Sony Releases Additional Specs for PSP

By Joseph Moran

July 29, 2003

The company reveals some more detailed specifications for its upcoming gaming handheld, including an as-yet-unspecified wireless capability.

At a conference in Tokyo this week, Sony released some additional data regarding its forthcoming PSP handheld console.

Calling it a "21st century Walkman", Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Ken Kutaragi outlined some of the advanced capabilities of the product.

"We will be using some challenging technologies including wireless LAN," says Kutaragi.

The statement would seem to imply that the PSP will feature a flavor of 802.11 technology, but it could possibly be a reference to Bluetooth. Both wireless technologies utilize the same 2.4 GHz RF frequency, though the former provides considerably higher bandwidth and range. Either technology could conceivably be used to facilitate multi-player wireless gaming among players in close proximity.

Sony also indicated that the PSP would contain two MIPS R4000 CPUs, 8 MB of DRAM, and a 4.5-inch screen with a 16:9 aspect ratio. Kutaragi added that the PSP would employ security technology to guard against software piracy.

Sony has not released a price for the PSP, which is due to ship in the fourth quarter of 2004. Analysts expect it to cost between 19,000 and 30,000 yen ($159-$251). "We plan to demonstrate our prototype version of the PSP at the E3 trade show in the United States next May, and a software line-up at the Tokyo Game Show, ahead of the worldwide launch in the fourth quarter of 2004," Kutaragi said.

Reprinted from GameMarketwatch.



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