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PSP pre-release discussion
« on: February 03, 2005, 09:35:46 AM »

PSP Set to Release on March 24 Across North America

Sony Computer Entertainment America to Retail Single SKU PSP Value Pack for $249.99

FOSTER CITY, Calif., Feb. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. announced today the North American launch details for its highly anticipated PSP(TM) (PlayStation(R) Portable) handheld entertainment system. Available through retail outlets on March 24, the company continues its consumer-centric legacy with the release of the PSP Value Pack for a suggested retail price of $249.99 U.S./$299.99 CND. In addition to the revolutionary PSP hardware, the PSP Value Pack contains an unprecedented added-value package of accessories and entertainment content, including 32 MB Memory Stick Duo(TM), headphones with remote control, battery pack, AC adaptor, soft case and cleaning cloth, movie/music/game video sampler UMD disc including multiple non-interactive game demos, and for the first one million PSP Value Packs shipped, a special UMD video release of the feature film Spider-Man(TM) 2 from Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Sony Computer Entertainment will manufacture one million units for sale in the North American market by the close of its fiscal year ending March 31. This figure is part of the company's total three-million-unit worldwide PSP system shipment estimate within the same time period. PSP released in Japan on December 12, 2004 and is already a hit, with more than 800,000 units shipped, including a 200,000-unit allocation that sold out on day one.

PSP sets a new standard as the first truly integrated portable entertainment system designed to provide consumers with a comprehensive entertainment experience including games, music, movies, communication, and wireless networking. Featuring graphics rendering capabilities comparable to the company's leading in-home console, PlayStation(R)2, PSP brings an unparalleled gaming experience to a portable platform, allowing users to enjoy 3D games, with high-quality, full-motion video, and high-fidelity stereo audio. PSP also allows for digital photo display and supports digital music playback in both MP3 and ATRAC formats.

"PSP will evolve and elevate portable entertainment, giving users the freedom to play full 3D games, watch movies, listen to music and connect wirelessly on their terms, their time and their place," said Kaz Hirai, president and chief executive officer, Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. "More than ever, today's consumer demands access to entertainment outside the home without compromising quality. With more than 100 PSP game titles currently in development worldwide, and the ability to download and listen to digital music and view feature films with breathtaking screen quality, PSP lets users control their entertainment options, all in one package."

PSP features an unmatched 4.3-inch, 16:9 wide screen TFT LCD that displays full color (16.77 million colors) on a 480 x 272 pixel high-resolution screen. PSP also comes complete with built-in stereo speakers, exterior headphone connector and diverse 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 PSPs in the vicinity can also be connected to each other directly in ad-hoc mode, allowing for wireless head-to-head competition. In addition, wireless capabilities will allow software and data to be downloaded to a PSP and saved onto a Memory Stick Duo.

PSP also adopts a newly developed proprietary, compact, but high-capacity optical disc, Universal Media Disc (UMD(TM)), as its storage medium. UMD is the next-generation compact storage media, only 60mm in diameter but can store up to 1.8GB of digital data -- more than three times the data held on a CD-ROM. A broad range of digital entertainment content such as high quality 3D games, music, movies, video clips and other programs can be distributed on UMD. To protect this content, a robust copyright protection system has been developed for UMD, which utilizes a combination of a unique disc ID, 128 bit AES encryption keys for the media, and individual ID for each PSP hardware unit.

