Warning: include_once() [function.include-once]: URL file-access is disabled in the server configuration in /home/lunabeanftp/public_html/news/20041027_sony_psp_gets_p.php on line 20

Warning: include_once(http://www.lunabean.com/includes/header_index_test.html) [function.include-once]: failed to open stream: no suitable wrapper could be found in /home/lunabeanftp/public_html/news/20041027_sony_psp_gets_p.php on line 20

Warning: include_once() [function.include]: Failed opening 'http://www.lunabean.com/includes/header_index_test.html' for inclusion (include_path='.:/usr/lib/php:/usr/local/lib/php') in /home/lunabeanftp/public_html/news/20041027_sony_psp_gets_p.php on line 20

Sony PSP Gets Pricing and Release Date...In Japan

Filed under: PS2
Posted by Jeremy on October 27, 2004 11:20 AM
|

Sony today announced that their handheld PSP will be released on Dec. 12 in Japan for a base price of 19,800 yen. Running that through the handy X-Rates.com results in $185, much less than many analysts (and myself) predicted. Nonetheless, US/European pricing has yet to be announced and I'm still betting on a $199 US price point. The base PSP includes the device, a charger, and a battery. Pretty bare bones. Sony also announced a "PSP Value Pack" which will retail for 24,800 yen ($233) which inlcudes a Memory Stick Duo (32MB), headphones with a remote control, and a soft-sided carrying case.

Continue Article ↓




Battery life has also been adressed. Sony claims the PSP will provide play time of between 4 and 6 hours for game titles and continuous 4 to 5 hours for video viewing. Sony also confirmed that there will be 21 launch titles and 100 new titles in development. There is no word yet on a US or European launch date.

I believe that the PSP will be the next N-Gage. I don't think it quite knows what it wants to be...a game machine, a movie player, a wireless device? I also think that when it launches in the US it'll be too expensive for anybody but technophiles. It comes down to this: the PSP is basically a small-screened PS2. I already have a PS2. I don't care to re-play games that I've already played. And, yes, I know that there will be original titles, but I'm not expecting much.

Another problem I have with the PSP is that the screen will take damage. It's open to abuse if you don't have a carrying case, and who wants a carrying case other than Mary Kate or Ashley Olsen? I think that if I'm going to pay $200 for a product I'd be pissed if it is prone to getting scratched and/or cracked.

Also, I feel the PSP is too big. It just doesn't have the appeal that a GBA:SP or Nintendo DS has. The clam-shell design of both of those systems immediately makes it a more attractive product to me.

I could be very wrong and the PSP may sell like free hotcakes, but I think the price is too high and the product undesirable.


PRESS RELEASE

-------------------------------------------------
Tokyo, October 27, 2004 ? Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI), announced today that it would release its new handheld video game system, PSPTM (PlayStation?Portable) (PSP-1000), on December 12, 2004, at a recommended retail price of 19,800 yen excluding tax (20,790 yen including tax) for the Japanese market.

With high-quality graphics processing capability equivalent to that of PlayStation 2, in addition to rich stereo sound, PSP offers the joy of playing full-scale 3D-CG games and viewing high resolution video images anytime, anywhere.

Equipped with a wireless LAN feature (IEEE802.11b), PSP enables users to connect to the Internet through access points, making it possible for users to download game characters and content and also to play games on-line with families, friends and on-line community members. For a more intimate gaming experience, a maximum of 16 PSP systems can be connected wirelessly through the ad-hoc mode allowing family and friends to create an instant yet powerful local on-line entertainment community (*1).
PSP features an integrated high output lithium-ion battery that provides play time of between 4 and 6 hours for game titles and continuous 4 to 5 hours for video viewing. (SCEI actual measurement) (*2)

With PSP, the world of PlayStation, people?s most favorite platform, is further enhanced. A 4.3 inch wide 16:9 high resolution LCD screen, the largest in a handheld gaming device, creates a personal environment in which to enjoy games, music and video anytime, anywhere, with a dynamism that has never been possible before.

To accompany the launch of the PSP system, a total of 21 game titles from SCE and third party software developers and publishers will be released by the end of this year. In addition to these titles, over 100 exciting new titles are currently in development. Innovative titles using the unique features of PSP, as well as PSP versions of hit titles that have been the drivers of the PlayStation platform will continuously be introduced.

Entertainment software of an entirely new category mixing game, music and video on a single UMD? is expected to be released in spring 2005, further enriching the world of PSP.

With PlayStation, PlayStation 2 and PSP, SCEI will continue to expand the market and create a new world of computer entertainment.

(*1) Complies with IEEE802.11b. Typical indoor range of approx. 30m at 11Mbps and approx. 91m at 1Mbps. Typical outdoor range of approx. 120m at 11Mbps and approx. 460m at 1Mbps. However, places with obstacles and strong electromagnetic waves, range may become narrower or transmission may be cut.
(*2) Measurement conditions: display luminance set to maximum (180 cd/m2) and minimum (80 cd/m2) while volume is set to half of the maximum level, headphone in use and wireless LAN not in use.

