Sony's tiny giant got some love at the Sony E3 news conference. Hardware details inside...
One of the highlights of the Sony news conference was the display of the much vaunted PSP. PSP is as revolutionary as the original PSOne, according to SCEA president Kaz Hirai. It includes wireless connectivity (802.11b), and it will offer high-quality movies, music and video in addition to 3D gaming similar to PS2 quality graphics. The initial target audience for the PSP is the 18-34 year-old market, people who have more disposable income.
The display is a 16x9, 4.3 inch widescreen LCD. This enhances in-game peripheral vision. The PSP has stereo speakers and 32MB ram and 4MB VRam. They will have regional lockouts on the UMDs. UMDs and can hold three times as much as traditional CD-ROMs. The PSP is also going to include a USB 2.0 slot and infrared dataport. Development for the PSP should not be a problem because it uses OpenGL. The PSP will contain a lithium-ion battery, which they say will enable 10 hours of playback.
NFL Street, MGS, Dynasty Warriors coming to the handheld?
May 11, 2004 - During Sony's press conference today, which is just now finishing, first details of the PlayStation Portable, as well as live demonstrations, were revealed. We'll be getting you full official details very soon, but here's a quick run-down of the highlights, straight from the conference.
First, some PSP specs. The system is 170mm long, 74 mm wide, and features a 16:9 aspect ratio widescreen 4.3" display. The screen itself is a high-quality TFT running at full color (16.77 million colors) at a 480x272 resolution. The PSP packs 32 MB of main memory as well as 4 MB of DRAM, along with a wireless port, USB, and a rechargable Lithium Ion battery good for 10 hours of play time.
PSP games and media will use the Universal Media Disc format, a compact, high-capacity optical disc capable of holding 1.8 GB of data.
The PSP is set to debut in North America in spring 2005.
The biggest news of all, though, are the titles shown in the conference. None of these are absolutely official, but here's what we heard about or saw:
- Ape Escape
- Dynasty Warriors
- F1 Racing
- Metal Gear Solid
- NBA Street
- Need for Speed Underground
- NFL Street
- Tiger Woods
- Tony Hawk Pro Skater
- Twisted Metal
In addition, by way of demonstrating the PSP's movie playback capabilities, a clip of Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children was shown playing on the system. This suggests that the Final Fantasy film sequel may be released on the PSP's UMD format. Look for more details very soon as more official specs, titles, and media roll in.
Holy shit! They were playin Advent on the PSP. I think Im going to die.
SHIT, that sounds good, it is equal to the power of the ps2 (Wow), nintendo will have to top that, if it wants to continue on being the leading handheld leader.
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