† † †PSP (PlayStationPortable) Basic Specifications and Features

† † †Product Name† † † † PSP(TM) (PlayStation(R)Portable)
† † †Color† † † † † † † † † † †Black
† † †Product Code† † † † PSP-1001K
† † †Dimensions† † † † †† Approximately 6.7 in (W) x .9 in (H) x 2.9 in (D)
† † †Weight† † † † † † †† † Approximately 280g / .62 lbs (including battery)
† † †CPU† † † † † † † †† † † †PSP CPU (System clock frequency 1 - 333MHz)
† † †Main Memory† † † † †32MB
† † †Embedded DRAM† † † †4MB
† † †Display† † † † † †† † † †4.3 inch, 16:9 Wide screen TFT LCD
† † † † † † † † † †† † † † † † † †480 x 272 pixel, 16.77 million colors
† † † † † † † † †† † † † † † † † †Maximum luminance 180 / 130 / 80cd/m2 (when using†battery pack)
† † † † † † † † † † †† † † † † † †Maximum luminance 200 / 180 / 130 / 80cd/m2 (when†using AC adaptor)
† † †Sound† † † †† † †† † † †Built-in stereo speakers
† † †Main Input/Output†† ††IEEE 802.11b (Wi-Fi)
† † † † † † † † † † † †† † † † ††USB 2.0 (mini-B)
† † † † † † † † † † † †† † † † ††Memory Stick Duo(TM)
† † † † † † † † † † †† † † † †† †IrDA
† † † † † † † † † † †† † † † †† †IR Remote
† † †Main Connectors† † †Memory Stick Duo(TM) Slot
† † † † † † † † † †† † † † † † †USB connector
† † † † † † † † † †† † † † † † †DC OUT connector
† † † † † † † † †† † † † † † † †DC IN 5V connector
† † † † † † † † †† † † † † † † †Headset connector
† † †Keys/Switches† † Directional buttons (Up/Down/Right/Left)
† † † † † † † † †† † † † † † † †Analog Stick
† † † † † † † † †† † † † † † † †Enter keys (Triangle, Circle, Cross, Square)
† † † † † † † † †† † † † † † † †Left, Right shoulder buttons x 1
† † † † † † † † †† † † † † † † †START button, SELECT button, HOME button x 1
† † † † † † † † † †† † † † † † †POWER/HOLD switch x 1
† † † † † † † † †† † † † † † † †Display button, Sound button, Volume +/- buttons x 1
† † † † † † † † †† † † †† † † †Wireless LAN switch (ON/OFF) x 1
† † † † † † † † †† † † †† † † †OPEN latch (UMD) x 1
† † †Power† † †† † † † † †Lithium-ion Battery
† † † † † † † † † †† † † †† † †AC Adaptor
† † †Disc Drive† † † † † UMD Drive (Read only)
† † †Profile† † † †† † † † †PSP Game
† † † † † † † † † †† † † † † †UMD Audio (profile name TBD)
† † † † † † † † † †† † † † † †UMD Video (profile name TBD)
† † †Codec† † † † † † † †[Video]:† "UMD": H.264/MPEG-4 AVC Main Profile Level3
† † † † † † † † † † †† † † † †[Video}: "Memory Stick":† MPEG-4 SP,AAC
† † † † † † † †† † † † † † † †[Music]:† "UMD":† linear PCM,ATRAC3plus(TM)
† † † † † † † †† † † † † † † †[Music}:† "Memory Stick":† ATRAC3plus(TM),MP3(MPEG1/2†Layer3)
† † † † † † † † † †† † † † † †[Photo]:† JPEG (DCF2.0/Exif2.21)
† † †Security† † † † † † (Encryption) 128bit AES (Copyright protection†technology) MagicGate(TM)
† † †Access control†† Region, Parental Control
† † †Wireless communications
† † † † † † † † † † † † † † † EEE802.11b
Infrastructure mode†
† † † † † † † † † † † † † † ††Ad hoc mode (connection up to 16 consoles)
† † †PSP Value Pack supplied accessories
† † † † † † † † † † † † † † † AC adaptor
† † † † † † † † † † † †† † † †Battery pack
† † † † † † † † † † †† † † † †Memory Stick Duo (32 MB)
† † † † † † † † † † †† † † † †Headphone with remote control
† † † † † † † †† † † † † † † †Soft case and cloth
† † † † † † † † †† † † † † † †UMD In-pack Sampler
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Re: PSP US price & launch date announced
« Reply #1 on: February 03, 2005, 09:40:02 AM »

Ack!

OK, maybe I'll wait a while.
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Re: PSP US price & launch date announced
« Reply #2 on: February 03, 2005, 09:42:36 AM »

Much higher price than was rumored/hoped. I can't buy one of those at that price with the current manufacture problems. I'll wait for 2nd gen. If you're in the first million customers, though, you'll get the Spiderman 2 movie disk. The "non-interactive" game demos are a big mistake, though.
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Re: PSP US price & launch date announced
« Reply #3 on: February 03, 2005, 09:48:00 AM »

Nintendo is probably pretty happy to see this news.

I just want a bare system.† I'll buy my own Memory Stick, one that's large enough to hold a couple of TV shows.† I don't have any desire to use the system as an overweight, capacity-limited iPod, so I don't need their fancy headphones/remote.† I don't want their crappy case, I want a better one from somebody like Rhinoskin.† I don't give a flying fuck about their lame demo disc or their Spiderman 2 movie.† They are charging at least $50 for a bunch of inferior crap that I don't want.

Maybe Xmas 2005 will turn up a bare system with revision 2 hardware for $175 or $200.† I want to play Mercury real bad, but not bad enough to drop $290 on it and a system that might have bad pixels, a sticking button, or other questionable behavior.

