Sony to release remastered PSP games to PS3 in Japan

After all the bad news over at Sony in the last month due to the Playstation Network shutdown, it's nice to hear some good news for a change from the Playstation side of things. Today Sony announced plans to re-release a number of games from its PSP portable console to its big Playstation 3 console. These games will apparently not just be straight port projects but will have new features and revamped graphics. The games will be released as retail Blu Ray-based games for the Japanese market. There's no word if this effort will reach US shores.

According to the press release the remastered PSP games will add support for things like the PS3's SIXAXIS controller along with "new add-on content or stereoscopic 3D support". In addition if players still own the original PSP game they will be able to use the same save games on the remastered PS3 version.

The first PSP game to get the PS3 remastered treatment in Japan is one that already has a huge fan base in that country: Monster Hunter Portable 3rd HD Ver. This will be a revamped version of the fantasy action game series from developer and publisher Capcom. The PSP version of the game has already sold 4.5 million copies in that country since being released in December 2010. The PS3 remastered version will have updated graphics and other new features. The press release does not give any info on when Monster Hunter Portable 3rd HD Ver. will be released in Japan.

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