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    Sony Computer Entertainment America announced today that it will release a portable gaming system in the fourth quarter of 2004. Dubbed the PSP, the device will utilize a new media style called Universal Media Discs (UMD), which are 60mm optical discs that hold up to 1.8gb and were developed by Sony themselves. Unlike CD, DVD, or GameCube discs, the UMD discs will be encased in a cartridge-like housing, protecting them from scratches that would be likely otherwise.

    The PSP will be equipped with a backlit 480 x 272 pixel TFT screen, almost twice the resolution of both the GameBoy Advance and the GameBoy Advance SP (both of which have 240x160 pixel screens). Videophiles will note that the 480x272 size screen is a 16:9 ratio, which is the ratio that widescreen movies use.

    Sony does appear to be targeting a wider audience than the GameBoy Advance has enjoyed; USB 2.0 and Sony Memory Stick slots promise more than just games for the unit. The USB port can also be used to connect to other PSPs or a PS2 console. The unit will be able to decode MPEG4 video streams, which promises DVD-quality video at a smaller data rate.

    Though no plans were detailed on whether Sony would release or license films for the unit, with the existing specs and the storage space of the UMD media, it seems like a likely future announcement.

    As far as games to, the PSP is built for 3D. A gaming industry staple, polygons will be the primary form of geometry for the unit. In addition, however, the unit will be the first gaming system able to directly process NURBS, a spline-based form of geometry that has been used primarily for motion picture-based animation. While it is unlikely that NURBS will become the primary source of geometry for the unit, it will allow cutscenes that previously needed to be pre-rendered to be dealt with on the fly by the unit.

    Like Nintendo's GameBoy Advance SP, the PSP will ship with a rechargable lithium-ion battery. Sony also detailed that it will use PCM sound, including built-in speakers and stereo headphone output.

    Sony also outlined a schedule for the unit. The company will announce the licensing scheme for the unit starting this summer, while development tools, including PC-based software, will be available to game developers starting this fall. The unit itself isn't scheduled to hit shelves until Winter 2004, so expect to wait a while before any games are announced.

    Strangely enough, though the abilities of the unit were detailed, processor speeds (including MIPS and polygons/sec) were not mentioned at all. However, to render NURBS on the fly, the unit will need to have a good amount of processor power, likely well above that of the original PlayStation.

    Sony seems to have high hopes for the unit; SCEI President and CEO Ken Kutaragi stated that he seems a huge market for the unit, both for games and other forms of entertainment He stated, "This is the 'Walkman' of the 21st century."

    Sony has not yet announced a price for the unit, nor have they revealed a photograph of it. Should any more news develop on the PSP during E3 this week, Gameforms will have the latest for you.



Sounds... expensive.



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Poor Nintendo. After having their ass handed to them in the console market, they'll soon be under seige in the here-to-fore unchallenged handheld department. They better hope this is expensive, cuz from the sounds of it, it makes the GBA appear as a kid's toy. (Which I suppose some would argue it is...)



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The Gamepark GP32 already blows the GBA off the map, with its assortment of emulators and higher system specs... but it's not as if that'll ever see a US release.

Unchallenged, my ass -- the GB line has always had competitors, which have generally had superior specs. Game Gear, Lynx, TurboExpress, Nomad, NeoGeo Pocket Color, WonderSwan, GP32. Nintendo has always won through marketing and software -- the GB had Tetris and Mario Land, the GBC had Pokemon, and both had hordes of third-party titles.




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I knew I wasn't phrasing myself properly there.

Yes the Nintendo's had competitors in the handheld industry, but for one reason or another, Nintendo won fairly easily (by marketing and software, as mentioned.) This is the first systems to sound like a legitimate challenger to Nintendo's dominance, given that Sony is just as good at marketing and has the third party affiliations to be just as good at software as Nintendo is.



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Is this also an evolution of the MiniDisc? (Was one necessary? )



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So you too can have a easily broken, prone to over-heating PSX you can carry anywhere, even in your pocket.

I'll beleive this when I see it. Sony has the marketing no how but I've heard too many horror stories about their hardware to ever beleive this can work.

Nintendo, I figure has very little to worry about it. . .they've survived most of the portable challengers even when they had nearly equal footing (Game Gear)or superior hardware (TurboExpress, Neo Geo Pocket Color, Lynx) with even the original Game Goy, never mind the suceeding iterations.

Sony's got 10+ years of market dominance form Nintendo to upend. That's gonna take more than good specs.






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Easily broken? Over-heated? Wow, you are pretty good to gather that from the article.

Nintendo does have a pretty good headstart in handhelds. Then again, they had a pretty good headstart over Sony in consoles, too, and Sony seems to be doing OK in that market.
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Another generation of the Gameboy is inevitable anyway, so who knows how long Sony's PSP would have the specs advantage?

One thing that could help Sony dethrone Nintendo on the handheld market is PSOne compatibility. How much could it cost them to miniturize their Greatest Hits collection? FFVII on the go, sounds good to me.



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    Originally posted by ges7184
    Easily broken? Over-heated? Wow, you are pretty good to gather that from the article.

    Nintendo does have a pretty good headstart in handhelds. Then again, they had a pretty good headstart over Sony in consoles, too, and Sony seems to be doing OK in that market.



Thanks, but it didn;t take reading the article to know Sony's history of crap hardware. I'm going on past Sony game products for the "overheating/easily broken" thing.

Nintendo's dominance over consoles has been moot since about 1993, when they waited too long to roll out the Super NES. They've never recovered from Sega putting a dent in their market with the Genesis and now that they've reached the Gamecube, Nintendo's at best a niche palyer in the console market.







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Well there is always this...
http://www.classicgaming.com/vcsp/PSp/PSp1.htm



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I don't think Nintendo has much to worry about since this thing has an estimated release date of Q4 2004.



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