'Launch Window' titles, starting at $39.99:

-- Ape Escape(R): On the Loose, Sony Computer Entertainment America
-- ATV Offroad Fury(R): Blazin' Trails, Sony Computer Entertainment
America
-- Darkstalkers Chronicle(TM): The Chaos Tower, Capcom
-- Dynasty Warriors(R), KOEI
-- FIFA 2005, Electronic Arts
-- Gretzky(TM) NHL(R), Sony Computer Entertainment America
-- Lumines(TM), Ubisoft
-- Metal Gear Acid(TM), Konami
-- MLB(TM), Sony Computer Entertainment America
-- MVP Baseball, Electronic Arts
-- NBA, Sony Computer Entertainment America
-- NBA Street Showdown, Electronic Arts
-- Need for Speed(TM) Rivals, Electronic Arts
-- NFL Street 2 Unleashed, Electronic Arts
-- Rengoku(TM): Tower of Purgatory, Konami
-- Ridge Racer(TM), Namco
-- Smartbomb, Eidos Interactive
-- Spider-Man 2(TM), Activision
-- Tiger Woods PGA TOUR(R), Electronic Arts
-- Tony Hawk's Underground 2 Remix, Activision
-- Twisted Metal: Head On(TM), Sony Computer Entertainment America
-- Untold Legends: Brotherhood of the Blade, Sony Online Entertainment
-- Wipeout(R) Pure, Sony Computer Entertainment America
-- World Tour Soccer, Sony Computer Entertainment America


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Re: PSP US price & launch date announced
« Reply #4 on: February 03, 2005, 11:06:56 AM »

This is really disappointing news.  I wanted to grab it at launch, but the price and the questionable button architecture mean I'll be waiting.
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Re: PSP US price & launch date announced
« Reply #5 on: February 03, 2005, 12:31:49 PM »

Not that I was really planning on getting one right away, but the price does seem a little high.  As Mike said, I'm sure its price has been inflated by at least $50 with all the accessories that people might not necessarily want.
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Re: PSP US price & launch date announced
« Reply #6 on: February 03, 2005, 02:03:40 PM »

I'll wait.  Maybe they will offer a basic one without all the crap or at least fix some of the "problems." 
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Re: PSP US price & launch date announced
« Reply #7 on: February 03, 2005, 02:50:16 PM »



We're going to Disneyland buying a PSP!
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Re: PSP US price & launch date announced
« Reply #8 on: February 03, 2005, 03:29:43 PM »

PSP wasnít high on my buy list to begin with.  Add in dead pixels, a sticky button and a $250 price tag that includes a bunch of shit I donít want or need, and this is definitely moving to a 2005 Xmas list item, if even that. 

Oh, and $50 games?  I barely pay that for my consol games now.  I havenít bought one DS game that was more than $30.
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Re: PSP US price & launch date announced
« Reply #9 on: February 03, 2005, 04:14:44 PM »

No brainer.  I'll be waiting, for what could be a long time, as I don't want to pay more than $150 for it.

I'm actually glad it came out with such a high MSRP, makes my decision to wait that much easier.

BTW, I agree that the stuff they include in the deluxe package is shite.

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« Reply #10 on: February 03, 2005, 04:36:27 PM »

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BTW, I agree that the stuff they include in the deluxe package is shite.

Don't forget the battery and the AC adaptor!

I'm surprised they didn't list 'styrofoam packing inserts' and 'warranty card' as included items.
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« Reply #11 on: February 03, 2005, 05:16:49 PM »

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I'm surprised they didn't list 'styrofoam packing inserts' and 'warranty card' as included items.

That about as stupid as a studio listing 'interactive menus' as a special feature on a DVD.
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« Reply #12 on: February 04, 2005, 04:36:24 PM »

Here's some news that ticks me off about the PSP.† If you copy your own movie to memory stick with either of the commercial applications, you have to use 320x240 resolution and S T R E T C H it to fill the native PSP 480x272 resolution.† They did this so that your own rips will have less resolution and scaling artifacts.† Why?† To try to get people to buy UMD movies.

Regarding the launch, I'm sticking by my iPod theory, but there is another consideration.  Sony is going to sell as many units as they can produce for the first few months.  They could release a bare unit for $175, or this combo pack for $250, and they are still going to sell out.  So they are going to try to make as much money as they possibly can until production catches up with demand.  On top of that, the real battle starts on Black Friday, 2005.  This gives them seven months to 'feel out' the market by starting with a high price, then possibly adjusting the price downward a couple of times, to see how the market responds (including how well DS sales go).    The real pricing strategy for the 'battle' is probably still being determined, and it won't kick in until November, when XMas shopping starts.

I'm still tempted, even at $250, and there was a time that I would have bought.  If I didn't have a lot of other games coming out in March (and this summer), I'd probably have to bite.   It is a very powerful system, you are still getting a lot for your money.  The current glitches/risks make the decision easier.  Boy, I've become a real tightwad.
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Re: PSP US price & launch date announced
« Reply #13 on: February 05, 2005, 05:20:48 PM »

I think it would be more along the lines of carefully cautious. It's ano-go on this for me, as much as I want to play a few of the games, I don't really want Spidey 2 and only a 32mb memory stick for the extra money. Moreso, I'm worried about the couple of known design ticks. I'll wait and maybe get it in May or June when things slow down a bit or when I know that design issues have been readdressed. In the meantime, I thin kI'l lfinally breakdown and get a DS.
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Re: PSP US price & launch date announced
« Reply #14 on: February 07, 2005, 11:59:50 AM »

If it wasn't for the few problems, I'd buy one.  Hell, it's basically "free" for me....
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