14. May, 2003 13:50 (HKT)

E3 News: Sony announces PlayStation Portable (PSP) handheld for release in 2004

PlayStation Portable (PSP)

After a lot of rumours, Ken Kutaragi has now officially announced that Sony is going to enter the handheld market, with the release of their PlayStation Portable (PSP), which will utilize Sony's Universal MiniDisc (UMD) as the media. Each UMD can hold up to 1.8GB of data.

Unfortunately no prototype was presented yet but the release has been announced for end of 2004. Believing Ken Kutaragi, the PSP will become the Walkman of the 21st century.

A list of specs has been announced yet, which looks indeed promising:

  • Media: Universal Media Disc (UMD), 1.8GB, 60mm
  • Display: 4.5" TFT LCD, 16:9 Widescreen with Backlit
  • Video Codec: Ability to playback MPEG4 encoded video
  • Resolution: 480 x 272 pixels
  • Graphics: 3D polygons and NURBS (Non Uniform Rational B-Spline)
  • Superior graphics compared to PSOne standards
  • Sound: PCM, built-in stereo speakers, stereo headphone jack
  • Processor: 32-bit, architecture, 90nm technology
  • Sound: 3D Digital ATRAC Audio
  • Expansion: Can be connected with PS2 and other PSP using USB 2.0
  • Memory Card: Sony's Memory Stick
  • Battery: Rechargeable
  • Territory: No regional lockout, can run games from all regions
  • Anti-Piracy technology
  • Plays around 2 hours of Full Motion Videos in DVD quality
  • Control buttons will be similar compared to a Dual Shock Joypad

    We are looking forward for more information throughout this year and will be happy to see Sony entering the handheld market at last.

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