Miku fans have been gratified to learn the details of Hatsune Miku’s upcoming PS3 game debut in the form of Project Diva Dreamy Theater, although they may be left feeling a little short-changed…
The game (or “expansion kit” – it is not clear what Sega is calling it) has now been formally announced as being set for release in the summer of 2010, to be distributed online over the PlayStation Network for an as yet unannounced price.
Fans may however be perturbed to learn this is not a PS3 game as such – a PSP (but not the PSP Go) and a copy of Project Diva are required, along with a USB cable, with the game being played on the PSP via a USB link to PS3, which outputs HD visuals to its TV display as usual.
The PS3 is thus apparently merely re-rendering the data outputted by the PSP.
In any case, the graphics are gorgeous and sure to be a hit with Project Diva fans:
Project Diva saves are importable, although it seems this requires yet more hardware in the form of a memory stick.
Project Diva 2nd, the PSP game’s full sequel, is due at the end of July – no similar functionality has yet been announced for that title.
An arcade version of the first game in full HD is also in the late stages of development – it seems likely Dreamy Theater development is linked to this.
Just why Sega feels it necessary to release this as an inconvenient PSP/PS3 crossover and not a standalone port or sequel for the PS3 is not clear.