While the service launched in Japan
today, and the PSP's firmware has been updated
, we're still waiting for the nascent PSone download service to be available to Western gamers. Yeah, you'll need a PS3 to get those games to your PSP. Yeah, we know they're sort of hard to come by. But we're still bristling with anticipation! Sony isn't talking about release dates yet, but they are talking prices. Downloadable PSone games will be available for $5.99 to $10.99; a little bit more than Japan's $4.50, but an incredible value compared to some of Nintendo or Microsoft's digitally distributed offerings.
Before we get all upset about the bizarre PS3 interoperability -- the games need to be downloaded on the PS3 but aren't playable on it -- remember they're still working
on making the games playable on the PS3. Whether or not we'll be able to download games directly onto our PSPs without the need of a PS3 (although we like the idea of using the home console as a storage point) remains to be seen. For now, we'll take whatever they've got ready!