While the big screen consoles such as the XBox, PS3 and Wii grab many of the headlines, the Sony PSP continues to battle it out with devices like the Nintendo DS. From October 15th Japanese users of the Sony PSP will have a Playstation Store directly accessible from the Sony PSP when the device is running firmware version 5.0 or higher. The store will allow people to download games directly via the WiFi connection to the devices memory card.
How long before this store will be available in the UK is unknown, but it shows the continuing trend for making media available as a download. For companies, the attraction is that they can sell stuff with out the need to produce physical media, and hopefully this will be reflected by a reduction in price.
People with the Sony PSP are soon to be offered another way of playing games. With some games it is currently possible to play head to head with another PSP owner if within WiFi range of each other, a new 'ADHOC party for PSP' service is due to be launched in Japan first that would use the PS3 console to allow PSP owners to play selected titles against other PSP owners over the Internet.
Much angst has been expressed about how the BBC iPlayer will bring the internet to its knees, but the amount of content both in terms of size and sources is constantly increasing. While at present the average monthly broadband usage figure is still relatively low at around 3GB to 7GB, this is rising and once the current generation of children have disposable income to buy content we may see things change more rapidly.