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Sony Playstation Portable Hits North American Shores

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Sony Playstation Portable

Sony brought their own version of portable entertainment supremacy onto North America shores today with the launch of their highly anticipated Playstation Portable (PSP). The new PSP combines a portable gaming platform with a device which can play music and movies. More details on today's launch, including movie and gaming titles available, can be found in the text of Sony's press release below:

FOSTER CITY, Calif., March 24...Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. announced today the highly anticipated PSP(TM) (PlayStation(R) Portable) portable entertainment system is now available in North America. Setting a precedent as the first-ever integrated portable entertainment system designed to provide consumers with a comprehensive entertainment experience including games, music, movies, communication, and wireless networking, the PSP system builds upon the company's heritage of innovative products that define a new entertainment landscape to meet consumers' lifestyles.

The PSP Value Pack:

In anticipation of the overwhelming consumer demand for PSP, there will be one million PSP Value Pack units available in retail outlets across the country for today's launch. Extending its consumer-centric approach to the business, the PSP Value Pack is available for a suggested retail price of $249.99 US/$299.99 CND, and contains the following:

-- PSP(TM) (PlayStation(R) Portable)
-- AC Adaptor
-- Battery Pack
-- Memory Stick Duo(TM) (32 MB)
-- Headphone with remote control
-- Soft Case
-- Wrist Strap
-- Cleaning Cloth
-- UMD in-pack game/movie/music sampler
-- Spider-Man(TM) 2 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (for the first 1 Million PSP Value Packs shipped)

"The launch of PSP in North America marks a new chapter in portable entertainment, giving consumers the freedom to access the entirety of their entertainment options without sacrificing quality all through one extraordinary product," said Kaz Hirai, president and chief executive officer, Sony Computer Entertainment America. "As the tremendous response to PSP continues to grow, we are redefining the marketplace with a comprehensive portable entertainment system."

The PSP Features:

Market leading Sony Computer Entertainment America's first foray into the portable market, PSP allows for the viewing of movies, digital photo display and supports digital music playback in both MP3 and ATRAC formats. With gaming at the product's core, PSP features graphics rendering capabilities comparable to the leading in-home console, PlayStation 2, bringing an unmatched gaming experience to a portable platform, allowing users to play 3D games, with full-motion video, and high-fidelity stereo audio. PSP also comes complete with built-in stereo speakers, exterior headphone connector and 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 PSP systems in the vicinity can also be connected to each other directly, allowing for wireless head-to-head competition. In addition, wireless capabilities allow software and data to be downloaded to a PSP and saved onto a Memory Stick Duo.

PSP Games:

PSP has amassed an unsurpassed line-up of 24 titles from the world's leading software development firms available in North America during the launch window. With an additional 23 titles currently in development in North America and 100 titles currently in development world wide, PSP will launch with a broad cross section of entertainment genres and support from publishing leaders Activision, Capcom, Eidos Interactive, Electronic Arts, Koei, Konami, Namco, and Sony Online Entertainment.
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