Sony Unveils Playstation Portable

Sony’s entry in the handheld gaming space might be a bit delayed in the U.S., but when it arrives, it’s going to have a tremendous amount of publisher support. Nearly 100 game publishers are making games for the PSP (or PlayStation Portable), which will be released in the U.S. early next year. (Sony plans to ship the device in Japan this holiday season.)

Sony’s PSP will have a tremendous amount of support in the U.S.

The first batch of games will have some familiar titles, including Metal Gear, SpiderMan 2 and Tiger Woods Golf. Electronic Arts, the gaming industry’s leading publisher, vowed to have four titles ready for the PSP at launch.

The PSP, which has roughly the same graphical quality as the PS2, is being targeted at an older audience than other handheld gaming machines, with Sony particularly eyeing 18-34 year old males.

“We know they buy more games with more disposable income,” said Kaz Hirai, president and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment of America.

The PSP will feature a 4.3-inch screen with a 16:9 widescreen ratio, come with built-in stereo speakers. It will support 802.11b wireless connections and have input ports for US 2.0 devices and Sony’s proprietary memory stick storage device.

Battery life will vary, depending on how the PS is used, Hirai said. Gamers should be able to play for roughly 10 hours before recharging the device’s lithium-ion battery. People using the PSP as a music player will be able to listen for approximately eight hours. And when it’s used as a portable movie player, the battery will last 2.5 hours.


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