead of me, and boy, have they got this one right…


After logging into my PSN account on my PSP, I realised that I had already paid for it once.  I could download it effectively for free, because the rights were tied into my account, not to my PS3.  Absolute genius, and the way that ‘Steam’, ‘Xbox Live’ and ‘iTunes’ work.  Sony are always being touted as the ‘poor cousin’ when it comes to their online department, but they’re rapidly taking steps to catch up, and must be applauded when they do so.

So now I have the game on my PS3 and PSP, but my save game file resides on my PS3 hard drive.  Would I have to start the game from the beginning, or could it really be as simple as plugging my PSP into the PS3 via USB and transferring the save file across?

Ten hours in, and I can understand why this game is so highly regarded.

Now I can understand why this game is so highly regarded.

Yep, more excellent work from the chaps at Sony.  Seconds after connecting the two devices via cable, I had the seven hour save file on my PSP.  I couldn’t believe how easy it was.

I can now play FFVII, wherever my legs (and battery) take me, and having just left Midgar, I feel like the journey is only just beginning.

Sony, I salute you.




4 responses

21 06 2009

lol, there was no need to download the game with your PSP. If you connected it to your PS3 and just selected the game and chose ‘copy’, it would copy it straight to your PSP, and the same with your save file. That functionality has always been there for PSone games, especially since originally, downloaded PSone games couldn’t actually be played on the PS3, and had to be transferred to the PSP. Thankfully they sorted out that little situation.

21 06 2009
Wayne Shayler

Nice, so it was even easier than I first thought! I knew I should have asked you Phizzy.

I think that just highlights the bad job that Sony are doing in promoting all the excellent work that they are doing behind the scenes. Hopefully this post may go some way to getting the message out to a few more people!! 🙂

21 06 2009

I agree entirely, Sony have always been seen as the third rate cousin when it comes to media distribution, and in this instance they have it so right. They’ve annoyed their users in the past (please take a bow SonicStage) but this is a definite step in the right direction. No matter what your thoughts on the discussion on downloadable content, the right to share it between platforms is a feature that I wish other companies would implement. As always, a great article.

25 06 2009
Deadman XIII

You’re not the only FFVII noob at Midlife Gamer, I’ve had it sitting on my shelf for about 6 years. Finally playing it was a weird experiance and i’m left unsure wether i actually enjoyed it. I have never played a JRPG other than an odd 15mins here and there and decided to dedicate a bit of time to FFVII as it is generally regarded as one of the best. I was suprised at first, i expected orchestral score, voice acting and super high production values and got a game very much rooted in classic 16bit era role playing. I’m now one hour in and have seen flashes of genious. The commuter on the train breaking the 4th wall, addressing the player with a great “This is why i never get the last train” and getting a genuine laugh out loud moment out of me. I fear however, that i’m going to struggle with materia management and infrequent checkpoints.

As for Remote Play, while perfectly suited for the likes of FFVII, i found games like Tekken 3 suffered quite badly with lag. I hope this is not the same for every PS1 i play through it, and wonder if its present in downloaded titles.

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