PSP Remaster Series Announced: Play PSP Games On PlayStation 3 With HD Graphics And Stereoscopic 3D Support! [UPDATE: Video added]

Sony unveiled today a new line of PlayStation 3 Blu-Ray games labeled “PSP Remaster” which are PSP games re-engeneered to feature HD graphics, Sixaxis/DualShock 3 support, cross-platform compatibility of save files and (possibly) stereoscopic 3D support, Ad-hoc Party support (for cross-platform multiplayer) and “new add-on content”.
The first title to be re-published under the new label will be Monster Hunter Portable 3rd by Capcom, which is expected to reach the Japanese store shelves this Summer for a yet unknown price. 
Below is a screenshot of the “HD Ver.”

No time frame has been given for the debut of the PSP Remaster label in the Western markets, but it’s coming (expect more news at E3), and going by some rumors circulating a few weeks ago, remastered versions of the two God of War games developed by Ready at Dawn for PSP might be part of the initial line-up.

Going by the press release (see below), stereoscopic 3D support will “depend by titles” and it is not clear whether Monster Hunter Portable 3rd HD Ver. will be among those or not. [UPDATE] Yep, Monster Hunter Portable 3rd HD Ver. will support stereoscopic 3D. Proof below courtesy of Famitsu.

As for Trophy support, the press release doesn’t mention it at all, so it’s either considered to be a given based on the notion that all Blu-Ray PS3 releases are to include trophies, or it’s not planned at all. We shall see. 

Tokyo, May 22, 2011– Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) today announced that a new “PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) Remaster” title series, PSP titles customized and developed specifically for the PS3 computer entertainment system, will become available as Blue (sic) ray Disc™ games starting in the Japanese market.
“PSP Remaster” titles will deliver rich and immersive gaming experience on the PS3 system through stunning high-definition graphics as well as through additional new features for these titles, such as operability on the PS3 Wireless Controller (SIXAXIS® and DUALSHOCK®3), new add-on content or stereoscopic 3D support*1. Users will also be able to utilize the same save data from the original PSP game for the “PSP Remaster” version and enjoy the game on the go with the PSP system and continue the game at home on a large TV screen using PS3. Ad-hoc mode gameplay will also be supported through “adhoc party for PlayStation Portable” application on the PS3 system*2.
For Japan, the first “PSP Remaster” title to be introduced will be Monster Hunter Portable 3rd HD Ver. from Capcom Co., Ltd. Monster Hunter Portable 3rd for the PSP system is the latest installment of the blockbuster Monster Hunter franchise, which has alone shipped over 4.5 million units in Japan since its release in December 2010. The graphics of the PS3 version, including monsters, fields, equipment, as well as Felyne Comrades, are more gorgeous and vibrant than ever, and will deliver dynamic gameplay when played on the large TV screens. SCE, with strong support from software developers and publishers, will deploy various measures to enhance the software title line-up for the PS3 system.
SCE will continue to further expand the PS3 platform and create a new world of computer entertainment with innovative and exciting new titles.

*1 What content will be supported will depend by titles.

*2 Not all titles will be supported. Some software title will not function properly depending on the user’s network status and or the software feature. The application is not supported on 20GB model (CECHB00) which does not support Wi-Fi feature.

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