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NGP Backwards Compatible With and Enhances Your PSP Games

Getting access to that second analog stick is going to be a godsend.

Kratos loves the second analog stick, too.

Hey, I'm a fan of the God of War games, but I have zero interest in playing the reportedly excellent PSP versions because of the gimped controls. Maybe I'll finally get around to them on my NGP, since Eurogamer is reporting the PSP successor will have full compatibility, with some perks, too.

In addition to simply running existing PSP games via software emulation, NGP enhances them by allowing access to the second analog stick. That'd be awful useful in God of War when Kratos needs to roll away or in Resistance: Retribution, when camera control is mapped to, er, buttons. Gross.

You'll also have the ability to upscale the visuals, too, which means they may even look better!

Between this and the PSP Remaster series, which I'm expecting we'll hear about at E3, Sony seems to be offering plenty of new ways to take another look at PSP's existing library.

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Posted by patrickklepek
Kratos loves the second analog stick, too.

Hey, I'm a fan of the God of War games, but I have zero interest in playing the reportedly excellent PSP versions because of the gimped controls. Maybe I'll finally get around to them on my NGP, since Eurogamer is reporting the PSP successor will have full compatibility, with some perks, too.

In addition to simply running existing PSP games via software emulation, NGP enhances them by allowing access to the second analog stick. That'd be awful useful in God of War when Kratos needs to roll away or in Resistance: Retribution, when camera control is mapped to, er, buttons. Gross.

You'll also have the ability to upscale the visuals, too, which means they may even look better!

Between this and the PSP Remaster series, which I'm expecting we'll hear about at E3, Sony seems to be offering plenty of new ways to take another look at PSP's existing library.

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Edited by Xtrminatr

nice
 
awesome got the quest. Hopefully they actually support this with all games and don't just release one janky way to give dual analogue support.

Posted by Mijati

Awesome to know

Posted by BrickRoad
@xtrminatr said:
nice
I agree. Games like MGSPO and PW will certainly become a lot more playable with the extra stick. Aiming with buttons is no fun.
Edited by cowdrunk

but will it help load times  
there are a few older games on the PSP that I only stoped playing because of multiple minet loads
Posted by mrfluke

very nice

Posted by Little_Socrates

Curious to find out how much effort it takes to implement the second stick with older games, and if all games will have second stick functionality.

Posted by CrackedOnyx

I bought my PSP for the RPGs, but after my initial struggle with MGS: Peace Walker's control scheme, I can understand why the second control stick is a godsend for so many players.  That back touchpad still sounds wonky, though.

Posted by Danteveli

Probably only for first generation and then no compatibility. We will have to buy them all again. Like always.

Posted by MordeaniisChaos

Damn. I think I'll have to pick one up when I get a chance.

Posted by MildMolasses

Don't the GoW games have a fixed camera anyway? How does this make a difference?
Posted by theQman121

Knowing this makes me actually a little interested in the NGP. Being able to keep my current games and maybe soften the price by selling my PSP makes this possibly affordable.

Edited by HatKing

The more I hear the more I think this thing beats the 3DS.  

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Posted by Erik

Wow, I might actually get one. This will be great for playing Syphon Filter and similar games.

Posted by skrutop
@Little_Socrates said:
Curious to find out how much effort it takes to implement the second stick with older games, and if all games will have second stick functionality.
I'm curious about this as well.  Will we only see this for the bigger titles, like God of War?
Edited by Underachiever007
@MildMolasses said:

Don't the GoW games have a fixed camera anyway? How does this make a difference?

The second stick is for dodging.
Posted by SpudBug

I guess that's nice but with them abandoning the UMD format I'm simply not interested in re-buying these games digitally unless the prices are below the $10 mark. 
  
They surely will not be, however.

Posted by Cubroso

So... What about my UMDs? 
  
I'd like some clarification over how it'll be backwards compatible and with what. It seems like it'll just be software downloaded from the PlayStation Store, which would be ultra lame.

Posted by teekomeeko
@MildMolasses said:
Don't the GoW games have a fixed camera anyway? How does this make a difference?
Yeah, the PSP games were perfectly fine for controls, better than even the great Sony Bend shooters like Resistance: Retribution (which Patrick took an easy swipe at, but whatever). The rolling was even better to me, because instead of using a pointless second analog for it, you could just quickly tap the shoulder buttons and move away from incoming damage. Well-designed controls for a handheld action game.
Posted by AhmadMetallic

That's awesome 

Posted by RE_Player1
I can't wait to play Persona 3 and 2 on that sexy ass screen.
Posted by MysteriousBob

What the hell is Patrick talking about? The 'gimped' controls were actually superior to a right stick. Dodging didn't require you to completely shift your hand away from the face buttons.
 
