Video Q&A: Sony explains PSP adhocParty

Kristin Neirinckx discusses how PSP owners can use their PS3s to play multiplayer non-infrastructure games over the Web.

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Starting today, Sony Computer Entertainment began offering adhocParty to North American PSP owners. The application lets PSP owners use their PlayStation 3s to play normally local-only wireless ad hoc games online much like they would with the game's infrastructure mode. The service was launched in Japan last year.

Ain't no party like an adhocParty...unless you count infrastructure mode.

The free application can be downloaded from the PlayStation Store as part of the update that went out this afternoon. Though the PS3 and PSP will communicate wirelessly, it will require that the PS3 have a wired connection to the Internet. The service will also support voice and text chat, with friends meeting inside lobbies of 10 areas called "worlds."

Unfortunately, adhocParty will not work with every PSP game that has an ad hoc mode. A full list of compatible games has not been released, but Sony Computer Entertainment America marketing manager Kristin Neirinckx told GameSpot that "most" titles with an ad hoc mode should work with the application. Two major titles, Sony's Gran Turismo PSP and Capcom's Monster Hunter Freedom Unite, have been confirmed to have full support.

To see Neirinckx's full video demonstration of the North American version of adhocParty, check out the video below.

Discussion

52 comments
theguyguy123
theguyguy123

it makes sense why you have to cable the internet from ps3 to internet box; if the ps3 was noramlly connect to the internet using wi-fi, it would not connect the psp online, but if the ps3 was using its wifi to connect to the psp's wifi (WLAN) then it would have to be cable because the wifi is being used up by the psp :D would of been better if they done it the other way psp wierd connection to ps3 then ps3 connects online, save so much time

Jhoalot
Jhoalot

@FabioPizzini unfortunately no, the app says that you need a wired connection

FabioPizzini
FabioPizzini

But if my Ps3 is connected to internet in wfifi may i still use adhocParty?

rideru
rideru

@johnnydarkness2 it is, i played it on the japanese ad hoc party. pretty laggy though.

Talldude80
Talldude80

yeah now i just gotta get a longer ethernet cable. :-)

Mugen76
Mugen76

I hope they have support for Dissidia, that would be the balls if they could pull that off.

KaizerJinn
KaizerJinn

Definite plus! wish it didnt required wired conection. =\

acsam12304
acsam12304

wow this is cool. you know what that means infrastructure mode will have less people using it. cuz most people still dont have WiFi at home. so that means Ad Hoc mode will have more people playing online which means more lobbys to join in and have more fun. GOOD JOB SONY WOOT

etcetcetc
etcetcetc

I think my laptop is busted. The video had no sound even on full volume.

Kmda3
Kmda3

AWESOME! M-m-m-monster hunter online!

fatbadger88
fatbadger88

Ok, @sk8erwill93 the controllers are bluetooth which is not the same as the systems wifi @zomglolcats fear not as companies such as develo have produced products that use your electrical wiring within the house to transfer internet from your router to your machine with one plugged in behind the router (with an ethernet going into it) and one plugged in behind your system (with an ethernet coming out of it), on paper its more reliable than a wireless router but mine is only used to test friends computers and laptops and to power my freesat box. @KittyHeart The wireless ad-hoc was never designed to work over the internet so the PS3 is there to convert all the stuff it can't handle on its own. What better time to invest in a PS3 though :D Also does anyone know anything about a possible UK launch?

Gen007
Gen007

makes since because the ps3 isnt a router but maybe they could have use the usb port send the data but the games weren't programmed for that. i guess thats the only way it could work.

dwd_27
dwd_27

cool i love palyin ad hoc with ma mates it'll be succsess

Solidx83
Solidx83

Finally. Been using the Japanese version of this for a while. Now I don't need my little guide if I get lost in the menus hehehe

zomglolcats
zomglolcats

"Though the PS3 and PSP will communicate wirelessly, it will require that the PS3 have a wired connection to the Internet." What? Well I guess I can't use that then... PS3 is in the living rooom and router is in the bedroom. Use wireless for my PS3.

