E3 2003: More details about the PSP
Here are all the details about Sony Computer Entertainment's first handheld console, the PSP!

- Easily the most surprising announcement from Sony Computer Entertainment at the Electronic Entertainment Expo regards the launch of a new handheld consoles developed by SCE and scheduled for a release in the fourth quarter of 2003.

The new console will be called “PSP” or “PlayStation Portable”. Ken Kutaragi, president of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc., didn’t hesitate to call the “PSP” the “Walkman of the 21st century”; behind the portability of the system is the Universal Media Disc, 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 classic ROM cartridges – those still used for GameBoy consoles – the UMD has the evident advantages of having larger data capacity and lowering media costs; Sony also highlighted that the UMD will feature an advanced copy-protection technology to offer developers and publishers a safe copy-protected environment.

But the “PSP” will offer plenty of “portable” wonders. The unit will be equipped with a wide screen 480 x 272 (16:9) pixel TFT LCD monitor with a backlight. Even more exciting will be the performances of the system, able to render fully 3D environments 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.

This small wonder will also have an USB 2.0 port to allow connectivity with other PSP units and the Playstation 2, along with a Memory Stick slot for network applications and data transportability in a wireless environment.

"PSP" Specifications
Platform name: PSPTM
Display: Wide screen (16:9) TFT LCD with backlight
(480 x 272 dots)
Disc medium: "UMD" 60mm optical secured ROM disc with cartridge (1.8GB)
Graphics: 3D Polygon/NURBS
Sound: PCM (built-in stereo speakers, stereo headphone output)
I/O: USB 2.0, Memory StickTM slot
Battery: Rechargeable (lithium-ion)

(Posted: Tuesday, May 13, 2003, 2:00PM GMT)

- Harry

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