Stupid example. Do your research before making such claims.

Posted by CosmicQueso

Wow, I actually think GoW plays much better on the PSP than the PS3 versions.  To each their own...

Posted by MisterMouse

awesomeness! that is good news for this upcoming device at least.

Posted by SleepyDoughnut

Well thats pretty nifty. But weren't God of War games rated so highly on the PSP because they had a fixed camera so there wasn't a need for a second analog control? Seems like a pretty weak reason to not play them Patrick.

Edited by BLipp18

omg thats awesome!.....wait, i bought all those games on UMD, so..............great, glad to see they are still supporting the people who bought all those games on UMD again 
 
edit: also patrick, comeon, the GoW games on PSP didnt have gimped controls. the L button being hold to block, and move stick while holding L to dodge worked perfectly, and missing L2 and R2 buttons didnt really detract from the game

Posted by m0rdr3d

So, are there gonna be software updates for second stick camera control upgrades?  Simply mapping what the face buttons do to an analog stick doesn't sound like a fix.

Posted by FesteringNeon

FUCK. I'm selling my PSPGOTOHELL immediately.

Posted by Toxin066

YES. This is great news. Sort of. I love the idea of backwards compatibility so that old stuff isn't rendered completely vestigial. Here's the kicker though - I don't own any PSP software. 
 
But I am happy Sony decided to do this.

Posted by Sticky_Pennies

Now I'm especially glad I didn't buy a PSP. This means I'll be playing Valkyria Chronicles 2 & 3 after all!

Edited by Seppli

Warming up to the PS Vita. Can't wait to reach around and give it a good rub.
 
You'd like that! Don't you?

Posted by Infininja

I don't know why I have a problem with "awful" being used instead of "awfully," but "that'd" is a-ok.

Posted by dagas

People have bought any PSP games?

Posted by RandomInternetUser

So, wait.  I'm confused - is it only backwards compatible with games available for download or does it have a slot for UMDs or whatever?
 
Either way, great news.  Glad they decided to include it.

Posted by Surkov

A second analog stick might make Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops playable. 

Posted by NTM

The Syphon Filter games. Those needed it.

Posted by HadesTimes

Well, at least this device proves that Sony actually realizes that the one analog stick thing was stupid.

Posted by CosmicQueso
@xobballox: It's only compatible with stuff from the PSN Store. 
 
So all you peoples that pointed and laughed at us PSP Go fans and our digital only hullaballoo, well guess who's getting pointed at and laughed at now!  Awwww yeah I can play my PSN downloaded copy of Justice League Heroes on my NGP!!! 
 
Erm.  Wait.  Who the hell would want to do that.  Nevermind.
Posted by OmegaChosen

Birth by Sleep with a second stick. I want it.

Posted by phish09

I take it that doesn't include the UMD games, which probably accounts for almost 100% of PSP games legitimately sold.  

Posted by StriderNo9

That is great news, I have that game a slew of others. I never finished GOW on the PSP for similar reasons.

Posted by JJOR64

Now we can play PSP games the way they were meant to be played.  And it only took 7 years.

Posted by hagridore

I found that both GOW and Resistance on the PSP have controls that made up for missing a stick. How Retribution works may not be for everyone, but both GOWs are intuitive.

Posted by Firelogic

The PSP GoW games do not have gimped controls. You can't be that crippled that you're not able to hold down a shoulder button and then use the nub to roll. The shoulder button which happens to be the block button to begin with.

Posted by RobertOrri
Since there was never a standard for designing PSP game controls around the lack of a second analog stick, I'm not expecting the disc-based games to support this. Too much work. You will probably have to buy them again from PSN.
Edited by RastaDon

Saying that the God of War PSP games have gimped controls is just silly. 
 
The PSP games that had control issues are the ones that required a second analogue stick for camera control which doesn't apply to any God of War game. 
 
Being able to play the God of War games on the NGP really won't make any difference.

Edited by TadThuggish

Except that the right stick will be used to map buttons on to.  If a game used the L and R buttons for left-right camera control, using a second thumbstick wouldn't give you full access, because that would be something foreign to the original product.  Instead, you could only use the left-right function of the analog control and not the entire thumbstick.
 
Misleading article is misleading.

Posted by alternate

So you have to re-buy digital versions I take it - since it doesn't have a UMD slot.

Posted by Sooty

The God of War PSP games controlled perfectly fine. No idea why you are calling them gimped.

Posted by Kurod

Thank goodness. I've been wanting a second stick for Monster Hunter since day one. Down with the claw!

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