PlayStation Store has 1.3 million users worldwide, who made 3.7 million downloads. Firmware 1.7 enables you to play PS1 games on PS3 in May and rumble support for PS1 & PS2 controllers on PS3 via USB
Dave Karraker, Sony Computer Entertainment America’s senior director of PR, announced that the PlayStation Network now has more than 1.3 million users worldwide. Of those users, 600,000 are in North America, where Sony has shipped over 2 million consoles. Worldwide 3.7 million content items have been downloaded, but how many were games is unknown. By comparison the Xbox 360 has 6 million subscribers on it’s Xbox Live service, where 25 million games have been downloaded so far from the Marketplace.
Sony has recently upgraded the console’s firmware to version 1.7. Aside from tweaks, three big changes are that:
1. The update allows PS1 games downloaded from the PlayStation Store to be played on the PS3 console. These games like Syphon Filter, Tekken 2 and Crash Bandicoot, were only playable on the PSP, but will be upgraded “sometime in May” to allow play on the PS3. Previously downloaded original PlayStation games will be retroactively upgraded for use on the PS3.
2. It allows users to save any PS1, PS2, or PS3 game onto the PSP‘s memory stick.
3. While the PS3’s Sixaxis controller has no rumble, the update adds rumble support for “USB accessories designed for use with PlayStation 2 format software.” Gamespot adds that despite there being no port to connect the PS2’s Dual Shock controller on the PS3, you can still buy PS2 to PS3 controller USB converters that should make your PS1 and PS2 games rumble.