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.