PSP? (PlayStation?Portable) Basic Specifications and Features

Product Name PSP? (PlayStation?Portable)
Color Black
Product Code PSP-1000
Recommended
Retail Price 19,800 yen (20,790 yen tax inclusive)
Dimensions Approximately 170mm (W) x 23mm (H) x 74mm (D)
Weight Approximately 280g (including battery)
CPU PSP CPU (System clock frequency 1~333MHz)
Main Memory 32MB
Embedded DRAM 4MB
Display 4.3 inch, 16:9 Wide screen TFT LCD
480 x 272 pixel, 16.77 million colors
Maximum luminance 180 / 130 / 80cd/m2 (when using battery pack)
Maximum luminance 200 / 180 / 80cd/m2 (when using AC adaptor)
Sound Built-in stereo speakers
Main Input/Output IEEE 802.11b (Wi-Fi)
USB 2.0 (mini-B)
Memory Stick PRO Duo?
IrDA
IR Remote (SIRCS)
Main Connectors Memory Stick Duo? Slot
USB connector
DC OUT connector
DC IN 5V connector
Headset connector
Keys/Switches Directional buttons (Up/Down/Right/Left)
Analog Stick
Enter keys (Triangle, Circle, Cross, Square)
Left, Right buttons x 1
START button, SELECT button, HOME button x 1
POWER/HOLD switch x 1
Display button, Sound button, Volume +/- buttons x 1
Wireless LAN switch (ON/OFF) x 1
OPEN latch (UMD) x 1
Power Lithium-ion Battery
AC Adaptor
Disc Drive UMD Drive (Read only)
Profile PSP Game
UMD Audio (profile name TBD)
UMD Video (profile name TBD)
Codec Video: H.264 / AVC MP Level3
Audio: ATRAC3plus?、MP3
Security (Encryption) 128bit AES
(Copyright protection technology) MagicGate?
Access control Region, Parental Control
Wireless communications Infrastructure mode
Ad hoc mode (connection up to 16 consoles)
Supplied accessories
AC adaptor
Battery pack

Separately Sold Accessories

Product Name Memory Stick Duo?
Product Code PSP-M32
Recommended
Retail Price 2,800 yen (2,940 yen tax inclusive)

Specifications Copyright protection technology : MagicGate?
Capacity: 32MB
Dimensions: Approximately 20mm (W) x 1.6mm (H) x 31mm (D)
Weight: Approximately 2g

Product Name AC adaptor (for PSP?)
Product Code PSP-100
Recommended
Retail Price 3,500 yen (3,675 yen tax inclusive)

Specifications Rated input voltage : 100V - 240V 50/60Hz
Rated voltage/electrical current output : 5V / 2.0A
Dimensions: Approximately 76mm (W) x 22mm (H) x 46mm (D)
Weight: Approximately 44g

Product Name Battery pack (for PSP?)
Product Code PSP-110
Recommended
Retail Price 4,800 yen (5,040 yen tax inclusive)

Specifications Voltage/Capacity : 3.6V/1800mAh
Dimensions: Approximately 52mm (W) x 12.5mm (H) x 36mm (D)
Weight: Approximately 44g

Product Name Headphone with remote control (for PSP?)
Product Code PSP-140(W)
Recommended
Retail Price 2,800 yen (2,940 yen tax inclusive)

Color White
Specifications Remote Control : Play/Pause, FF, FR, Volume +/-, Hold switch
Headphone : In-the-ear type headphone

Product Name Soft case and hand strap (for PSP?)
Product Code PSP-170(B)
Color Soft case: Black
Hand strap: White
Recommended
Retail Price 2,000 yen (2,100 yen tax inclusive)

Specifications
Soft case:
Dimensions: Approximately 195mm (W) x 7.5mm (H) x 108mm (D)
Hand strap:
Dimensions: Approximately 189mm (W) x 3.3mm (H) x 9mm (D)

Design and specifications are subject to change without notice.









Latest News



Looking for LB walkthroughs?
LB Video Game Walkthroughs and Strategy Guides



Warning: include_once() [function.include-once]: URL file-access is disabled in the server configuration in /home/lunabeanftp/public_html/news/20041027_sony_psp_gets_p.php on line 265

Warning: include_once(http://www.lunabean.com/includes/footer_no.html) [function.include-once]: failed to open stream: no suitable wrapper could be found in /home/lunabeanftp/public_html/news/20041027_sony_psp_gets_p.php on line 265

Warning: include_once() [function.include]: Failed opening 'http://www.lunabean.com/includes/footer_no.html' for inclusion (include_path='.:/usr/lib/php:/usr/local/lib/php') in /home/lunabeanftp/public_html/news/20041027_sony_psp_gets_p.php on line 265