A new, slimmer PlayStation 3 wasn't the only news to come out of the Sony press conference at Gamescom in Germany Tuesday. There were also plenty of announcements about the PSP and PlayStation Network that weren't completely expected.
First, the PlayStation Network will get an overhaul beginning September 1. New features and a more logical navigation are among the updates. A "What's New" tab highlighting new PlayStation Store releases will also be accessible directly via the XMB (cross media bar).
There was also a lot of news regarding the PSP. Along with the PSP Go, October 1 will also bring the launch of PSP Minis, a new series of bite-size games. These titles will be more affordable, in addition to smaller in size (all games will be 100MB or less). PSP Minis will debut with 15 titles, totaling 50 by the end of 2009.
The PSP will also be getting a Digital Reader in December with various comic book publishers onboard to offer content. Marvel will be providing Spider-Man, X-Men, and Fantastic Four comics to start, with Wolverine, Captain America, Iron Man, and the Hulk all to follow. Compatibility with other Sony readers and more digital comics publishers will be announced soon.
Sony also disclosed that the company will have more details on the PS3 motion-sensing controller at next month's Tokyo Game Show. In addition, customers who preorder Gran Turismo 5 for PlayStation 3 will get a free download of the portable version, Gran Turismo PSP.