Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) announced today that it will continue to further expand the PSP (PlayStation Portable) platform with new attractive accessories, features and services responding to active demand throughout the world.
Since its launch in Japan in December 2004, North America in March 2005, and in Europe in September, 2005, PSP has already shipped more than 15 million units worldwide establishing its position as a new handheld entertainment platform around the world. With its overwhelming power, unparalleled in handheld systems, PSP has gained huge support from a broad range of users.
To accelerate further penetration throughout the world, a new Base Model in black color will become available in Europe from March 22, 2006, and 199 Euro/199US$ respectively in North America end of March 2006. SCEI will also introduce Ceramic White for the base model of PSP (PSP-1000 CW) at a recommended retail price of 19,800 yen excluding tax (20,790 yen including tax) for the Japanese market.
On the software side, a series of new PSP Game are expected to be released from third party developers, publishers and SCE Worldwide Studios around the world. Highly anticipated titles are such as DragonBall Z: Shin, Budokai (BANDAI CO.,LTD), LocoRoco (SCEI) and MIN-NA NO CHIZU (ZENRIN CO., LTD) in Japan, Field Commander (Sony Online Entertainment), Godfather (Electronic Arts) and Syphon Filter (Sony Computer Entertainment America) in North America, and Football Manager Handheld (Sega Europe) and Lemmings (Sony Computer Entertainment Europe) in Europe.
Since its launch, PSP platform has evolved continuously with system software updates* adding new and attractive features such as internet browsing, playback and storing of highquality video. SCEI will further continue to update the system software and expand the world of entertainment with PSP. As a next step, SCEI will newly add Macromedia® Flash® player and extend RSS Channel function which enable users to playback and save internet radio content and entertainment movies.
As part of SCEI’s passion to spread the entertainment world of PSP, it has been introducing “PlayStation Spot”* in Japan since February 2006. SCEI has now more than 150 locations at train stations, complex café and games shops where PSP users can easily enjoy various content such as trial game software for free of charge. SCEI will further extend its location base so that more PSP users could have easier access to the “PlayStation Spot”.
For expanding the potential capability of PSP hardware, new camera (PSP-300) and GPS receiver (PSP-290) will be introduced from this autumn. By adding these new attractive peripherals, new features such as motion tracking technology of Eye Toy, developing the new game titles by utilizing the video chat function, portable navigating system with GPS function are highly expected.
SCEI will also start a new download service offering selected popular PlayStation format tittles from the past. By reviving software assets, users will be able to enjoy exiting PlayStation titles anytime, anywhere on PSP.
SCEI aims to expand the world of entertainment with game, music and movies in the mobile entertainment arena by offering new peripherals and the continuous system software upgrades for the additional features on PSP. With PlayStation, PlayStation 2 and PSP, SCEI will create and develop a new world of computer entertainment through the fusion of game, music, movies and broadcasting.