paelkeizah
paelkeizah

hrm... maybe I should wire my PS3 to my laptop and see if it works then

darkspineslayer
darkspineslayer

tried this with soulcalibur last night, laggy as hell

dr_jashugan
dr_jashugan

Cool. But I was expecting this news with the list of games included. 8)

fps_d0minat0r
fps_d0minat0r

people are complaining because it cant make multiple wireless connections? guess what, some consoles dont even have wifi built in so stop living in the next gen. @ Hvac0120 i saw it on youtube.

fkbwii
fkbwii

The PS3 has to be connected with a wired connection?!

joshmista
joshmista

so this only works with people who hav a ps3.... ohhhhhhhhh that is so unfair

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

I've always complained that there aren't enough Infrastructure-enabled PSP games. This is a great way to take the pressure off of the Developers and Publishers to create servers to handle it and it gives consumers the option to play online with people. _ @fps_d0minat0r the video loaded just fine for me. You might want to close all browser windows and try again.

fps_d0minat0r
fps_d0minat0r

the video isnt loading........sometimes it comes after 2 mins but no luck this time =( what will happen when people take PSP's with custom firmwares online?

rcktz
rcktz

` I am not an expert, but I also think it is just simply impossible to establish PSP adhocParty via utilizing two-sided way of the wireless connection through the PS3's internal wi-fi card due to some hardware restrictions of it or it would have already been done that way if otherwise.

Fatal_Byte
Fatal_Byte

Sounds like an innovative move. Always good!

sk8erwill93
sk8erwill93

The thing about the PS3 being hardwired is that the PS3 is not able to have two wireless connections.

Jhoalot
Jhoalot

lets hope that will come an update of the app, for something the ps3 come with wi-fi i want to use the wi-fi

rcktz
rcktz

Maybe it is not user-friendly implemented since the feature requires a wired connection to make PSP adhocParty playing possible but the concept around the idea is very nice and I still hope that it will not be overpopulated by the nasty cheaters.

Dualmask
Dualmask

I was just thinking about trying Phantasy Star Portable with this. Anyone know if that works? Sucks having to relocate my PS3 though. They need to work it out so it works over wi-fi.

tyco_ex
tyco_ex

@ KittyHeart : There's a pc program called Xlink-Kai that does the same thing through your pc. You might want to try it out.

keyroon
keyroon

@ vgbum, dissidia works fine will let you know if FF tactics works.

RaiKageRyu
RaiKageRyu

This is really neat, it's being doing what some underground applications have been doing for some time now and bringing it to the light.

lobotomies4free
lobotomies4free

wish they could figure out a way around the wired connection requirement. I mean if my psp is in range of the ps3 isn't it also in range of the router? I would think it could go through the router

vgbum
vgbum

I want to see a full list of supported games. I really hope Dissidia and FF Tactics are also on. I know I'll be having tons a fun gettin my butt handed to me in Gran Turismo.

Ryouji_kaji
Ryouji_kaji

I've been waiting for this ^^. I have my PS3's wired anyway (wireless in my house is crap in my room for some reason). So it's all good. I did download it from the Jap' network long ago. Never got around to using it though, just too much Japanese text flying around XD. I mostly want it to play Monster Hunter Online and stuff like that.

starfox15
starfox15

Woo hoo now I can play my multiplayer psp games over the internet! oh wait... I don't have a ps3.

Iramek
Iramek

So far its nice. Something that should have been done 2-3 yrs ago. Whould have bump sales of PSP/games long ago.

MarcJL31
MarcJL31

Not liking that I have to have my PS3 wired. @Avenged_Plague: And its not for people who don't have wifi. Its for use of games that are "local only" meaning games that you have to have another person with a PSP near you to wireless link them together. Infrastructure games are ones that can be played across WiFi internet.

NoLifeGamin
NoLifeGamin

so that means online Tekken 6!? well i hope so ^_^ if it makes it on the list

cjasko94
cjasko94

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Zidaneski
Zidaneski

Crap, I use wireless internet on my PS3. That means a no go for me right?

Tispers
Tispers

@KittyHeart - It's just their way of making more money.

poorguy17
poorguy17

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