PSP Info From the Sony Conference

IGN is posting updates from the Sony Conference that just finished up in Tokyo.

Here are some PSP Specific notes from the conference:

* The PSP userbase is 96% male and Sony views this as a problem. Ideally, the company would like more women to play PSP and Sony looks to widen the system’s appeal to various demographics.

* Starting this fall, the PSP will use RSS channel features. Video and voice-over-IP will release in October in “motion jpg” format. The PSP’s own version of the EyeToy will launch a month earlier in September and the peripheral will feature EyeToy Play and video chat. The camera is sliver and it attaches to the USB port.

* The PSP will also include a GPS receiver with an update rate of once every second with a 40-second fix time from a cold start. Minna no Golf (Hot Shots Golf) will be a GPS launch title.

* Macromedia Flash will be included with a spring Network update.

* Users will be able to boot software directly from their Memory Stick, all official-like this time around (you know what I mean). The first major announcement for use of this will be a series of PSOne games – yes, you will be able to download classic PlayStation titles and play them on your PSP.

* For the US, a “base unit” release will be priced at $199 and will hit stores at the end of March. Presumably, this is a slightly scaled-down package that doesn’t include headphones, the carrying case and so forth, mimicking the cheaper original Japanese release.

* Europe will see a similar package for 199 Euros beginning on March 22nd, so mark your calendars. And for you folks over in Japan (or import lovers), a new white PSP SKU will hit shelves starting April 15th and retail for 19800 Yen (~$168 US).

Sounds like some good stuff is on the way for us PSP owners! Also, as expected, there was a slew of PS3 information announced. For the PS3 information, check out our thread in the forums.


8 Responses to “PSP Info From the Sony Conference”

  1. 1 AwRy108

    …does this mean they’ll be fixing the web browser’s limited cache issues? Otherwise, what’s the point of having FLASH support if you can’t even load up the web-page the FLASH movie is located on?

    …they better start letting us use our MS Pro Duo’s for browser cache…

  2. 2 Chad

    This is great news! Now we need mroe colors. I agree with the previous posts’ comments about browser cache. I think we also need a browser speed increase too, I am sure that is coming.

    I am particularly excited about the video camera and PS1 games, but I already have a 2GB mem stick pro and how much storage are these games going to take up? Will I be abel to create an archive of games on my Mac and load the games I want? We will have to see.

  3. 3 LordQuas431

    Man after that conference I became more of a sony fanboy :P

  4. 4 ZephyrWest

    Anyone care to guess how many megabytes FF:VII would take up?

  5. 5 Dr.Hookems

    How The @$!^ are they gonna sell PSP’s for $168, I bought mine for $250 that can’t be right

  6. 6 jordan

    didnt japan already reales a white psp

  7. 7 JESUS

    SEE MY PAGE COPY THE CODES

    BEST FIVE THINGS YOU CAN DO WITH A PSP 

    PSP

    The company that made this cool item is SONY

    You can do alot of stuff with a psp like:

    1) First let’s talk about graphics. The graphical power of the PSP is said to be close to that of a Playstation2.

    2) The battery time issue is fixable.
    3) Music playback.
    4) It’s wireless too.

    5) Sleep mode.

  8. 8 JESUS

    SEE MY PAGE COPY THE CODES PLEASE

    BEST FIVE THINGS YOU CAN DO WITH A PSP 

    PSP

    The company that made this cool item is SONY

    You can do alot of stuff with a psp like:

    1) First let’s talk about graphics. The graphical power of the PSP is said to be close to that of a Playstation2.

    2) The battery time issue is fixable.
    3) Music playback.
    4) It’s wireless too.

    5) Sleep mode.




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