Sony has announced the specifications of its new PlayStation Portable console to attendees at this year’s E3 in Los Angeles – we can confirm that the new console is indeed region-locked, so won’t play games from other markets.
Some prototype peripherals were also on display with the console: a keyboard, camera and even a GPS unit (presumably so that kids can answer that perennial question for themselves: are we there yet?).
With a launch in Japan by the end of 2004, followed by European and US launches Spring 2005, it won’t be long before consumers get their hands on these to see what they’re like for themselves.
PSP™ Product Specifications Product Name: PlayStation®Portable (PSP) Color: Black Dimensions: Approx. 170 mm (L) x 74 mm (W) x 23 mm (D) Weight: Approx. 260 g (including battery) CPU: PSP CPU (System clock frequency 1~333MHz) Main Memory: 32MB Embedded DRAM: 4MBDisplay: 4.3 inch, 16:9 widescreen TFT LCD 480 x 272 pixel (16.77 million colors) Max. 200 cd/m2 (with brightness control) Speakers: Built-in stereo speakers Main Input/Output: IEEE 802.11b (Wi-Fi) USB 2.0 (Target) Memory Stick™ PRO Duo IrDA IR Remote (SIRCS) Disc Drive: UMD Drive (Playback only) Profile: PSP Game UMD Audio UMD Video Main Connectors: DC OUT 5V Terminals for charging built-in battery Headphone/Microphone/Control connector Keys/Switches: Directional buttons (Up/Down/Right/Left)Analog pad Enter keys (Triangle, Circle, Cross, Square) Left, Right keys START, SELECT, HOME POWER On/Hold/Off switch Brightness control, Sound Mode, Volume +/- Wireless LAN On/Off switch UMD Eject Power: Built-in lithium-ion battery, AC adaptor Access Control: Region Code, Parental Control Accessories: Stand Headphone with remote commander Headphone with remote commander and microphone External battery pack Case StrapUMD Specifications Dimensions: Approx. 65 mm (W) x 64 mm (D) x 4.2 mm (H) Weight: Approx. 10g Disc Diameter: 60 mm Maximum Capacity: 1.8GB (Single-sided, dual layer) Laser wavelength: 660nm (Red laser) Encryption: AES 128bit