As reported at Gamespot
Sony has finally revealed their long-rumored portable console,
which is to be called the PSP (which we assume to mean PlayStation
Portable). Below is the press
release on the new device:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SONY COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT READIES FOR MARKET EXPANSION
WITH CREATION OF A NEW HANDHELD ENTERTAINMENT PLATFORM
Company Unveils Plans to Extend PlayStation- Family of
Products with "PSP."
LOS ANGELES, May 13, 2003 - Enhancing its strong platform
strategies, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) announced
today plans to expand its in-home entertainment to outside
the home with a new, all-in-one portable entertainment platform,
The introduction of "PSP" highlights the company's long-awaited
foray into the portable entertainment market. With unmatched
advantages of the Sony Group, such as global brand awareness,
superior technologies in the most advanced semiconductor processes,
"PSP" further broadens entertainment experiences into the
The foundation of this new platform is Universal Media
Disc (UMD), which comprises of a 60mm optical disc (1.8 GB)
in a cartridge, developed by the Sony Group, utilizing its
latest disc technologies. Compared to the out-dated mask ROM
cartridge, optical disc has huge advantages such as shorter
turn around time for manufacturing, larger data capacity and
lower media costs. The latest copy-protection technology will
be applied to offer content developers and publishers a safe
and copy-protected environment.
"PSP" will be equipped with a wide screen 480 x 272 pixel
(16 by 9) TFT LCD monitor with a backlight, and powered by
super chipsets utilizing the latest 90 nm semiconductor technology.
For graphics, 3D rendering will be enhanced by the employment
of curved surfaces (NURBS) along with conventional polygons.
Video quality will also be enhanced with MPEG4, which delivers
quality equivalent to DVD video at a low data rate.
"PSP" will have an USB 2.0 port for further expandability
and connectivity to other devices, such as "PSP," PlayStation
2 and many other systems, along with a Memory StickTM slot
for network applications and data transportability in a wireless
SCEI will offer PC-based development tools starting from
fall 2003 for the preparation of a new range of computer entertainment
content. A new license scheme for "PSP" software development
will be announced in summer 2003. Pursuing the founding principles
of the PlayStation business, Sony Computer Entertainment will
expand its efforts to support content developers to create
new forms of computer entertainment.
Together with its business partners, SCEI aims to aggressively
promote this new platform to further broaden the arena of
"Just as PlayStation and PlayStation 2 revolutionized
in-home computer entertainment, we aim to become a new driving
force in the portable entertainment platform arena," said
Ken Kutaragi, president and CEO, Sony Computer Entertainment
Inc. "The world of PlayStation encompasses hundreds of millions
of users worldwide, most of whom view computer entertainment
as part of their everyday lives. We look forward to extending
the experience through a portable entertainment platform,
and are excited about the possibilities and impact 'PSP' will
have on the market. Along with game applications, 'PSP' will
have a huge potential for delivering other forms of entertainment
as well as live entertainment through the network, anywhere,
anytime. This is the 'Walkman' of the 21st century."
Platform name: PSP»
Display: Wide screen (16:9) TFT LCD with backlight (480 x
Disc medium: "UMD" 60mm optical secured ROM disc with cartridge
Video CODEC: MPEG4
Graphics: 3D Polygon/NURBS
Sound: PCM (built-in stereo speakers, stereo headphone
I/O: USB 2.0, Memory StickTM slot
Battery: Rechargeable (lithium-ion)
About Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
Recognized as the global leader and company responsible for
the progression of consumer-based computer entertainment,
Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) manufacturers, distributes
and markets the PlayStation- game console and PlayStation-2
computer entertainment system. SCEI, along with its subsidiary
divisions Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc., Sony Computer
Entertainment Europe Ltd. and Sony Computer Entertainment
Korea Inc., develops, publishes, markets and distributes software,
and manages the third party licensing programs for these two
platforms in the respective markets worldwide. Headquartered
in Tokyo, Japan, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. is an independent
business unit of the Sony Group.
PlayStation and the PlayStation logo, PS one and PS2 are
registered trademarks of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.
Sony has commented that the handheld will be more powerful
than the original Playstation and will feature 3D graphics
with a backlit screen. The game medium will be a mini-disc
format that holds about 1.8 GB. Throw in a memory-stick (which
acts like memory cards) and rechargeable battery and Sony
may have a worthy portable.
While Sony hasn't revealed any potential titles or even revealed
the design (as of yet), there's a good chance that it'll feature
analog control and probably a flip-top cover for inserting