Sony Play Station Portable released in Europe with Games and
August 31st 2005
Sony released its new Play Station Portable (PSP)
in Europe expecting them to sell out quickly. This is predicted to
be the biggest launch for an “electrical good” in the UK ever.
Stores opened at midnight to capitalize on early sales.
The small console can play video games, movies,
display photos and video images, and store music. ITN reports the
portable is expected to be the number on Christmas gift this year.
The price is £179.99 (or €249).
There are currently 25 to 30 games available for
the PSP in different parts of Europe. Movies can be played on the
portable as well. Currently only two studios support the Universal
Media Disc (UMD) format, Dreamworks and Warner. This is Sony’s new
mini disk DVD design that is capable of holding 1.8GB.
The movies and games are viewed on an 11 cm
screen. So far only 18 movies have been released in the UK but it
is hoped that 100 will be available by Christmas. Sony has
offered a free Spider-Man 2 movie
with each PSP purchase.
The PSP has been available in the US and Japan
with over 5 million units sold worldwide.
The PSP Value Pack contains
the PSP system with a pouch, 32MB Memory Stick Duo, Battery Pack,
Headphones with Remote Control, AC Adaptor, Wrist Strap, cloth and a
video/music/game sampler Universal Media DiscT (UMDTM) including
several game demos.
Gamers will be able to challenge other gamers over
a wireless connection. Some of the games include Ridge Racer; World
Tour Soccer, Everybody's Golf, Ape Academy, 1m Dash, and MediEvilTM:
The PSP features wireless
LAN capabilities. This enables users to connect to the internet via
a 'WiFi hotspot' and play online across a Wireless Network. The
wireless Ad Hoc Mode allows up to 16 PSP systems to be connected to
each other directly. This allows for head-to-head wireless
competition with other neighboring players.
According to Myth Games
“Wireless functionality is also cleverly exploited in many of the
game titles available at launch; GameSharing allows owners of games
such as WipEout Pure and Fired Up to share levels of their game with
other PSP users, whilst with WipEout Pure gamers can download new
crafts, tracks and other content to Memory Stick to further enhance
their enjoyment of the game. FORMULA ONE fans will be able to expand
their gameplay with a downloadable end of season pack for F1 Grand
Prix, including all the grid line-ups for the season and a bonus
On August 24th Sony Computer
Entertainment America announced the availability of an all-new
firmware upgrade for its market-leading PSP™ (PlayStation®Portable)
system. This is designed to complement the comprehensive
entertainment experience of games, movies, music, photos and
wireless connectivity provided by the revolutionary portable device,
the firmware 2.0 upgrade will allow users to take advantage of the
unit's built-in Wi-Fi* capability and to wirelessly search the
Internet from Internet Access Points or "hot spots". The upgrade
will also provide increased Wi-Fi security and personalization tools
together with photo sharing and expanded video and audio playback
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