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PSP-3000 Japan launch date confirmed

Sony Corp will launch the PSP-3000 in Japan on October 16 according to Japanese game site Famitsu. The new model of the PlayStation Portable will sell for 19,800 yen ($182), the same price as the current PSP model.

The redesigned PSP’s distinguishing features are a brighter screen and a built in microphone. The display has been improved, with higher contrast, higher color depth, and faster response time. Sony has included anti-reflection technology to make the system more usable in bright environments.

The microphone is built into the hardware just below the screen. This can be used for Skype, but Sony has suggested in the past that game makers take the opportunity to include microphone support in their games.

Sony has also improved the video-out functionality of the system. Previously, gamers wanting to play PSP games on the big screen could only do so on progressive televisions. With the revision, the system will be able to output to standard analogue televisions as well.

The last change is The "Home" button, which takes players back to the system's main interface menu, has been changed to a "PS Button," with the PlayStation logo. In Japan, the PSP-3000 will be released in three colors: Piano Black (PSP-3000 PB), Pearl White (PSP-3000 PW) and Mystic Silver (PSP-3000 MS).

Sony will offer the handheld as part of two packages. A 19,800 yen version will be offered, bundling an AC adapter and a 1200mAh battery with the hardware. Sony will also offer a 24,800 yen Value Pack, which adds a pouch, strap, cloth and a 4 gigabyte Memory Stick Pro Duo (Mark2).

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i have always wondered...
By Gul Westfale on 9/2/2008 9:34:53 AM , Rating: 1
i have always wondered why sony didn't include cellphone hardware in the PSP... then they could have sold the machine through carriers ("get the PSP free if you sign up for 3 years phone service"). that would have pretty much guaranteed market dominance... maybe the battery life would have been diminished too badly, or maybe it was internal politics (after all, sony might not want to compete with sony ericsson?)

whatever the case, including a mic and allowing skype to run on the machine is a nice thing to do. more functionality in one device, and if they can deliver it over here for the same price as the current machine then i might be tempted to buy one again... i had the original machine but it was too restricted in what you could do with it (unless you hacked it), and the refresh rate of the screen flat out sucked.

RE: i have always wondered...
By Goty on 9/2/2008 9:41:05 AM , Rating: 2
I think it really comes down to the fact that "gaming phones" usually suffer from too much of an identity crysis. The device will usually do one thing well and suck at the other, or in wost case scenarios, be horrible all-around (remember the N-Gage?).

RE: i have always wondered...
By joeymac on 9/2/2008 10:04:00 AM , Rating: 5
That's not how you spell 'crysis'.. It's 'crisis' ;)

Crytek need slap for that.

RE: i have always wondered...
By FITCamaro on 9/2/08, Rating: -1
RE: i have always wondered...
By spuddyt on 9/2/2008 1:54:14 PM , Rating: 2
be fair.... there isn't an edit buton

(Yes that was intentional)

RE: i have always wondered...
By Cullinaire on 9/2/2008 3:14:29 PM , Rating: 3
There is, however, a preview button.

RE: i have always wondered...
By fifolo on 9/3/2008 7:44:00 AM , Rating: 3
Well, if you are going to be be like that then: "why's" a non-standard contraction and your English teacher would circle it in red if you used it.

RE: i have always wondered...
By omnicronx on 9/2/2008 9:44:55 AM , Rating: 2
i have always wondered why sony didn't include cellphone hardware in the PSP... then they could have sold the machine through carriers
One word, batteries... Although I would agree that having a gaming machine and cell phone all in one would be great, I can see why this has yet to become a reality.
Take the Iphone for example, the thing can barely muster 3 hours of continuous use when browsing on the 3g network. When it comes down to it, having a phone on a highspeed network with gaming capabilities is just not plausible at this point in time. And if Sony were to release a psp with just cell phone capabilities without 3g, they would also be stuck in a corner as the device would be out of date before it was released.

RE: i have always wondered...
By Aloonatic on 9/2/2008 9:47:37 AM , Rating: 2
Sounds like a bit of a marketing nightmare really.

It would have bought comparisons to the N-Gage which tried this and it hasn't exactly set the world alight.

From my experiences with a PSP I don't think that I would like to use one as my mobile phone, so I certainly wouldn't like to sign up to an 1 year contract, let alone 3.

Would make quite a bulge in your pocket when carried around all the time too?

There's a lot to making a device a good mobile phone (as shown with the iPhone troubles) and isn't really something that you can add on as a nice little bonus should 1 in 10 customers fancy it.

But with the addition of Skype, and the growing number of households that are wireless enabled and ever increasing wireless hotspots, this seems like a pretty good time to roll out this sort of "bonus" feature which some may take advantage of, especially those with stronger arms into endurance events*.

* I haven't used a PSP for a while, they might have gotten a little lighter, but they must still be pretty big and rather uncomfortable to use as a phone for too long?

RE: i have always wondered...
By mmntech on 9/2/2008 11:33:05 AM , Rating: 1
Would make quite a bulge in your pocket when carried around all the time too?

