Here's a hypothetical situation for you: you own a Full HD, 60in Pioneer Kuro PSP-LX608D, a kick-arse set ofFerguson Hill speakers, a PlayStation 3 and a PSP and you fancy watching a film, do you a) use your preposterously good home cinema setup to enjoy Casino Royale the way it was meant to be or do you b) sit in a huff wishing there was some way you could enjoy your Blu-ray titles on your PSP before going to bed? Well, if Sony is to be believed, option ‘b' may be more applicable than one might immediately think - bizarre no?
I'm a reasonable enough chap to concede there are times when being able to watch film on-the-go might seem attractive, and certainly not having to purchase a UMD version of a title in addition to the Blu-ray copy has merit. It isn't just the PSP that will be able to play the (considerably) downscaled titles either; the re-encoded file will be transferrable to a memory stick to be played on a number of mobile devices. Presumably these files will have DRM up to the eyeballs so the range of players capable of, um, playing the videos may be limited, but at least it isn't a PlayStation-only feature.
However, apparently the new feature will only be available to owners of the newer PSP Lite. It may be easy to take snide jabs at this latest addition to Sony's no-longer-so-ailing console, but as I continue to say: the more features any device gets added to it for free post-release the better. By that mantra, I suppose I should admit that I am rather intrigues and impressed by the principle, if not the practice. Now can Sony please hurry up and launch PlayStation Home so the console really does have damn-near everything?