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Sony PlayStation PortableSony has jumped into the "buy old favorite games through our download service" pool by making a handful of PlayStation 1 games available for play on the PlayStation Portable via emulation.  I think this is a great idea, as the only thing better than being able to download old favorites is to download old favorites for play on the go.  Of course, there's a catch.  In order for the PSP to play those PS1 games you'll have to download them via your PlayStation 3.  Yup, the PS3 is the bridge between PS1 classics and PSP portable goodness.  AMN has the list of available launch titles, all of which cost between approximately $6 and $8.

I'm having trouble getting past the fact that a PS3 is required to make this all happen.  Why not allow gamers to download the games via PC or direct to the PSP from Sony's online store?  There must be an explanation for this beyond "Sony wants people to buy a PS3", but I just can't figure it out.  And moreover, why can't the PS3 play those downloaded games instead of merely serving as a link between the PS1 games and the PSP hardware?  GameDaily BIZ reports that these capabilities will be available in the future, but why the delay?  If any of you out there can throw me a bone and explain the technical reasons behind these temporary restrictions, I'd appreciate it.

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