There's been no good reason that PSP users have had to download content through a PC or PS3 when the system can connect to Wi-Fi networks just fine on its own. Now Sony has revealed that a PSP Wi-Fi store is indeed in the works and slated to arrive in a firmware update this fall (confirmed for Japan only, we believe, but surely coming to the US as well). Ironically, when Sony is finally letting the PSP run free, they'll also be offering a new reason to connect the device to a PS3.A supported infrastructure mode will bring new functions to ad hoc PSP games by playing them through the PS3. Assumably using the PS3 as a dedicated multuplayer server, options like voice and text chat will become available through the console, along with (improved?) online matchmaking. Hopefully, by exploiting the PS3's backbone, the PSP will be able to perform some neat tricks beyond the stuff we've already seen before. [IGN via PSPFanboy]
I like the available features on the PSP now in conjunction with it's big brother (PS3), but I'd like to see the connectivity go both ways, for example, I'd like to play my PSP games thropugh my PS3 when I am at home, I do'nt see any reason the PS3 can not be configured to emulate the PSP, also this would allow PSP downloads performed on PS3 to be tried out before the transfer and eventual deletion from the PSP. I know I can plug my PSP into the TV but I dont want to sit that clost to the TV and it has Wi-Fi so why should I have to? And why cant we use the PSP as a sub-controller in certain games? Maybe my buddy could use it to blast people from inside the (multiplayer) car on GTA 4 (usin his own PSP view) via remote play type interaction between the two. I have heard it is possible to use the PSP as a rear view mirror in that Formula 1 game, and I think that this is exactly the sort of multi-use application that these systems are screaming for.