PSP Finally Gets Dated

by: Charlie -
The moment that many of you have awaited is here, the PSP has finally gotten a date. The day to mark on those calendars is March 24 and the price to pay will be $249.00. Before you go crazy, the package will feature the unit, the AC adaptor, a 32MB Memory Stick, a soft case, a cleaning cloth, a UMD sampler and the first million units will ship with the full-length motion picture Spider-Man 2. Make sure to save up now kids, it'll be one to watch.
PSP(TM) (PlayStation(R) Portable) Set to Release on March 24 Across North
America

Sony Computer Entertainment America to Retail Single SKU PSP Value Pack for
$249.99

FOSTER CITY, Calif., Feb. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Computer Entertainment
America Inc. announced today the North American launch details for its highly
anticipated PSP(TM) (PlayStation(R) Portable) handheld entertainment system.
Available through retail outlets on March 24, the company continues its
consumer-centric legacy with the release of the PSP Value Pack for a suggested
retail price of $249.99 U.S./$299.99 CND. In addition to the revolutionary PSP
hardware, the PSP Value Pack contains an unprecedented added-value package of
accessories and entertainment content, including 32 MB Memory Stick Duo(TM),
headphones with remote control, battery pack, AC adaptor, soft case and
cleaning cloth, movie/music/game video sampler UMD disc including multiple
non-interactive game demos, and for the first one million PSP Value Packs
shipped, a special UMD video release of the feature film Spider-Man(TM) 2 from
Sony Pictures Entertainment.
Sony Computer Entertainment will manufacture one million units for sale in
the North American market by the close of its fiscal year ending March 31.
This figure is part of the company's total three-million-unit worldwide PSP
system shipment estimate within the same time period. PSP released in Japan
on December 12, 2004 and is already a hit, with more than 800,000 units
shipped, including a 200,000-unit allocation that sold out on day one.
PSP sets a new standard as the first truly integrated portable
entertainment system designed to provide consumers with a comprehensive
entertainment experience including games, music, movies, communication, and
wireless networking. Featuring graphics rendering capabilities comparable to
the company's leading in-home console, PlayStation(R)2, PSP brings an
unparalleled gaming experience to a portable platform, allowing users to enjoy
3D games, with high-quality, full-motion video, and high-fidelity stereo
audio. PSP also allows for digital photo display and supports digital music
playback in both MP3 and ATRAC formats.
"PSP will evolve and elevate portable entertainment, giving users the
freedom to play full 3D games, watch movies, listen to music and connect
wirelessly on their terms, their time and their place," said Kaz Hirai,
president and chief executive officer, Sony Computer Entertainment America
Inc. "More than ever, today's consumer demands access to entertainment
outside the home without compromising quality. With more than 100 PSP game
titles currently in development worldwide, and the ability to download and
listen to digital music and view feature films with breathtaking screen
quality, PSP lets users control their entertainment options, all in one
package."
PSP features an unmatched 4.3-inch, 16:9 wide screen TFT LCD that displays
full color (16.77 million colors) on a 480 x 272 pixel high-resolution screen.
PSP also comes complete with built-in stereo speakers, exterior headphone
connector and diverse input/output connectors such as USB 2.0, and 802.11b
(Wi-Fi) wireless LAN, enabling users to connect to the Internet and play
online via a wireless network.* Up to 16 PSPs in the vicinity can also be
connected to each other directly in ad-hoc mode, allowing for wireless
head-to-head competition. In addition, wireless capabilities will allow
software and data to be downloaded to a PSP and saved onto a Memory Stick Duo.
PSP also adopts a newly developed proprietary, compact, but high-capacity
optical disc, Universal Media Disc (UMD(TM)), as its storage medium. UMD is
the next-generation compact storage media, only 60mm in diameter but can store
up to 1.8GB of digital data -- more than three times the data held on a
CD-ROM. A broad range of digital entertainment content such as high quality
3D games, music, movies, video clips and other programs can be distributed on
UMD. To protect this content, a robust copyright protection system has been
developed for UMD, which utilizes a combination of a unique disc ID, 128 bit
AES encryption keys for the media, and individual ID for each PSP hardware
unit.

PSP (PlayStationPortable) Basic Specifications and Features

Product Name PSP(TM) (PlayStation(R)Portable)
Color Black
Product Code PSP-1001K
Dimensions Approximately 6.7 in (W) x .9 in (H) x 2.9 in (D)
Weight Approximately 280g / .62 lbs (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 / 130 / 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 Duo(TM)
IrDA
IR Remote
Main Connectors Memory Stick Duo(TM) 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 shoulder 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]: "UMD": H.264/MPEG-4 AVC Main Profile Level3
[Video}: "Memory Stick": MPEG-4 SP,AAC
[Music]: "UMD": linear PCM,ATRAC3plus(TM)
[Music}: "Memory Stick": ATRAC3plus(TM),MP3(MPEG1/2
Layer3)
[Photo]: JPEG (DCF2.0/Exif2.21)
Security (Encryption) 128bit AES (Copyright protection
technology) MagicGate(TM)
Access control Region, Parental Control
Wireless
communications
IEEE802.11b Infrastructure mode
Ad hoc mode (connection up to 16 consoles)
PSP Value Pack
supplied
accessories AC adaptor
Battery pack
Memory Stick Duo (32 MB)
Headphone with remote control
Soft case and cloth
UMD In-pack Sampler

About PSP(TM) (PlayStation(R) Portable)
PSP(TM) (PlayStation(R) Portable) is a new portable entertainment system
that allows users to enjoy 3D games, high-quality full-motion video, and
high-fidelity stereo audio. With graphics rendering capability comparable to
that of PlayStation(R)2, PSP features a 4.3 inch widescreen, high-resolution
TFT display. PSP also adopts a newly developed compact but high-capacity
(1.8GB) optical disc, Universal Media Disc (UMD(TM)), as its storage medium.
With a wide range of accessories and connectivity options, including Memory
Stick Duo, USB 2.0, IR port and WiFi wireless LAN, PSP is the new
entertainment platform from PlayStation.

About Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc.
Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. continues to redefine the
entertainment lifestyle with its PlayStation(R) and PS one(TM) game console,
the PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system and the PSP(TM)
(PlayStation(R) Portable) handheld entertainment system. The PlayStation 2
computer entertainment system is set to revolutionize the home entertainment
market, offering the most compelling interactive content and the capability to
be used as a network terminal in the coming broadband era. PSP is a new
portable entertainment system that allows users to enjoy 3D games, with
high-quality full-motion video, and high-fidelity stereo audio.
Recognized as the undisputed industry leader, Sony Computer Entertainment
America Inc. markets the PlayStation family of products and develops,
publishes, markets and distributes software for the PS one game console, the
PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system and the PSP handheld entertainment
system for the North American market. Based in Foster City, Calif. Sony
Computer Entertainment America Inc. serves as headquarters for all North
American operations and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony Computer
Entertainment Inc.
Visit us on the Web at www.us.playstation.com.

*Certain game restrictions may apply. Access may be subject to Wi-Fi
fees.

NOTE: PlayStation and the PlayStation logo and UMD are registered
trademarks of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. PSP is a trademark of Sony
Computer Entertainment Inc.
All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.
Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo, ATRAC3plus and MagicGate are
trademarks of Sony Corporation.
Spider-Man 2, the movie(C) 2004 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. All
rights reserved.
Spider-Man Character (R) & (C) 2004 Marvel Characters, Inc. All rights
reserved
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