Sony opens up PSP game store for the PC

Sony debuted Tuesday a PC version of its PlayStation Store, aimed at replacing the old download service for the PlayStation Portable.

Users of the former service will need to transition to the new service by the end of January. Instructions will be given to users on how to use the PlayStation Store and transfer their purchased content.

The look is similar to that of the store launched for the PS3. Content can be transferred from the PC to the device in two ways. The user can download content to a Memory Stick and then to the PSP, or content can be transferred to the device via a USB cable and Sony's download manager.

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"The new PlayStation Store for the PC marks the first time that we've made the PlayStation Network accessible to the millions of PSP owners who don't own a PS3," PS Network chief Eric Lempel said.

At launch, the site includes two games, Syphon Filter: Combat Ops and Wipeout Pure. In addition, it will include 15 original PlayStation games, two demos, five themes, nine wallpapers, and about a dozen various videos.

Demos and trailers are available at no cost, however full games will be offered at $9.99, while classic PSone games cost $5.99. The service has launched in a total of 25 countries.

Sony says it will update the store at the same time it updates the PS3 version. Anyone can browse the service for free, although an account with the PlayStation Network is required to purchase content.

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