SCEA Launching "adhocParty" for the PSP in North America

SCEA Launching "adhocParty" for the PSP in North America


Last year Japanese PSP owners were able to play their handhelds with friends throughout the country even if the games were limited only to Ad Hoc connectivity. That’s because Sony introduced adhocParty.

This service, as long as you also own a PS3, will allow you and your friends to play select PSP games over the internet rather than having to be in close proximity to one another. Games that will be able to take advantage of this service immediately are SCEA’s Gran Turismo for PSP and Monster Hunter Freedom Unite from Capcom.

Press Release:

November 13, 2009 – Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) today announced the availability of the online service, “adhocParty for the PSP (PlayStation Portable) system,” coming to North America in November. The service, which launched in Japan last year, enables PSP system owners to play select online multiplayer games featuring Ad Hoc mode over the Internet through the PlayStation 3 (PS3) computer entertainment system. PSP titles with Ad Hoc mode traditionally require users to play within close proximity to each other, but with “adhocParty,” PSP owners with a PS3 system can play one another through the PlayStation Network.

“The PlayStation brand is synonymous with creating exciting new gameplay experiences that connect and challenge people in ways they never thought possible,” said Scott A. Steinberg, vice president, product marketing, SCEA. “AdhocParty for the PSP system creates an avenue for gamers to connect, strategize, and compete with each other – Gran Turismo is a great example of this. Polyphony Digital developed robust Ad Hoc features within the game, which are now even more accessible through adhocParty. We saw this as a tremendous opportunity to enhance the PSP system’s online gaming experience and bring the service to our North American consumers.”

Popular titles such as SCEA’s Gran Turismo for PSP and Monster Hunter Freedom Unite from Capcom will soon have access to this new social gaming service.

“The secret to Monster Hunter’s fantastic success on PSP around the world has been the social aspect of the game, which brings together players from all walks of life,” said Mark Beaumont, chief operating officer, North America and Europe, Capcom. “AdhocParty for the PSP system will connect gamers to the content they love as well as to those who share the same passion for gaming. At last, Monster Hunter fans will be able to adventure together, regardless of where they are in North America.”

Interoperability between the PSP and PS3 systems through features such as “adhocParty for the PSP system” enable users to interact with other PlayStation gamers in new and innovative ways – all of which is only possible on the PlayStation platform.

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