PlayStation Network Opens The Door For Downloadable PSP Imports

By Spencer . April 1, 2009 . 10:02am

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Rei Cho Aniki, the latest horizontal shooter in the obscure Cho Aniki series, came out in Japan last month care of GungHo Games. I didn’t think this game would get an international release, but shockingly it just did. Even though many Japanese games come to Hong Kong with English inserts, Rei Cho Aniki was not distributed this way.

 

Instead, Sony Computer Entertainment Hong Kong is selling Rei Cho Aniki as a downloadable PSP game on their PlayStation Store. Rei Cho Aniki was sold only as a retail title in Japan for 6,040 yen ($60). The downloadable version in the Hong Kong Store, priced at $220 HKD ($30), costs half of that. Rei Cho Aniki is your first downloadable import from Japan and it’s cheap.

 

You might not be interested in this particular title (no need to explain!), but consider the thought of other publishers releasing PSP games they have no plans on localizing as PlayStation Network downloads. The PlayStation Store could be a home of downloadable imports. Sure, this might not happen in North America, but it is happening in Hong Kong.

 

And it’s a good thing that it’s happening in Hong Kong. This may not be widely known so I’ll say it: you don’t need to import PlayStation Tickets to purchase stuff from the Hong Kong Store, a regular credit card from any country works fine. In other words if an import PSP game shows up in Hong Kong’s PlayStation Store you can get it without much hassle. Awesome?

 

Update: Multiple commenters have noted the loophole is closed. Bummer.


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  • http://twitter.com/matty_125 matty

    Awesome, indeed. Thanks for the tip. I’ll try to keep my eyes on what shows up.

  • Dallow

    Sorry buddy. But they locked the store now for CC purchases. You need a ticket. I used to buy all the time but was rejected as of a month or so ago.

    • http://www.siliconera.com Spencer

      Bummer. I used to use that loophole all the time to get stuff too. Thanks for the info, I’ll update the post.

  • hpv

    This isn’t true. You can only put in a Hong Kong address for billing and they DO check this against the address on file with the credit card company. Or at least that’s what happened when I tried this about two weeks ago.

  • Aoshi00

    Awesome. So you still need a HK credit card or HK PSN point cards after all? Hate it when they do that.. Importing the Jpn point card wasn’t cheap either.

  • Chow

    Aside from everybody else commenting about the Credit Card issue, doesn’t this mean you’d still have to register your PSP with your Hong Kong account for those downloads to work? That’d also mean everything else that’s registered to your other regions’ accounts would be deleted as you change the registry, right? (I STILL haven’t tried this myself yet, despite downloading Disaster Report 3 demo a long time ago)

    • rurti

      This IS true. If you download a game (or even a demo) from another store your other downloads (games, demos, …) will NOT work because are from a different region/account.

  • Talvin

    The Hong Kong loophole was shut down about 4 weeks ago.

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