Sony Online: Future could bring ‘full MMOs that are designed for the PSP’

Speaking to MTV Multiplayer, Sony Online Entertainment president John Smedley has revealed the possibility of massively multiplayer online games for the PlayStation Portable. 

“We think it’s a world-class device,” he said, “In the future, we see full MMOs that are designed for the PSP.”

Smedley cites the 34 million units sold and the worldwide connectivity as a reason why MMOs on the handheld would be a no-brainer. But in a case of walking before they run, he sees the opportunity for integration with existing MMOs before launching a full-on title. He gives examples, including using it to train pets for a game like Free Realms, or a leveling up mini-game that you can play on the go. 

Considering the type of addictive behavior we see linked to MMOs tethered to homes, the idea of an MMO-on-the-Go is almost frightening. But at the same time, if it gets people out of the house, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. 

Would you play an MMO on the PSP? 

Nick Chester