Is that a PSP in your pocket or are you just happy to see me? Sorry, couldn't resist. lol

As it stands, the PSP is an excellent gaming platform and I also believe it to be of better value than the DS. (The system itself works out to be $10 cheaper than the DS when buying it in a bundle) However, I'm not sure who said it but the PSP really is becoming like a blunt Swiss Army knife. What's it got now? A camera, Skype, TV out, GPS. The only thing it doesn't have right now is games. The PSP-3000 really isn't a big leap from the 2000. It just adds a microphone and a brighter screen. The latter is said to shorten battery life by half an hour.

Skype may seem handy, especially with the added mic, but you're still tied to a wifi hotspot. I'd rather not see a PSP phone unless they do what Apple did with the iPhone and release a non-phone version (iPod Touch).

RE: i have always wondered...
By BansheeX on 9/3/2008 9:19:59 AM , Rating: 2
Aside from the smallish PSP library, a hacked firmware allows pretty much any PS1 game to be transferred and played on it. That is too enormous and legendary of a library for the DS to outgun.

RE: i have always wondered...
By Firechrome on 9/2/2008 8:14:42 PM , Rating: 2
The PSP is a gaming device first not a cellphone. Also, I don't think many people would want to sign a 3 year contract and carry a huge device as a phone.

RE: i have always wondered...
By afkrotch on 9/8/2008 4:30:48 AM , Rating: 2
Pretty much. To have it as an option, is one thing. To attempt to sell it as it's primary option is another.

I don't mind the PSP's size to play games, but I will agree with Firechrome. If I was simply hunting for a cellphone, the PSP would be low on my list.

With that said, I would be nice to tie my PSP up to my cellphone via like bluetooth. Like having my cellphone in my pocket and playing my PSP. If I get a call, just pick it up with my PSP, instead of pausing my game, reaching into my pocket for my cellphone.

Sony Ericsson
By ktawlks on 9/2/2008 10:46:51 AM , Rating: 1
Sony Ericsson + Sony = Same company
Yes it would be a little extreme for the PSP to have a built in phone, but I'm happy enough with it being completely interface able with my Sony Ericsson phone. I even use the same memory card for both devices.

RE: Sony Ericsson
By FITCamaro on 9/2/2008 12:57:41 PM , Rating: 2
Yes I love being forced to buy Sony's Pro Duo memory cards that are at least twice the price of similar flash memory. I have a PSP and a Sony camera and think both are good. But I hate how they overcharge for flash memory.

The camera I bought used and if I'd thought about the flash memory I wouldn't have bought it. I mean you can get an 8GB SD card for $21. The same amount of money for Sony gets you 1GB.

One of those times where I didn't look at the total cost of ownership.

RE: Sony Ericsson
By The0ne on 9/2/2008 1:05:18 PM , Rating: 2
And it sucks even more when it's only Sony that produces these memory cards or parts. At last on the MS Duo there a few choices out there to bring the price down a tad. :)

RE: Sony Ericsson
By MrSmurf on 9/2/2008 3:45:54 PM , Rating: 2
Sorry but it's your own choice when you decided to buy a Sony camera. With the PSP it's a little different but they didn't have to use any type of standard (like the 360 and PS2). When I think of a memory stick, I think a memory card for my PSP.

RE: Sony Ericsson
By Alexstarfire on 9/2/2008 5:04:47 PM , Rating: 2
Where the hell can you get an 8GB SD card for $21? I agree that SD cards are cheaper... but you are seriously exaggerating the differences. BTW, who makes Memory Stick Micro(M2) cards? Those are quite pricey as well.

RE: Sony Ericsson
By afkrotch on 9/8/2008 9:56:56 AM , Rating: 2

8 gb $29.99

You can find cheaper off brands.

By semo on 9/2/2008 4:34:41 PM , Rating: 1
the psp is fine sony... give us a smaller ps3. maybe if it sold better we would have had it by now.

RE: bleh
By afkrotch on 9/8/2008 10:23:52 AM , Rating: 2
Limits of technology. We probably won't see a smaller PS3 for a year or two. Making them smaller is actually a cost cutting measure. The smaller it is, the smaller the cooling is needed. The less plastic/metal is needed. At the same time, they can charge the same.

By Retrospect on 9/3/2008 11:57:26 AM , Rating: 2
When is it coming to the US market?

By Chris Peredun on 9/9/2008 8:26:20 AM , Rating: 2
Sony has suggested in the past that game makers take the opportunity to include microphone support in their games.

If this involves screaming at your PSP similar to what Phantom Hourglass commands from DS players, no thanks.

let,s study
By essam gad on 9/2/08, Rating: -1
RE: let,s study
By Disenchanted on 9/2/2008 3:24:30 PM , Rating: 2
Well, I'm glad SOMEONE finally recognized that the PSP is actually some sort of nuclear device, and that it is allah that is pulling the strings of the puppet known as Jack


RE: let,s study
By i3arracuda on 9/2/2008 4:25:38 PM , Rating: 3
The Category is "Clue":



Pat, I'd like to solve the puzzle!

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