NTT DoCoMo to Support Sony's New PSP

Networking the new console will allow downloading of movies, games and software.

TOKYO – Sony’s new PlayStation Portable console will be able to connect with Japan’s largest mobile network, NTT DoCoMo.

The new PSP already has Wi-Fi connectivity, but the DoCoMo deal will allow users to download movies, games and other software, as well as link up with other players.

The device also looks set to have an OLED touchscreen, which is larger than the screen on current models.

Although the new PSP won’t have voice capabilities, the functions of smartphones and gaming devices are increasingly overlapping and Sony Ericsson is expected to launch a PlayStation Phone next month that will run Google’s Android platform.

Shares in NTT DoCoMo, the mobile arm of the former state-run phone monopoly, jumped on the news in early Tokyo Stock Exchange trading, before giving up some of the gains by the closing bell.

Meanwhile shares in Nintendo, due to launch its 3DS portable console next month, fell back on the prospect of increased competition in the mobile gaming space.