With all this talk about digital comics breaking new barriers and opening new places to view them, it's surprising to hear this morning that Sony is discontinuing viewable comics on its PSP platform. Initially launched in December 2009, for the past 19 months PSP owners have been able to buy and read comics from the PlayStation Store from a variety of publishers including IDW, Marvel, Disney and others. The service even extended outside the U.S., with native comics available for PSP users in Japan, Germany, France, Spain and Italy amongst others.
Sony had been releasing a prodigious amount of comics (new and old) on a weekly basis, with the final week containing a bumper crop of titles including the first issues of Batman: Arkham City and The Rocketeer Adventures along with a variety of other series. PSP readers will find a number of books being abruptly ended mid-series with this announcement by Sony. Over 4000 comics have been released for the PSP, and Sony says they'll remain only in perpetuity for readers to continue to buy.
Although this spells the end for new material on the PSP, Sony has stated that they are working to bring the comic services to other Sony devices, presumably the recently announced Playstation Vita.
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