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Sony PSP Details and Pics

Filed under: E3 | PS2
Posted by Jeremy on May 11, 2004 1:23 PM

New details of Sony's much-hyped handheld, the PSP (playstation portable) have emerged from E3. The initial PSP will be black with a 4.3 inch screen and a 16:9 widescreen TFT LCD. It is a little less powerful than the PS2 and battery life is expected to range from 10 hours for gameplay, to 8 hours for music playback, to 2.5 hours for movie playback. Yes, movies. Sony's UMD format, which can hold full length feature motion pictures will be supported on the PSP. For more information, keep reading...

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LOS ANGELES, May 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
(SCEI) announced today the product specifications for the handheld video game
system, PlayStation(R)Portable (PSP(TM)). Three-dimensional-CG games
incorporating high-quality, full-motion video similar to PlayStation(R)2 can
be played anytime, anywhere with PSP. PSP is scheduled to be launched in
Japan in the end of 2004, followed by the North American and European launches in the spring of 2005.

PSP comes in a black color, with a 16:9 widescreen TFT LCD centered in a
sleek ergonomic design with a high-quality finish that fits comfortably in the
hands. The dimensions are 170mm x 74mm x 23mm with a weight of 260g.

PSP features a high-quality TFT LCD that displays full color (16.77 million
colors) on a 480 x 272 pixel high-resolution screen. It also comes complete
with the basic functions of a portable player such as built-in stereo
speakers, exterior headphone connector, brightness control and sound mode
selection. Keys and controls inherit the same operability of PlayStation(R)
and PlayStation 2, familiar to fans all over the world.

PSP also comes equipped with diverse input/output connectors such as USB
2.0, and 802.11b (Wi-Fi) wireless LAN, providing connectivity to various
devices in the home and to the wireless network outside. The world of gaming
is further enhanced by enabling users to enjoy online gaming, or by connecting
multiple PSPs to each other, directly via the wireless network. In addition,
software and data can be downloaded through a USB or wireless network onto
Memory Stick(TM) PRO Duo. All of these features can be enjoyed on one single

PSP adopts a small but high-capacity optical medium UMD(TM) (Universal
Media Disc), enabling game software, rich with full-motion video and other
forms of digital entertainment content, to be stored. The newly developed
UMD, the next-generation compact storage media, is only 60mm in diameter but
can store up to 1.8GB of digital data. A broad range of digital entertainment
content such as music video clips, movies and sports programs can be provided
on UMD. To protect this entertainment content, a robust copyright protection
system has been developed which utilizes a combination of a unique disc ID, a
128 bit AES encryption keys for the media, and individual ID for each PSP
hardware unit.

SCEI intends to aggressively promote PSP and UMD as the new handheld
entertainment platform for the coming era.

PSP(TM) Product Specifications

Product Name: PlayStation(R)Portable (PSP)
Color: Black
Dimensions: Approx. 170 mm (L) x 74 mm (W) x 23 mm (D)
Weight: Approx. 260 g (including battery)
CPU: PSP CPU(System clock frequency 1~333MHz)
Main Memory: 32MB
Embedded DRAM: 4MB
Display: 4.3 inch, 16:9 widescreen TFT LCD
480 x 272 pixel (16.77 million colors)
Max. 200 cd/m2 (with brightness control)
Speakers: Built-in stereo speakers
Main Input/Output: IEEE 802.11b (Wi-Fi)
USB 2.0 (Target)
Memory Stick(TM) PRO Duo
IR Remote (SIRCS)
Disc Drive: UMD Drive (Playback only)
Profile: PSP Game
UMD Audio
UMD Video
Main Connectors: DC OUT 5V
Terminals for charging built-in battery
Headphone/Microphone/Control connector
Keys/Switches: Directional buttons (Up/Down/Right/Left)
Analog pad
Enter keys (Triangle, Circle, Cross, Square)
Left, Right keys
POWER On/Hold/Off switch
Brightness control, Sound Mode, Volume +/-
Wireless LAN On/Off switch
UMD Eject
Power: Built-in lithium-ion battery, AC adaptor
Access Control: Region Code, Parental Control

Accessories: Stand
Headphone with remote commander
Headphone with remote commander and
External battery pack
E3 Prototype Exhibition: USB Camera for PSP
USB Keyboard for PSP

UMD(TM) Specifications

Dimensions: Approx. 65 mm (W) x 64 mm (D) x 4.2 mm (H)
Weight: Approx. 10g
Disc Diameter: 60 mm
Maximum Capacity: 1.8GB (Single-sided, dual layer)
Laser wavelength: 660nm (Red laser)
Encryption: AES 128bit
Profile: PSP Game (full function)
UMD Audio (codec ATRAC3plus(TM), PCM,
UMD Video (codec MPEG4 AVC, ATRAC3plus(TM),
Caption PNG)

About Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
Recognized as the global leader and company responsible for the
progression of consumer-based computer entertainment, Sony Computer
Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) manufacturers, distributes and markets the
PlayStation(R) game console and PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system.

PlayStation has revolutionized home entertainment by introducing advanced 3D
graphic processing, and PlayStation 2 further enhances the PlayStation legacy
as the core of home networked entertainment. SCEI, along with its subsidiary
divisions Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc., Sony Computer
Entertainment Europe Ltd., and Sony Computer Entertainment Korea Inc.
develops, publishes, markets and distributes software, and manages the third
party licensing programs for these two platforms in the respective markets
worldwide. Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. is an independent business unit of the Sony Group.

NOTE: PlayStation and the PlayStation logo, PS one and PS2 are registered
trademarks of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. PSP and UMD are trademarks of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. All other trademarks are property of their
respective owners.

Memory Stick PRO Duo and ATRAC3plus are trademarks of Sony Corporation.

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