PSP Digital Comics store goes live

Hundreds of Marvel, Disney, and IDW comics from Spider-Man to Star Trek hit PlayStation Network; most issues cost $1.99.

The PSP already plays games and movies, but Sony has added something a little more static to its repertoire of entertainment media. The company today launched its PlayStation Network Digital Comics service, allowing PSP owners in the US to download hundreds of issues on their handheld gaming hardware.

Comic books in a convenient portable format? FINALLY.

The launch lineup of comics includes "approximately 550" issues pulled from companies like Marvel, Disney, and IDW Publishing, with more to be added every week. The titles included range from Archie & Friends to Zombies vs. Robots, with plenty of Amazing Spider-Man, Captain America, Star Trek, and Transformers in between. Most titles will be available for $1.99 an issue, but "select comics" will sell for $0.99 or $2.99, and a handful of free sample comics will also be available.

Users will be able to flip through purchased comics using the Digital Comics Reader application, which will allow them to zoom in and move around pages, or skip around frame by frame. Gamers will need to have PSP firmware update 6.20 or later in order to use the Digital Comics Reader.

A full list of available titles (though not specific issues) is available on Sony's official PlayStation Blog.

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Xaviersx
Xaviersx

I can see why Sony's gone primarily with Comic Books, they do have a e-reader that they'd like to see people on and for a change, aren't trying to overlap their product lines . . . big books on an e-reader with digital ink (battery and eye saver) and comic books on their large colorful screen of the PSP and somewhat smaller PSP Go screen. I'll have to give it a go, . . now I have a reason to dig up my two orig. PSPs.

yixingtpot
yixingtpot

bought Durham Red and Eternals, very cool stuff. Now they just need to add Manga to go with the anime titles. PSPGO is proving to be a money pit. But it's very nice to have a device to hold so much entertaining media.

lostcali8
lostcali8

They need more DC comics, or more comics in general. 1.99 is a bit steep for the stuff they have on there right now..

zombiex5
zombiex5

oh man, sigh...still nothing for canadian's? i was all excited to try it and...nope only in the U.S. it says....grrrrr...crimson rage.

kanstruku
kanstruku

its cool I've tried it and even bought one but for now there are not many free comics

kamizuka
kamizuka

only US?? thats racist man..

gamer-clemm
gamer-clemm

Sweet! Digital Comics on PSP! Now just need 360 and PS3 to get into the Digital Comic service.

BiohazardXTREME
BiohazardXTREME

I don't know whether to praise Sony for providing such an application, or complain about depriving Canadians of it. I want comics too, dammit!

master_of_nfs
master_of_nfs

Sony have succeded in making yet another reat application for the PSP, this is what Microsoft cannot do currently as they only concentrate on the money and try to peel every last dollar or pound from us. With Sony, you get more for your money, so this is why some X360 players have converted to PS3 because of the better value and much less breakdowns.

ColonelX24
ColonelX24

This would be awesome on Xbox Live, because I don't have a PS3, but anyway there are no comic stores in my city so this is the place to go.

buft
buft

this is such a good idea,as long as the comics remain at a resonable price which reflects the lower cost associated with soft copy publishing

yoda4ps3
yoda4ps3

I personally think this is a great idea and really liked the way the free comic i downloaded was layed out and wasn't as clunky to read as i feared it would be. This still will not sway me from my physical copies. This is a great idea but for me nothing beats the feel of an actual comic in your hands. Just a preference

BTroxell
BTroxell

Unless they have must read comics of certain series (which they probably wont and if they do they'll be like 4 bucks) this is stupid; I agree with others, the best thing about getting comics is being able to flip through your collection re-reading and admiring the experience. 2.00 for 10 minutes of digital entertainment, are you kidding? All digital comics services should be used for essential reading for getting into a new or old series, not as a way of distributing comics, that's stupid.

blacknight06
blacknight06

@im-a-roustabout Im pretty sure CoolKidX meant that if your Go is stolen, they get to enjoy all the games and stuff you had on it at the time And to the people below me, I think it's been out in Europe yesterday also

linkdarkside
linkdarkside

i prefer japanese comic(manga)over super hero trash.whitch should be named super recons the story 600 times. and marvel>DC

dark_surge
dark_surge

@ SGTiD1NG0: They're probably trying it out in the US first just to see if it catches on. If it does, you can bet on seeing them everywhere.

SGTiD1NG0
SGTiD1NG0

Once again - it's only available in the US. *sigh*

Richardthe3rd
Richardthe3rd

This is a neat, cool, great idea, but $1.99 per issue? That's a little steep, especially considering you can get hard copies for just a little more.

4quarters
4quarters

I downloaded the FREE Transformers comic, and I gotta say it's pretty cool. I may buy at least 1 or 2 a month. This is a cool idea, keep up the originality Sony! Also a fair price, as this is mostly less than a store copy would cost.

dark_surge
dark_surge

I think it's a pretty neat idea myself. I agree with Hvac0120 in that it does a good job of organizing the comics, not to mention it's nice to be able to have an entire collection on a memory stick instead of hauling around a backpack/dufflebag full of comics every where. Sure they're not as cheap as they could be, but at least I know I'll have all my digital comics in 30 years. I can't say the same for the closet full of them I have at home. Plus, no worrying about tearing the pages if you're a collector :). If I want to read physical copies, I'll do it at home, but as far as everywhere else goes I'd rather do it on my PSP.

dylan417
dylan417

Maybe a couple DC comics if they get any. I like dark comics with gritty stories, like Watchmen and some Batman

im-a-roustabout
im-a-roustabout

And where are you guys finding these comics for those cheap prices? I typically have to pay close to five bucks for a comic.

im-a-roustabout
im-a-roustabout

@CoolKidX You can re-download games you own on the PSN just like LIVE. If the GO gets stolen, download the games again!

im-a-roustabout
im-a-roustabout

I agree with most of the people here, it still needs to be cheaper. I can imagine using this feature somewhere if it was only fifty cents to a buck. Anymore though and it's just too much to pay for such a quick read that has no value in the tangible world.

