Phantasy Star Portable 2 Learns To Use Infrastructure Mode

By Spencer . August 31, 2009 . 1:40pm


The PSP has plenty of network RPGs and Monster Hunter clones, few of which support online play. Sure, you can use a PlayStation 3 and connect with distant gamers via Ad-hoc Party, but wouldn’t it be nice to play online without a PS3?


Sega agrees and added an infrastructure mode to Phantasy Star Portable 2. This means you’ll be able to log on to a server, meet friends, and rumble with rappies with a wireless router. Four players can party or sit around or chat with a text message system online.


Great news, but importers may want to think twice about purchasing the Japanese version. 4gamer reports the infrastructure mode is for countrywide play, i.e. Japan only. As of now Phantasy Star Portable 2 has not been announced for any other region. You should be able to log online with Phantasy Star Portable 2. However, if a North American or PAL version matriculates you may not be able to play with your local friends.


Phantasy Star Portable 2 materializes on December 3 in Japan.


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  • shion16

    using infraestucture mode, PS 2 could be a good rival to mon hun
    i dont know how to say it in english but….


  • JeremyR

    I guess, but online play always seemed rather pointless to me on a portable. If you are playing someplace with internet access, why are you playing on a portable?

    Even though I use (or used) my PSP (and DS) mostly at home, it’s mostly outside, far away from any internet connection. (And that’s actually sorta been supplanted by my new-ish laptop)

    I guess some people play it on their couch inside, but still, from what I’ve read about the PSP in Japan, it’s popular because in person gaming is popular there. Having it as an option probably won’t help much there (can’t hurt, I guess), but really something mostly useful to the West, where unfortunately, no one actually buys their games.

    I’ve always thought they need to distribute unique codes, like PC games to, to let people use multiplayer. Otherwise it’s going to be 95% pirates.

    • I don’t know about other people, but this feature is attractive to me since I don’t play PC games at all.

    • cowcow

      How would you expect to hook up your PS3 to an internet cafe, library, airport, coffee shop, McD’s etc??

      And Phantasy Star Zero for DS had Wi-Fi so this makes sense for the PSP.
      Dont even know why they didnt do it in the first place for the 1st PSP game

  • Good news nonetheless , i find it ridiculous that you could play phantasy star online with friends on a dreamcast but not on a PSP

    • ElTopo

      I found it ridiculous that that game had subscription fees. Would be nice to see this or the DS game come out in the states, would be a lot of fun to play to jump into some wifi enabled online multiplayer with people while out and about.

  • Bafish

    If they only did this with Monster Hunter!

  • maxchain

    Aw damn, back to wandering the hub on-foot, eh? It’s only fair, I guess–how else would you be able to synchronize dance animations with your friends?

  • @JeremyR: Great way to pass the time on bad dates while @Starbucks or Panera XD

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