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M.H.A.Q.S.
November 7th, 2003, 02:12
Enhancing its strong platform strategies, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) announced today plans to expand its in-home entertainment to outside the home with a new, all-in-one portable entertainment platform, "PSP." Scheduled for release in the fourth quarter of 2004, the company's goal is to extend the reach of PlayStation to a broader audience, allowing consumers to enjoy gaming and other entertainment content anytime, anywhere. Specific details on release plans and pricing will be disclosed at a later date.
The introduction of "PSP" highlights the company's long-awaited foray into the portable entertainment market. With unmatched advantages of the Sony Group, such as global brand awareness, superior technologies in the most advanced semiconductor processes, "PSP" further broadens entertainment experiences into the portable arena.

The foundation of this new platform is Universal Media Disc (UMD), which comprises of a 60mm optical disc (1.8 GB) in a cartridge, developed by the Sony Group, utilizing its latest disc technologies. Compared to the out-dated mask ROM cartridge, optical disc has huge advantages such as shorter turn around time for manufacturing, larger data capacity and lower media costs. The latest copy-protection technology will be applied to offer content developers and publishers a safe and copy-protected environment.

"PSP" will be equipped with a wide screen 480 x 272 pixel (16 by 9) TFT LCD monitor with a backlight, and powered by super chipsets utilizing the latest 90 nm semiconductor technology. For graphics, 3D rendering will be enhanced by the employment of curved surfaces (NURBS) along with conventional polygons. Video quality will also be enhanced with MPEG4, which delivers quality equivalent to DVD video at a low data rate.

"PSP" will have an USB 2.0 port for further expandability and connectivity to other devices, such as "PSP," PlayStation 2 and many other systems, along with a Memory Stick™ slot for network applications and data transportability in a wireless environment.

SCEI will offer PC-based development tools starting from fall 2003 for the preparation of a new range of computer entertainment content. A new license scheme for "PSP" software development will be announced in summer 2003. Pursuing the founding principles of the PlayStation business, Sony Computer Entertainment will expand its efforts to support content developers to create new forms of computer entertainment.

Together with its business partners, SCEI aims to aggressively promote this new platform to further broaden the arena of entertainment. "Just as PlayStation and PlayStation 2 revolutionized in-home computer entertainment, we aim to become a new driving force in the portable entertainment platform arena," said Ken Kutaragi, president and CEO, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. "The world of PlayStation encompasses hundreds of millions of users worldwide, most of whom view computer entertainment as part of their everyday lives. We look forward to extending the experience through a portable entertainment platform, and are excited about the possibilities and impact 'PSP' will have on the market. Along with game applications, 'PSP' will have a huge potential for delivering other forms of entertainment as well as live entertainment through the network, anywhere, anytime. This is the 'Walkman' of the 21st century."


"PSP" Specifications Platform name: PSP™ Display: Wide screen (16:9) TFT LCD with backlight (480 x 272 dots) Disc medium: "UMD" 60mm optical secured ROM disc with cartridge (1.8GB) Video CODEC: MPEG4 Graphics: 3D Polygon/NURBS Sound: PCM (built-in stereo speakers, stereo headphone output) I/O: USB 2.0, Memory Stick™ slot Battery: Rechargeable (lithium-ion)

onewecallgod
November 7th, 2003, 02:26
how much is this thing going to cost!?

Danny
November 7th, 2003, 02:28
Originally posted by M.H.A.Q.S.@Nov 7 2003, 01:12 AM
pricing will be disclosed at a later date.
Dunno. :huh:

M.H.A.Q.S.
November 7th, 2003, 02:58
http://www.gamers.com/i/pics/1472678.jpg

I definitely am going to buy it for sure.

Jet Set Willy
November 7th, 2003, 03:09
You can't hotlink from that site.

M.H.A.Q.S.
November 7th, 2003, 14:53
Waz, do you play games anyway

Jet Set Willy
November 7th, 2003, 15:11
What are games!

M.H.A.Q.S.
November 7th, 2003, 15:16
i mean games, and not Gaaammmmeesss OK, got it.

onewecallgod
November 7th, 2003, 16:34
probably gonna be like a 500$ gameboy

El Fugitivo
November 7th, 2003, 21:49
I'd rather have the handheld PSone that some modder put together. I thought that Sony was going to do the same kind of thing with this one (just a portable PSX, which would really not need to be much bigger than a Discman). I think it's kind of lame that they're doing this with disc-based cartridges instead of making it backwards compatible with PSX discs.