TalonComics
TalonComics

I'm all for supporting new formats for comics but digital comics need to stay cheap at .99 cents an issue. When I can go to Amazon and purchase the collections of the comics Marvel is offering much cheaper something is wrong. The bulk of a comic's price goes to the distributor and the retailers. Most retailers are getting their books at 50% off so you do the math. Again, I question these prices of 1.99 and higher for a book that's not even new. Where's the justification? Also, I would much rather have a digital copy to read and enjoy than worrying about my comics molding in a box somewhere. Don't forget to add in the costs of collecting supplies because they're not cheap either.

Frimmel
Frimmel

Well most comics these days come in at 2.99 so there is some price break but it still seems like a lot. I suppose this and Kindle/ebook readers would be more attractive if I had to travel a lot or had a long commute via train or something.

fkbwii
fkbwii

I have never read a comic book in my life, but I do watch anime

_Elric_
_Elric_

This would make a hell of a lot more sense if the comix weren't $2 a pop. I love how these digital media companies cut out the retailer, cut out the physical product and packaging, and then expect the consumer to gladly pony up a price comparable to a physical product. And comics are freaking collectible no less, so you're really losing a LOT when you buy the digital copy... talk about your used market. Apple is the only company with ANY sense (and maybe Valve/Steam) in this regard (pricing/distribution and customer relationship/focus). Sony and Microsoft can get bent on this kind of stuff as far as I'm concerned. No way am I going to vote with my wallet to let them monopolize the distribution channel for my favorite media when they are clearly viewing it as a way to jack up profit margins and milk consumers and they've shown absolutely no intention of discounting or passing along savings to make the product more attractive when trade-offs are mad in format.

monson21502
monson21502

i would love this feature but..... this is worse then diggy video games. because we got no real copies of the comic. and thats a must in this hobby. these should cost no more then 99cents..

BaLLz_ON_FiRE
BaLLz_ON_FiRE

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Hvac0120
Hvac0120

I actually thought the application was pretty neat. It organizes your comics pretty well. Plus; what is the cost of the printed comics? Isn't it on par? I don't read comics and haven't read one in a long time. However, when Sony announced the 6.20 firmware update, they provided 4 codes for digital comics. I downloaded all four of them. Although I don't see myself getting too many of these, I could see myself downloading a few. I like the interface and the concept is a really neat way to tie comics and games. _

Talldude80
Talldude80

cool! downloading the free ones right now!

pc4ever
pc4ever

This digital age of ebooks and ecomics on a small screen give me a break, give me a pulp book and comic any day...

enoslives7
enoslives7

Very stupid and too over-priced. Who wants to pay good money to look at a tiny screen and read comics? WTF????

CoolKidX
CoolKidX

Random note: If your PSP Go gets stolen, that means that guy has all your games and stuff, he doesn't need to steal the handheld then buy games or steal them but just steal one time and you are ready to Go. Kinda messed up.

mazniq
mazniq

That's great news to all comics fans. Well done Sony!

Dualmask
Dualmask

This is a cool idea. Since I take my PSP wherever I go anyway and it's pretty much my on-the-go entertainment hub, I might as well add comics to its list of options.

bka4u2c_basic
bka4u2c_basic

This is too sweet! I download all the free comics yesterday through Media Go. I'm actually warming up to Media Go, at first I wasn't I big fan of the software. Hopefully the next update will allow you to view the comics in Media Go off the PSP the same way you can do videos and music.

Jhoalot
Jhoalot

@Ric_SlayeR You should read some comments before commenting! XP

MogFromLeipzig
MogFromLeipzig

Sounds good. I hope it will be available in Europe, too.

Zartan3000
Zartan3000

This is a really cool idea. About time I get my PSP logged on to the PSN.

Ric_SlayeR
Ric_SlayeR

If they added manga it would make the service better. =]

ali-009
ali-009

Do we pay for comics??!!,if yes,than how??!!,and hope it comes to the PS3 too.

grungeman91
grungeman91

That's an very excellent idea to make the PSP even more unique than it already is...I hope they put some graphic novels on there sometime soon

NobleEskimo
NobleEskimo

This is awesome. Finally something to really give PSP its own unique place in the market.

SDBusDriver1979
SDBusDriver1979

I rather have them work on getting their games out on time to the online store first and at a reasonable price before they do these side features. Its frustrating as a PSP owner that buys games online only to have the retail copy come out a week before the network and at the same price.

firehawk998
firehawk998

Where is DC ? yes all the marvel comics are there but I also want to read the " Heart of Hush" comic on my PSP ?

BigBacon87
BigBacon87

Convince DC and Marvel to start making dynamic comics for my PS3 and I'll start reading comics again.