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The GPS Receiver sits on top of the PSP
Add-on gives PSP navigational functionality, while giving developers another peripheral to play with

If you’re planning to trek out to uncharted territory and don’t like getting lost, then the answer may be within your PSP. Sony has released its GPS Receiver add-on for its handheld game system, which adds navigation functionality to the PSP.

The GPS Receiver measures 45mm x 41mm x 17mm and weighs approximately 16 grams. It sits on top of the PSP expansion socket and is bolted onto the system with a thumbscrew.

The current GPS software enables road car navigation (for Japan), walking routes, and shops directory – all much like current standalone GPS offerings. Updates to maps will be offered via Sony’s usual network channels.

With the lack of touch-screen functionality on the PSP, its GPS usability will likely lag behind those of GPS systems with easier input methods other than using the d-pad. Still, Sony’s offering represents one of the cheapest entries into GPS navigation, provided that you already own a PSP. The local price for this is 5,000 yen (US$43), but Play-Asia is selling the import unit to the U.S. for $59.90, plus $8.80 shipping.

While its use as a navigation solution may end up being quite limited, developers have already incorporated the GPS functionality into its games. In the Japanese version of the new Hot Shots Golf title, players can use the GPS-enabled PSP as a golf course map for real golf courses, letting the golfer check his or distances from the pin, traps and other things. Metal Gear: Portable Ops integrates the player’s physical location into the game to unlock new locations and characters.

The product is currently only for sale in Japan, but Sony will likely release it in North America and Europe within the near future.



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wonder if DS may follow
By Sungpooz on 12/8/2006 10:33:35 AM , Rating: 2
Would this be a reason to buy the PSP just for GPS? no, but it sounds like a good thing for ppl who did get PSP in the first place.

wonder if DS would get something like this...

never heard plans of this previously tho- good brain fart sony :)

it doesn't look bad




RE: wonder if DS may follow
By Aikouka on 12/8/2006 11:36:57 AM , Rating: 2
Yes, it can be quite handy in one of those sticky situations you may end up in and for a small adoption cost, it's cheaper than other solutions. It's somewhat comparable to buying the HD-DVD add-on for the XBOX 360 (if you already own a device, you just pay the smaller fee for the add-on device), and it's a decent model to follow for people who don't necessarily want all the functionality.

I'm not horribly knowledgeable on GPS devices, but don't they require map packs? So the Japanese GPS would probably only have map packs for Japan and I'm not sure if they'd require a memory stick or be built into a UMD cartridge? Viable questions for American adopters!


RE: wonder if DS may follow
By darkpaw on 12/8/2006 12:17:02 PM , Rating: 1
Yah, the GPS needs some source of map information and of course the more info the more space.

Thats the main reason I don't think it would work on the DS even though it would be pretty neat. DS cards I believe are limited to 1GB and there is no way to add additonal storage. I'm not sure how much of the DS space is reusable. The PSP at least has the option for additional or updated maps through the memory slot.

Would be pretty neat on the DS though with the touch screen.



RE: wonder if DS may follow
By SilthDraeth on 12/8/2006 7:17:49 PM , Rating: 2
Actually DS has a GPS solution, it is just homebrew.


RE: wonder if DS may follow
By SilthDraeth on 12/8/2006 7:20:56 PM , Rating: 2
Sorry, here is the link.
http://www.natrium42.com/blog/?p=31


RE: wonder if DS may follow
By otispunkmeyer on 12/9/2006 6:33:27 AM , Rating: 2
1 gig might be enough?

tomtom can fit the whole UK on a 128mb SD card. not sure how big it would need to be for the US though.

i just sold my PSP a few months ago too becuase it basically didnt have a use.

i wont miss this though, already have a TomTom nav 5 and i use it with my Dell Axim x51v.... the 640x480 res is just magic for sat nav


RE: wonder if DS may follow
By Topweasel on 12/8/2006 1:50:36 PM , Rating: 3
This is very good for someone like me who purchased the system and now feels like its the worst waste of money in the world.

I liked the Movie portion but they kept UMDs at 90% of of DVD costs and the games haven't been worth while.


Pretty nice
By OutsidaII on 12/8/2006 11:20:40 AM , Rating: 2
I have really enjoyed my PSP just for all the various things I could already do with it. The addition of a relatively inexpensive GPS makes it even better. I use my PSP a lot in the car already so having this add-on would be great.




niccce
By Randum on 12/8/2006 11:29:39 AM , Rating: 2
Can't wait to get this for car rides, looks like a dead on price for that. And no montly fee? Not bad, right now my cell phone offers a nice GPS nav but for a monthly fee.

The nice PSP screen...and a good car mount...alright!




if i import this...
By Samus on 12/8/2006 7:16:59 PM , Rating: 2
will it have US maps?




so... the dead system is news?
By Saist on 12/10/2006 6:34:52 PM , Rating: 1
I guess seeing a post about the Playstation Portable is sort of like seeing a post about the Sega Nomad after the GameBoy Advance had launched. It makes you chuckle and wonder who actually bought it.

Having been one of the idiots who did actually buy a PSP, I can say that the system was easily the worst $250 I ever spent on anything related to a computer. It's a horrible wireless browser, a horrible music player, a lousy media player, and has a game library about as anemic as the Virtual Boy. Would a GPS add-along actually make the system worth it to me?

No. It would not. And here is why:

About the only two times I ever actually need a GPS system are either when I am driving, or I am playing Paintball (or any other sport where you may travel a long distance). Now, when I am driving the PSP is pointless as a GPS system. Even if someone does make a mod that allows the GPS to give turn by turn instructions, I'd have to go through the trouble of mounting the PSP somewhere on the front dash. Doesn't sound like a good idea to me. Even If I do figure out how to static mount the PSP, then I actually have to use it while traveling. Again, not a good idea. So it is not about to replace the "Tom-Tom" or any other GPS navigation device out there.

And as far as sports go, the PSP is /extremely/ delicate. One hit with a paintball at 250+ Feet per second and it is toast. Not that I would take my DS out on the field either for that matter, although the original probably could take a smack or two. Lets say that I went skiing, canoing, mountain bike riding, or anything like that... Am I really going to pull out a PSP on the top of Mt. Snowshoe and try to figure out where on the slopes I am? If I'm running down the Chattooga or Nantahala rivers on a kayak or raft, am I going to be packing ANY electronic equipment that isn't explicitly water proof?

No.

The point is that GPS sounds like a nice idea, but it suffers from the same problem the PSP does. It just is not practical for everyday use.




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