PS3 download service goes live

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Culver City (CA) - Sony's e-Distribution Initiative (EDI), which allows PS3 owners to purchase and play games directly from the console, is now up and running, as the first titles have made their appearance in the online service.

Sony is focused on creating original content for EDI, though for the introductory slate of titles, all that is available are original Playstation games. Curiously, these titles will not be playable on the PS3. Users will need to hook up a PSP to the PS3 and play the vintage games on the portable console, reports GameDaily Biz.

This move shows just how much Sony wants its consumers to own both a PS3 and a PSP, the most expensive of all major home consoles and portable consoles. "Downloadable PlayStation emulated games on the PSP is just the beginning, but it underscores our vision for leveraging the wide breadth of content that's available from the PlayStation brand, and delivers value to gamers well beyond the initial purchase of their PS3 and PSP," said Peter Dille, an SCEA marketing VP.

Currently available for download on the PS3 and transfer to the PSP are Cool Boarders, Crash Bandicoot, Tekken 2, Syphon Filter, and Hot Shots Golf 2. Sony has previously said that about 40 titles were already planned for the EDI, including the original titles Flow and Calling All Cars.

The current Playstation titles are selling for $6 each. They will reportedly also eventually be available for purchase directly through the PSP's online service.