John Smedley, president of Sony Online Entertainment, talked about the future of the PSP at his keynote at the New York Games Conference. He thinks Massively Multiplayer Online (MMO) games would be a good match for the handheld.
To quote: “I think PSP is something that we’re definitely looking at; 34 million [sold] worldwide really opens your eyes, and they’re all connected. We started to get very interested in [the PSP] when we switched over from Sony Pictures to Sony Computer Entertainment back in April. And as we’ve kind of got our heads up looking around the world within Sony Computer Entertainment, we’re really starting to see a big push for PSP. We think it’s a world-class device… In the future, we see full MMOs that are designed for the PSP.
Maybe one way to do it: In Free Realms [in development for the PC and PS3], you could have a pet-training system that literally connects to our online gaming where you can mess around with your pet. Another way to do it might be to give them mini-games that they can do [on the PSP] when sitting at a bus stop [to level up their character from the main game on-the-go].”