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Sony announces PSP Remaster line for PS3

Monster Hunter Freedom 3 receives HD upgrade and 3D support

A new range of HD updates for key PSP titles on the PlayStation 3 has been announced in Japan, although the only game so far confirmed is Capcom's Monster Hunter Freedom 3.

The PSP Remaster series is conceptually similar to the existing HD Classics line on PlayStation 2, with PSP titles being upgraded to high definition and receiving improvements to the complexity of key character models and textures.

Monster Hunter Portable 3rd HD Ver. will be launched as a standard retail release in Japan, with Sony implying that it also has plans to release the PSP Remaster line in the West.

Capcom's game will also feature compatibility with PlayStation 3 controllers, include new "add-on content" and support for stereoscopic 3D. Saved data from the original PSP version will also be compatible with the new PlayStation 3 game.

Online play for the game will also be supported via the existing adhoc party for PlayStation Portable software on PlayStation 3. Sony has indicated that not all games in the line will necessary enjoy all these options as standard.

Although Sony has not confirmed any additional titles for the PSP Remaster line, games in the HD Classics range have included first party titles such as God of War and Sly Racoon, as well as third party franchises including Prince of Persia and Tomb Raider.

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David Jenkins